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Image Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra; Adagio
Markus Maskuniitty’s debut recording together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra together with its chief conductor Sakari Oramo, showcases four concertante works for horn and orchestra covering a period of one hundred years (from 1849 to 1951). Robert Schumann described the horn as the ‘soul of the orchestra’ and he had a profound affinity with the instrument. The most substantial of Schumann’s works featuring the horn is the Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, Op. 86. Schumann considered the work as one of his best achievements as a composer. During 1849, Schumann wrote a total of three works featuring the valve horn. The Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano Op. 70 may be considered a precursor to the Konzertstück and is a central work in the Romantic horn repertoire. This recording includes an orchestration by conductor Ernest Ansermet. Camille Saint-Saëns wrote a large number of concertante works, including a masterfully crafted concertpiece for horn and orchestra in 1887. It highlights Saint-Saëns’s mature skills in orchestral writing and as a composer of solo instrumental music. Final piece of the recording is Glière’s Horn Concerto. Completed in 1951, it was the composer’s swansong. In this romantic concerto one can hear echoes of Tchaikovsky and other great masters of Russian classical music.

159 kr
Image Song of the Scarlet Flower - Laulu tulipunaisesta
This release includes the world première recording of the full orchestral score written by Armas Järnefelt’s (1869–1958) to Mauritz Stiller’s silent film Song of the Crimson Flower (1919) performed by Gävle Symphony Orchestra under Jaakko Kuusisto.

Armas Järnefelt – today largely known in music literature only as Sibelius’ brother-in-law – became one of the most remarkable Finnish orchestral composers during the 1890s. The composer wrote several symphonic poems and orchestral suites in his young age which were highly successful and widely performed by various orchestras in his home country. However, for reasons unknown, Järnefelt decided to devote himself to conducting. In the years to follow, Järnefelt moved to Sweden and become a highly-esteemed conductor. Some of Järnefelt’s miniatures became hits for salon orchestras in Europe, such as his Berceuse, but this recording makes more justice to a largely forgotten Nordic composer.

In 1919, Finnish-born film director Mauritz Stiller approached Armas Järnefelt and commissioned him to write an orchestral score for his silent film ‘Song of the Scarlet Flower’ (Sången om den eldröda blomman), based on a novel by Finnish author Johannes Linnankoski. Järnefelt made great efforts for the project and as a result, wrote a large 100-minute orchestral score. The work can be considered as his final orchestral masterpiece and a pioneer work in film music. The film was a huge hit and went on to be screened in more than 40 countries in addition to Sweden. It was also the first ever Nordic feature-length film to have a full-length original score written for it.

Järnefelt’s score was lost for a long time, although he did conduct a recording of extracts from the score in 1931. In the 1980s the original score was rediscovered among the possessions of Järnefelt’s relatives. Järnefelt’s score was augmented and restored by Jani Kyllönen and Jaakko Kuusisto for the present recording. Järnefelt’s manuscript and the orchestral parts from the original performance were used as source materials. The score as restored by Kyllönen and Kuusisto was first performed under Jaakko Kuusisto at a screening of the film at the Oulu Music Festival in March 2017.


259 kr
Image Paradisus vocis
Andrejs Selickis (b. 1960) is a singular, idiosyncratic phenomenon among Latvian composers. As with Arvo Pärt, Selickis’ work is inseparably linked to his faith, which has found a deep and unique expression in his distinct style. Iconic symbolism, sacred archetypes and the ecstatic experience of God’s presence are the keys to his music. This new recording by the Latvian Radio Choir includes choral works by Selickis. Conductor Sigvards Klava has enjoyed friendship and artistic collaboration with the giving premieres to several of his most important vocal works. Andrejs Selickis grew up and studied music in Latvia, when a crucial meeting with Arvo Pärt took place in the 1970s. Arvo Pärt became a mentor and an example for the composer, both in life and in music. After Pärt emigrated from the Soviet Union, Selickis’ found new home in his church. Selickis has worked as an independent artist since graduating from the conservatory. He lives in Riga and serves as a regent, liturgist and psalmist in various congregations of the Church. In 2015 he was awarded the Latvian Great Music Award, the highest state honour in music. The creative collaboration and friendship between Sigvards Klava and Selickis began in 2012 with the Litany to Mother Teresa, the first composition with which Andrejs Selickis entered active concert life. Together, Klava and Selickis have studied and sung Old Believer chants and have also set out pilgrimages to various monasteries. The present album serves as a resume of the creative collaboration between the Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava and Andrejs Selickis. ?The Latvian Radio Choir (LRC) ranks among the top professional chamber choirs in Europe and its refined taste for musical material, fineness of expression and vocal of unbelievably immense compass have charted it as a noted brand on the world map. The repertoire of LRC ranges from the Renaissance music to the most sophisticated scores by modern composers; and it could be described as a sound laboratory – the singers explore their skills by turning to the mysteries of traditional singing, as well as to the art of quartertone and overtone singing and other sound production techniques. The choir has established a new understanding of the possibilities of a human voice; one could also say that the choir is the creator of a new choral paradigm: every singer is a distinct individual with his or her own vocal signature and roles in performances. Sigvards Klava is one of the most outstanding Latvian conductors, also a professor of conducting and producer, music director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992. As a result of Sigvards Klava’s steady efforts, the Latvian Radio Choir has become an internationally recognized, vocally distinctive collective, where each singer possesses a creative individuality. Under Sigvards’ guidance, the choir has recorded a number of choral works by little known or completely forgotten composers of the past, as well as formed a friendly collaboration with a number of notable Latvian composers. Sigvards Klava is a professor at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. Klava is a multiple winner of the Latvian Great Music Award.

159 kr
Image Violin Concerto; Photoptosis; Die Soldaten Vocal S
This new release by the award-winning Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu is dedicated to the music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970), a leading figure in the music of post-Second World War Germany. This album includes a rendering of the composer’s magnificent violin concerto featuring star violinist Leila Josefowicz, orchestral score Photoptosis, as well as the first CD recording of Die Soldaten Vocal Symphony based on an opera that is widely considered as one of the greatest German operas of the 20th century. Zimmermann wrote his Die Soldaten opera, one of his keyworks, during the 1950s and 60s. The premiere of the opera was cancelled, and upon hearing the claim that the opera would be ‘impossible’ to perform, the composer adapted parts of the opera into a 40-minute vocal symphony suitable for concert performance. This work, filled with power and drama, is much more than a description of the apocalypse of modern war, and deserves its rightful place alongside the operas of Alban Berg. Zimmerman’s Violin Concerto is a relatively early work in the composer’s oeuvre. It was premiered in 1950 but has suffered much neglect. The influence of Schoenberg, Hindemith, Bartók, Stravinsky and Prokofiev are visible in this work which we might consider to manifest echoes of war. Photoptosis (1968), ‘Incidence of Light’, is among Zimmermann’s final orchestral pieces. Inspired by a painting created by Yves Klein for the Gelsenkirchen music theatre, this work includes quotations by Scriabin, Beethoven, Bach, and Wagner, among others. Yet, this “Prélude”, as described by the composer, is not a collage, but a study in orchestral sonority and light. Conductor Hannu Lintu recently won the Gramophone Award for his recording of the Bartók Violin Concertos (ODE 1317-2) together with Christian Tetzlaff and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have gathered excellent reviews in the international press. Two of their recordings were nominated for Gramophone Awards in 2018. One of them, including orchestral works and songs by Jean Sibelius (ODE 1289-5) also won an ICMA Award in January 2018.

159 kr
Image Romer's Gap - Three Concertos
This exciting new release of contemporary music includes three new concertos by Finnish composer Olli Virtaperko (b. 1973). The concertos are combining multiple styles from Baroque to prog jazz as well as different performance practices. Romer’s Gap is a concerto for electrically amplified cello featuring as soloist Perttu Kivilaakso, best known as lead cellist in the multi-million selling rock band Apocalyptica. Ambrosian Delights is a concerto for the knifonium, a vacuum-tube-based analogue synthesiser created by Jonte Knif. Multikolor, written for Joonatan Rautiola, is a single-movement work for baritone sax and small chamber orchestra. All three works are recorded by the Jyväskylä Sinfonia under conductor Ville Matvejeff.

“The three concertos on this album were written within a relatively short space of time, between 2013 and 2016. They reflect basic themes in my music in different ways, including my relationship to tradition and the problems of combining multiple styles and performance practises”, composer Olli Virtaperko describes in his liner notes, and continues: “What links these three concertos is that the solo parts were customised according to the technical and expressive potential of the soloists who premiered and recorded them. I collaborated closely with the soloist in each case. - - The past four-year period has offered me a fascinating journey into new musical colours and the borderland between acoustic and amplified music – with all the possibilities and challenges that this entails.”

Olli Virtaperko has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. He studied composition, the Baroque cello and early music performance practice at the University of Edinburgh and at the Sibelius Academy, and on the other hand he was also a vocalist in one of Finland’s most popular rock groups, Ultra Bra. Virtaperko’s musical background feeds directly into his work as a composer, which includes heavy-duty solo concertos and orchestral works but also a number of works for Baroque and Renaissance period instruments and for his own early music group, Ensemble Ambrosius.

Youtube trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sn1CeIsvYw

159 kr
Image Piano Sonatas Opp. 7, 13 (Pathetique), 109, 110 &
The final volume of pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s acclaimed cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas.
This volume combines the early Op. 7 and the famous Pathétique sonata together with the Last Sonatas Opp. 109-111 written by Beethoven in the 1820s.


159 kr
Image Liebeslieder
Best known for his gigantic orchestral masterpieces Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) took equal pleasure in writing smaller miniatures. In fact, Brahms wrote a substantial number of pieces for vocal quartet and piano; this ensemble was for him a vehicle for expressing warmth and positive emotions, and as such this genre remains one of the most beloved in his output. This new recording by the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava features a selection from his Opp. 52, 64, 65 and 92, including some of his famous Liebeslieder-Walzer. Brahms wrote his earliest waltzes for piano duet and published them as op. 39 in 1865. Some years later, in 1868–1869, he went on to write the Liebeslieder-Walzer for vocal quartet and piano four hands op. 52. These, in turn, prompted a ‘sequel’ in Neue Liebeslieder op. 65 five years later. These warm and vivacious songs are a happy marriage of Viennese waltzes and the love poetry of Georg Friedrich Daumer, and biographers point to a romantic impulse stemming from Brahms’s amorous enchantment with the daughter of his close friend Clara Schumann, Julia. Brahms’s vocal quartets with piano accompaniment represent an interesting chamber-music approach to vocal music. They give the impression of being created for the purpose of intimate music-making at home, among friends. The Liebeslieder-Walzer quickly became one of Brahms’s most popular works. Brahms’s op. 64, a set of three partsongs for quartet, was published in 1874. Op. 92 belongs essentially to Brahms’s late output. Its first partsong dates from 1877 and the other three from 1884. Despite the time gap, the partsongs in the set form a coherent and consistent whole. Three of the songs explore moods of evening and night, and the autumnal meditation of the second partsong fits in well. Award-winning Latvian Radio Choir is among the most prestigious chamber choirs in Europe. The choir’s previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. The recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013. Similarly, their recent release of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE 1266-5) received Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

159 kr
Image Peregrinus Ecstaticus; Noesis; Le poids des vies n
This new Ondine disc continues a series of recordings of the works of Erkki-Sven Tüür (b. 1959), a composer of several symphonies and one of the leading Baltic composers. Besides symphonies Tüür has also written concertos to commissions by various well-known orchestras. This disc includes two concertos featuring rising Finnish clarinetist Christoffer Sundqvist and star-violinist Pekka Kuusisto together with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.

Clarinet Concerto Peregrinus Ecstaticus was written to a commission by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and premiered together with the soloist Christoffer Sundqvist and Hannu Lintu in 2013. The Latin title of this concerto suggest a pilgrimage. Tüür gives the following description of the work: “Imagine a pilgrim’s quest, full of obstacles and hazards, towards his desired goal; his perseverance and vigour alternating with exhaustion and fatigue; conquering actual physical obstacles combined with spiritual struggles... […] However, this composition is not an attempt to describe such a journey. On the most abstract level, this is the very journey. I came up with this story and the title of the piece after I had already finished the score. Thus, this is not programme music. [...] I would be delighted if this piece inspired listeners to create their own “stories”, in the hope that the music touches the creative core of the audience.”

Noesis, a Double Concerto for Clarinet and Violin, was premiered in 2005 by Isabelle van Keulen, Michael Collins and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. The work follows a classical three-movement structure, all movements played attacca. As the music unfolds the two soloists beging to interact, moving closer to each other and ultimately finding unity and understanding (noesis) in the finale.

Le poids des vies non vécues is an orchestral work, stylically different from the two concertos. It is a small requiem written in 2014 to a commission by Orchestre National de Belgique.


159 kr
Image Violin Concertos
The Violin Concertos by Uuno Klami (1900-1961) and Einar Englund (1916-1999) are 20th century masterpieces of the violin concerto genre both overshadowed until now by their compatriot Jean Sibelius' hugely popular Violin Concerto. In this recording award-winning violinist Benjamin Schmid gives impressive performances of the two works together with Oulu Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Johannes Gustavsson.

159 kr
Image Rubáiyát / Balada / Canto V
GERALD FINLEY, bass-baritone
MIKA POHJONEN, tenor

HELSINKI MUSIC CENTRE CHOIR, HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
JOHN STORGÅRDS, conductor

This new recording by Ondine includes the world premiere recordings of four works by the celebrated Finnish contemporary composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928).

Rubáiyát (2015) is a song cycle based on the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1048– 1131). The work was written for Gerald Finley who in this recording sings the solo part of the orchestral version of the work.

Balada (2014), based on texts by Lorca, is a large-scale work for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra. Tenor Mika Pohjonen sings as the soloist. This cantata was premiered in Madrid in May 2015.

Into the Heart of Light (Canto V; 2012) is the composer’s latest installment in a series of works for string orchestra that share the title Canto. Rautavaara wrote the first of his Cantos in the 1960s, and each piece in the series have represented well the latest stylistic developments by the composer.

The concluding work of the recording is Four Songs from the opera Rasputin. These dramatic songs were arranged by the composer for mixed choir and orchestra in 2012.

In the last two decades the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - conducted in this present recording by John Storgårds - has released several awardwinning recordings of the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara.

159 kr
Image South Ostrobothnian Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Toivo Kuula (1883-1918), a Finnish composer with significant melodic gifts and a private pupil of Sibelius, is best-known as a tragic national-romantic composer of vocal music. Although Kuula's focus was in vocal music he took considerable interest in writing orchestral music and in his orchestral works he is often a conjurer of powerful Nordic moods. Kuula had also aims of becoming a symphonist but his untimely death left the project unfinished.



159 kr
Image Preludes Book 2 / Suite bergamasque
MARITA VIITASALO, piano

Pianisti Marita Viitasalon sooloalbumi Ondinella keskittyy Claude Debussyn (1862-1918) pianomusiikkiin. .

Säveltäjä kirjoitti pianopreludiensa toisen vihkon vuosien 1912-13 aikana, ja ne edustavat säveltäjän myöhäisempään tyylillistä kehitystä. Suite bergamasque, joka julkaistiin vuonna 1905, kuuluu klassisen pianokirjallisuuden tunnetuimpiin teoksiin - se sisältää myös sävellyksen Clair de lune, todennäköisesti Debussyn tunnetuimman pianoteoksen.

Marita Viitasalo opiskeli Helsingissä professori Timo Mikkilän oppilaana. Hän jatkoi sittemmin opintojaan Roomassa (Rodolfo Caporali) sekä Wienissä (Dieter Weber). Viitasalo on palkittu konserttipianisti sekä arvostettu laulumusiikin säestäjä, joka on esiintynyt muun muassa Wienissä, Salzburgissa, Berliinissä, Pariisissa, Lontoossa, Edinburghissa sekä New Yorkissa. Viitasalo toimi vuosina 1981- 2010 Sibelius-Akatemian pianonsoiton professorina. 1980-luvulta lähtien Viitasalo on tehty lukuisia laulumusiikin levytyksiä. Soolotaiteilijana hän on tunnettu etenkin Debussyn, Ravelin ja Sibeliuksen musiikin tulkitsijana.

Marita Viitasalo sai Pro Finlandia -mitalin vuonna 2006.







159 kr
Image Four Serious Songs; Clarinet Sonata No. 1; Weites
This recording includes a fascinating program: Luciano Berio's iconic adaptation of Johannes Brahms' Clarinet Sonata No. 1 combined with Detlev Glanert's recent arrangement of Brahms' late vocal masterpiece, Four Serious Songs. Also included is Glanert's new orchestral work Weites Land written in the spirit of Brahms. This disc includes as its soloists award-winning clarinetist Kari Kriikku and German baritone Michael Nagy. This is the second release of Estonian conductor Olari Elts together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Detlev Glanert was, like Brahms, born in Hamburg. A pupil of Diether de la Motte and Hans Werner Henze, Glanert has long felt a deep connection with Brahms' music through "a specific North German tradition, in which I believe myself to be connected with Brahms, to do with a melancholy in his pieces, with a certain severity." Luciano Berio was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986 to provide an orchestral version of the first of the two late sonatas Brahms composed in 1894, two years prior to the Serious Songs. Berio created a 25-minute concerto, although retaining the designation "Sonata". Berio's treatment of Brahms' was highly respectful and straightforward and the solo part is almost identical with the origina lsonata.

159 kr
Image Poeme de l'amour et de la mer
Soprano Soile Isokoski is singing orchestral songs by three different French composers in her new recording. The recording includes two major works in the French song repertoire - Ernest Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer and Hector Berlioz's Nuits d'été. The disc ends with three finely-crafted miniature songs by Henri Duparc, which are no less of artistic value.



159 kr
Image Chamber Music I-VIII
One of the internationally most well-known Finnish composers, Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) celebrates his 80th birthday in 2015. As a tribute, Ondine is releasing the complete Chamber Music (I-VIII) series by the composer.

The 2 CD set includes virtuosic chamber works performed by, among others, the award-winning Meta4 String Quartet, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, cellist Arto Noras and conductors Ville Matvejeff and Ralf Gothóni, who are also both appearing here as soloists.

Chamber Music VI and VII receive their world premiere recordings, as well as Ralf Gothóni's adaption of the Chamber Music V for piano and strings (originally for accordion and string orchestra).


259 kr
Image Piano Sonatas Opp. 2, 101 & 106 Hammerklavier
PAAVALI JUMPPANEN, piano


Paavali Jumppanen is an internationally esteemed pianist, a versatile performer equally at home as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and a recitalist. His vast repertoire spans piano literature from Bach to the Avant-garde. Jumppanen has spent several years performing the works of Viennese Classics, in particular Beethoven. His performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven's and Mozart's Piano Sonatas as well as Beethoven's concertos and chamber music have won critical acclaim.

Jumppanen has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers and premiering many solo and chamber works for the piano. He has worked personally with esteemed composers including Pierre Boulez, William Duckworth, Henri Dutilleux, as well as composers of his native Finland. On the DG recording project of the complete works by Pierre Boulez, Jumppanen recorded the piano sonatas upon the composer's request.

Paavali Jumppanen's first solo piano disc on Ondine is a double-CD which contains five Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), including three early sonatas and the well-known Hammerklavier Sonata.

Jumppanen describes the project: "I had spent several years performing the complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas and wanted to record that period of my artistic life. I see it as important that each generation of musicians present their views of this music. In so doing they participate in a kind of dialogue with the past generations of artists, whose recordings of Beethoven we so well know. Each time-period has its own soundscape and musical ideas."

Jumppanen is currently in the process of writing a book on Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. He has also written the liner notes for the new Ondine recording.



159 kr
Image Nature Morte
Ondine is proud to release this disc of choral works dedicated to Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962). The works, recorded in the presenceGalina Grigorjeva, originally born in Ukraine, is known for her deeply spiritual and timeless sacred vocal works.

The title piece of the disc, Nature Morte, is a powerful spiritual work based on poetry by Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996).

Some elements of folk music can also be heard in the vocal suite Svjatki which uses Russian folk texts. Other vocal pieces on the disc follow traditional Latin and Slavic liturgical texts.

The recordings by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir have gathered positive reviews in the worldwide press. This recording is the fifth release by the choir on Ondine.

159 kr
Image Trio Sonatas
MEMBERS OF THE FINNISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA:
PETRA AMINOFF, flute
SIRKKA-LIISA KAAKINEN-PILCH, viola d'amore, violin
HANNU VASARA, violin
ASKO HEISKANEN, chalumeau
JANI SUNNARBORG, bassoon
MARKKU LUOLAJAN-MIKKOLA, cello & viola da gamba
EERO PALVIAINEN, lute
PETTERI PITKO, cembalo & organ


Finnish Baroque Orchestra's second release of Christoph Graupner's (1683-1760) music continues to reveal delightful masterpieces by the Baroque master, who during his lifetime was even more well-known than his colleague Johann Sebastian Bach. After the acclaimed release of Graupner's orchestral works (ODE 1220-2; The Finnish broadcasting company YLE Record of the Year 2013), this new album focuses on some of the chamber works by Graupner - the Trio Sonatas.

Graupner was extremely productive as a composer, with a catalogue of over 2'000 works varying from orchestral works to cantatas, concertos and chamber music. He also possessed a unique personal style of writing music and often favoured certain rarer instruments in his works. Among these are the viola d'amore as well as the chalumeau, both instruments being heard also on this disc.

From his contemporaries Graupner's music stands out with its exceptional command of melody and harmony.



159 kr
Image Einojuhani Rautavaara 90th Anniversary Edition
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016) would have turned 90 October 9th, 2018. During his long career as a composer spanning seven decades from the late 1940s until his very last days, the composer created a wide list of works in various music genres, including 8 symphonies, several concertos and operas as well as a large amount of vocal and chamber music – majority of them have been recorded by Ondine. The recordings released by the label played a key role in bringing the composer to international attention during the 1990s. This anniversary release includes a re-issue of his 8th Symphony, written for the centenary of the Philadelphia Orchestra, his Harp Concerto, written for the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as a sampler of selected moments from Ondine’s extensive Rautavaara discography.

89 kr
Image Piae Cantiones & Memoria Sancti Henrici - Medieval
This re-issue of early Medieval vocal music from Finland includes a unique reconstruction of 14th and 15th century Gregorian music that was performed in Finland in the memory of St. Henry, Finland’s Patron Saint. Liturgical literature dealing with St. Henry is abundant and the music in this collection consists of extracts from masses and offices to St. Henry. Liturgical legend and oral tradition provide a colourful account of English clergyman’s mission to Finland where he was killed on January 20th, 1156. This day became the day for commemoration of the saint. He has been held to be the principal founder of the Church of Finland since the 1290s, when his relics were translated to the national shrine, the Church of Our Lady in Turku. Music collection Piae Cantiones was first published in 1582 by Jacobus Finno, the headmaster of the Turku Cathedral School. This collection of songs in Latin are not directly religious, but the texts have a strong Christian undercurrent. Apart from the liturgical material, almost the only music from the Middle Ages and the early modern era preserved in the Nordic countries consists of cantios. The cantios were mostly cultivated in schools and vary in construction and subject. Large number of the melodies in this collection can be traced back to the Middle Ages. However, about half the melodies have not been found in any other source. This collection of songs became very popular, and their first edition in Finnish language was published in 1616.

159 kr
Image Lumikuningatar (The Snow Queen)
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
TUOMAS KANTELINEN, conductor


Finland's internationally most successful movie music composer Tuomas Kantelinen has written the music for more than 30 films since the mid-1990s, including Puhdistus (Purge, directed by Antti Jokinen), Äideistä parhain (Mother of Mine, Klaus Härö), Mindhunters (Renny Harlin) and Mongol (Serge Bodrov). Kantelinen has received several awards at home and abroad for his film scores, including the Finnish Jussi Award for Lunastus (The Redemption, 1997) and Rukajärven tie (Ambush, 1999).

With The Snow Queen, the Finnish National Ballet scored a hit. This success was due not only to Andersen's wonderful story and its brilliant staging but also to the music of composer Tuomas Kantelinen. He says he wanted "to write music that is melodic, beautiful and accessible, as its principal function is to put viewers of all ages into a cheerful Christmas mood. It is a deliberate nod towards the tradition of Christmas ballets for the whole family, such as Nutcracker. I had a great deal of fun creating character dance pastiches that illustrate the conceptions that people have of the musical styles of various countries."

In addition to film scores, Kantelinen has written music for TV series and ads. His opera Paavo Suuri (Paavo the Great) was performed at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki in 2000 and broadcast around Europe on the Arte TV channel. He has also written a Piano Concerto, a Guitar Concerto and works for choir, symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra.

Tuomas Kantelinen is at his best when shifting chameleon-like between musical styles and colours and writing music that elicits a genuine emotional response. For this timeless tale, he created a musical score that is at once nostalgic and contemporary.


89 kr
Image Sacred Love
Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor
Ieva Ezeriete, soprano

Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Klava


This new release from the Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Klava features timeless choral works by three composers from Russia and Latvia: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats and Georgy Sviridov. The themes of the 20th and 21st century choral works presented on the disc range from love to nature and the sacred. Five of the works include solo parts which are sung by two notable Latvian singers, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ieva Ezeriete.

Latvian Radio Choir's previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor's Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013.

The title work of the recording, Sviridov's Sacred Love, is a unique example of aesthetic and beautiful vocal writing and has also great potential for radio play.

The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. The repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir regularly commissions works from leading Latvian composers.

Sigvards Klava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia's most prolific choral conductors. Apart of the standard repertoire he has conducted most premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.



159 kr
Image Guitar Concertos
Timo Korhonen (guitar)
Oulu Symphony Orchestra / Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Ondine proudly presents world première recordings of two Guitar Concertos: one by Kimmo Hakola and the other by Toshio Hosokawa. These are performed by Timo Korhonen - the guitarist for whom the concertos were written - and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Kimmo Hakola's Guitar Concerto is a colourful exploration of themes connected to both medieval and modern Southern Spain and Northern Africa

Toshio Hosokawa takes a more meditative approach as he searches for symbolic universal harmony in his music.

Timo Korhonen is one of the world's most acclaimed guitarists. He has premiered over 40 new works during his career, and has made several critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali has recently made a number of significant international debuts. He participated in the Dudamel Fellowship Programme in 2011/12, and will start his tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2013. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra. This CD is his debut disc.

The Oulu Symphony Orchestra has developed considerably over the last few years under Anna-Maria Helsing. Johannes Gustavsson will continue this development from this autumn when he takes over as Chief Conductor.



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Image Passion de Simone (La)
La Passion de Simone
Musical path in fifteen stations

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tapiola Chamber Choir / Esa-Pekka Salonen

World Premiere Recording

Following its successful world première in 2006, Ondine is proud to present Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone, for soprano solo, choir, orchestra and electronics for the first time on SACD.

Kaija Saariaho considers La Passion de Simone - an oratorio about the life and thoughts of Simone Weil - to be her most important work. This SACD features world class performers including Dawn Upshaw and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Chamber Choir.

Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide acclaim for her wide-ranging operatic and concert repertoire. Kaija Saariaho wrote the soprano part in La Passion de Simone and the opera L'Amour de loin for her.

One of the most important artists in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen has become established both as a celebrated conductor and composer.

This release is also a tribute to Kaija Saariaho who turned 60 on 14th of October 2012.

"a magical union of words, music and theatre: a creation of great beauty and drama..." Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday


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Image Symphony No. 2
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds

This release of works by Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja features his Symphony No.2, the symphonic poem Kullervo and Elegy - the first movement from the Symphonic Suite, op.4. Madetoja's Second Symphony, premiered in December 1918, was the most significant piece of music written in Finland since the symphonies of Sibelius. In the tone poem, he paints an image of Kullervo, the anti-hero of the Finnish national epic Kalevala, with tragedy and pathos.

John Storgards, one of Finland's exceptional artists, has taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. Since 2008, Storgards has been Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic since 2012.





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Image Olli Mustonen: Scriabin
Olli Mustonen, piano

This CD features Olli Mustonen with piano works by Alexander Scriabin, which have become his signature pieces in recital concerts.

The virtuoso sets of Etudes and Preludes cover a wide range of late-Romantic expressions, from heroic to religious, ecstatic to melancholic. The Sonata No. 10 is regarded as one of Scriabin's greatest works. The collection culminates with the pianistic tour-de-force of Vers la flamme, an astonishing piece famously championed by the late Vladimir Horowitz.

Olli Mustonen has been hailed by The Sunday Times as, "a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists."



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Image Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo

This new release features the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo performing Sergei Prokofiev's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6.

These two symphonies, composed in 1944 and 1947, are very different in mood, but stylistically closely related. The Fifth was written amid the chaos of the Second World War and seeks to find a positive solution; but in the Sixth, completed soon after war, the mood is darker. Both feature Prokofiev's melodic writing at its best.

Sakari Oramo, following his tenure as Chief Conductor of the CBSO, served as chief conductor of the Finnish RSO from 2003 to 2012. As of autumn 2013 he will be the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. With the Finnish RSO, he has won considerable critical acclaim from recordings of 20th-century and contemporary Finnish repertoire.




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Image Violin Concerto / Jubilees / Souvenir
PEKKA KUUSISTO, violin & director

TAPIOLA SINFONIETTA
MAGNUS LINDBERG, conductor


Ondine continues its collaboration with Magnus Lindberg by presenting the world première recordings of his Violin Concerto, and the chamber orchestra works Jubilees and Souvenir.

Magnus Lindberg's music is always instrumentally idiomatic and powerful. The soloist part in the Violin Concerto is demanding, yet gratifying, and rich. Jubilees is an adaption of earlier piano miniatures and Lindberg made them resemble the original as closely as possible, yet illustrating the dimensions of instrumental thinking and transforming them into an idiomatic large chamber ensemble texture. Premiered in New York in 2010 Souvenir, a kind of homage to Gérard Grisey and Franco Donatoni, ranges musically from chamber-music lucidity to an almost Romantic orchestral opulence.

Internationally renowned violinist Pekka Kuusisto is recognised for his fresh approach to the repertoire and for being a strong advocate of new music. On this recording he appears as soloist and director of the Tapiola Sinfonietta, an orchestra with which he works together on a frequent basis.

The Tapiola Sinfonietta, founded in 1987, emphasises the vital role of each musician and represents uncompromising quality, be it in the music of the Viennese-Classical period, modern classics or contemporary music. Their broad discography includes many critically acclaimed CDs.

Magnus Lindberg, known in the first place as composer, has always been inspired by instrumental qualities and by the elements of musicianship and performing. Appearing as pianist on an earlier recording of his chamber works (ODE 1199-2), he appears for the first time also as conductor of his own works on this release. Between 2009 and 2012 Lindberg was Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic, with new works including Souvenir among others.



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Image Works for Children's Choir
Tapiola Choir
Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra
Pasi Hyökki, conductor

This CD features works for children's choir by Einojuhani Rautavaara, mostly written for and here performed by the world-renowned Tapiola Choir under their music director Pasi Hyökki.

These pieces cover a wide range of topics and moods, extending from humorous nursery rhymes to more serious philosophical issues and religious solemnity. The album title piece is the one-act choral opera Marjatta matala neiti ("Marjatta the Lowly Maiden") for soloists, children's choir, and instrumental chamber ensemble, based on a poem from the Kalevala epos. The half-hour "mystery play" tells the story of Marjatta who becomes impregnated after eating a lingonberry and gives birth to a son - thus the Finnish mythological adaptation of the Christian story of Jesus' conception and birth from a virgin.

Finnish cult composer Rautavaara is one of the rare composers to have written extensive and substantial repertoire for children's choir. More generally, his major output for mixed and for male choir has cemented his position as one of today's most popular composers of choral music.



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Image Vie / Missa / False Memories I-III
This CD features Finland's star clarinetist Kari Kriikku with the première recording of Jukka Tiensuu's second clarinet concerto Missa, written for him in 2007. Also included are the orchestral pieces Vie (2007) and False Memories I-III (2008) by the same composer.

Jukka Tiensuu is regarded as one of the most fascinating Finnish living composer along with Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, and Magnus Lindberg. His first clarinet concerto Puro, written for Kari Kriikku in 1989, has since known a phenomenal success, with fifty acclaimed performances around the globe.

Kari Kriikku, the muse to a number of Finland's high profile composers, has previously made acclaimed recordings of clarinet concertos by Magnus Lindberg (2006 BBC Music Magazine Award & Classic FM Gramophone Award; ODE 1038-2), Kimmo Hakola (ODE 1063-2), and Jouni Kaipainen, in addition to Jukka Tiensuu's Puro (ODE 778-2). Upon the world premiere of Missa in Glasgow on May 4, 2007, The Scotsman wrote, "Kari Kriikku was the solitary star. His ability to get effects out of his instrument was clearly the inspiration behind Tiensuu's concerto."

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is led on this disc by their chief conductor John Storgårds, who has made several award-winning recordings of contemporary music.



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Image GRAFFITI / Seht die Sonne
EN AV ÅRETS SKIVOR 2010 ENLIGT LARS HEDBLAD PÅ SVENSKA DAGBLADET

HÖGSTA BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I DAGENS NYHETER

"Vinst är lycka! är en av de inskrifter från Pompeji som Magnus Lindberg tonsatt i Graffiti, hans första verk för kör och orkester. Utan berättartråd målas stadslivets existensiella och triviala sidor upp genom en rad klottercitat. Senromantiska, moderna och arkaiska drag i musiken uttrycker såväl antik intensitet och färgrikedom som latinets stringens. Drag av senromantisk tondikt har även det virtuosa orkesterverket Seht die Sonne, som bildar ett expansivt flöde med gestik av Gershwin och klanger av Sibelius. Förstklassiga framföranden.
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Lindberg's conviction, and technical resourcefulness, in creating this sound world can inspire rapturous enjoyment or alienated bafflement (...). The effect is always upbeat, exuberant and laid down with immense panache by the Finnish forces involved, in spectacularly vivid sound.
Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, March 2010

- Magnus Lindberg is one of today's most acclaimed living composers who currently serves as the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence.

- This new recording showcases his famed skills as an orchestral composer. Seht die Sonne ("Behold the Sun"; 2007) is an ideal example of his recent, more approachable style.

- GRAFFITI (2009) is Magnus Lindberg's first large-scale choral work with orchestra, which earned him the 2009 Finnish Composer Society's Award. The sung texts are a selection of 2000-year-old Latin graffiti inscriptions from the walls of excavated Pompeii houses. Their themes cover a range of aspects of domestic, political or civic life, including even some graphic language. International performances of this vital music (with hints of Stravinsky, Britten and Orff) have been received with great public and critical acclaim.

- Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra are experienced champions of their compatriot's music; their recording of Sculpture / Campana in aria / Concerto for orchestra was listed by the New York Times among a selection of the 22 most notable recordings of 2008. The Clarinet Concerto recording won best contemporary / première recording at both the Gramophone Awards and the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2006.


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Image Before the Icons / Tapestry of Life
OPUS REKOMMENDERAR

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I GÖTEBORGS-POSTEN

"Here we have one of the greatest living composers working in the full inspiration of his mature style, performed and recorded with world-class passion and intensity. It really doesn't get any better."
(ClassicsToday.com. Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10)

Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognized as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine have been bestsellers and garnered numerous awards (including a 1997 Grammy nomination for Angel of Light).

This CD features the mystical composer's latest orchestral works, two poignant testimonies of a mature artistic, spiritual and human personality. The uplifting orchestral Before the Icons (2005) is based on the earlier piano cycle Icons (1955; ODE 710-2) and therefore spans over Rautavaara's entire career. The work drew its inspiration from a book of Orthodox icons. Rautavaara wrote A Tapestry of Life in 2007 after an almost miraculous recovery from an acute illness. "Few contemporary composers are as skilled (...) in using tonality without compromise," wrote the New Zealand Herald, upon its premiere performance.

Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra build on their long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriot's music.



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Image Northern Lights / Kalevala Suite / Cheremissian Fa
OPUS REKOMMENDERAR

Uuno Klami (1900-1961) belongs to one of the most clearly cosmopolitan figures of Finnish music after Sibelius. Klami's view of the Kalevala is closer to Stravinsky's paganism than to that of Finnish national romanticism.

Klami took rich influences from his student years in Paris and Vienna. Yet, these influences he handles in a way that is natural and convincing, blending them into his own musical language and personality.

This disc features some of Klami's most remarkable orchestral works; the colorful Kalevala Suite, folklorish Cheremissian Fantasy (for Cello and Orchestra), and the Respighian-style Northern Lights (Aurore Boréale), which is a wartime metaphor of human loneliness during a time of terror, and here recorded for the first time for commercial release.



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Image Song of My Heart - Orchestral Songs
This first anthology of Rautavaara's orchestral songs will be welcomed by all fans of Finnish cult composer Rautavaara's music, especially by those who love his successful operas. The booklet contains liner notes written by the composer himself, as well as the lyrics both in the original language and in English translation.




A beautifully produced survey of Rautavaara's songs. (...) Ondine's sound, as ever, is first rate.


- Guy Rickards, The Gramophone, December 2006





This production combines half a century of musical poetry. (...) A wonderful, sometimes even dreamlike recording, which requires much calm from the listener, but gives back to him at least as much calm and beauty.


- Rasmus van Rijn, Klassik-Heute, 10 September 2006




Gabriel Suovanen, baritone

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam


Einojuhani Rautavaara


Three Sonnets of Shakespeare

1. That time of year

2. When I do count the clock

3. Shall I compare thee



Fünf Sonette an Orpheus (Five Sonnets to Orpheus)

Rainer Maria Rilke

4. Da stieg ein Baum (A Tree Arose)

5. Und fast ein Mädchen wars (A Maiden Almost)

6. Ein Gott vermags (A God Can Do It)

7. O ihr Zärtlichen (O Tender Ones)

8. Errichtet keinen Denkstein (Raise No Memorial)



Die Liebenden (The Lovers)

Rainer Maria Rilke

9. Liebes-Lied (Love Song)

10. Der Schauende (Man Looking)

11. Die Liebende (Woman Loving)

12. Der Tod der Geliebten (The Death of the Beloved)



Guds väg (God's Way)

Bo Setterlind

13. Guds väg (God s Way)

14. Barnet (The Child)

15. Pingst (Pentecost)

16. Dröm i katedralen (Dream in the Cathedral)



Three Songs from the Opera Alexis Kivi

Alexis Kivi

17. Ikävyys (Melancholy)

18. Laulu oravasta (The Squirrel)

19. Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart)




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Image Sensitive Skin
Award-winning Finnish accordionist, composer, adventurist Kimmo Pohjonen releases his new album Sensitive Skin on Ondine's Octopus label.
The album appears on Ondine's sub-label Octopus and follows the successful Uniko album (ODE 1185-2) with Kronos Quartet and Samuli Kosminen.
Sensitive Skin features new Pohjonen compositions exploring dynamic, new sonic territory with special guests Kronos Quartet (string quartet) and several Finish players.
Kimmo Pohjonen has this to say: "This is the first album where I had enough time to plan and record at a comfortable pace and in my own studio, allowing the music to emerge more organically and exactly as I wanted. Additionally, the vocal contributions by my daughters were a big influence on the way the music and album were shaped, created and arranged. I am more than satisfied, even thrilled with the results."

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