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Product details

Content
Uuno Klami
Northern Lights
Cheremissian Fantasy
Kalevala Suite

Artists

Genres
Instrumental
Orchestral

Features
Booklet with liner notes in English and Finnish

Format:
CD

Released:
January 2010 (Finland)
February 2010 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1143-2

EAN/UPC Code:
0761195114322

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Track listing

CD
65:25
1
Northern Lights, Op. 38 (1946)
18:49

Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra, Op. 19 (1931)
13:27
2
I. Lento, molto tranquillo
6:59

3
II. Presto, con bravura
6:28


Kalevala Suite, Op. 23 (1943)
32:56
4
I. The Creation of the Earth
7:16

5
II. The Sprout of Spring
5:09

6
III. Terhenniemi
7:06

7
IV. Cradle Song for Lemminkäinen
5:49

8
V. The Forging of the Sampo
7:25



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Awards

La Clef ResMusica.com
ClassicsToday.com '10/10'

Press review

Il est évident qu'Uuno Klami appartient ā part entičre ā la grande famille des compositeurs de talent męme si l'on peut se dispenser pour le décrire du qualificatif de génial. Il n'est que d'écouter cet enregistrement particuličrement réussi pour s'en convaincre aisément. Les qualités de l'Orchestre philharmonique d'Helsinki, trčs bien captées par le label Ondine, trouvent toutes leurs capacités d'expression sous la direction d'un chef d'orchestre aussi expérimenté que passionnant, John Storgårds.
Jean-Luc Caron, ResMusica.com, 29.7.2010, La Clef ResMusica.com

Farbenprächtig (...). John Storgårds leitet absolut idiomatisch klingende Interpretationen.
Thomas Schulz, Fono Forum, Juli 2010

Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic turn in superb performances (...). Ondine's sound is of demonstration class (...). Thoroughly recommended.
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, June 2010

Zu loben ist (...) das sehr gute Klangbild, das Nachhören aller feinen Verästelungen der Partitur ist jederzeit möglich. Klamis Nordlichter entpuppen sich dank dieser Interpretation als höchst inspiriertes Orchestergemälde.
Michael Loos, Klassik.com, 17.6.2010

Die Interpretationen bleiben vor allem durch den aussergewöhnlichen Klang des Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in Erinnerung, das wohl wie kein anderes Orchester die dunklen, erdigen Klänge der finnischen Musik zum Vibrieren bringen kann. Allein deswegen ist diese CD hörenswert. Aber John Storgårds (...) dringt auch tief in den Kern dieser vom Zweiten Weltkrieg beeinflussten Musik vor und malt Klangbilder von grösster emotionaler Kraft und transzendentaler Schönheit. Ein Must für alle Freunde nordischer Musik. Aber nicht nur.
Rémy Franck, Pizzicato, April 2010

Revontulet (1946) vakuuttaa tunnelmillaan ja jäntevyydellään. (...) Helsingin Kaupunginorkesterin esityksissä on loistokkuutta,lämpöä ja voimaa.
Lauri Kilpiö, Suomen Kuvalehti, 5.3.2010

This new release is outstanding in every way. The Helsinki Philharmonic knows this music as well as anyone, and in any event is a first-class ensemble no matter what the repertoire. John Storgards leads vibrant interpretations, with Samuli Peltonen an impressive cello soloist. The sonics are superbly lifelike, with plenty of detail and a wide dynamic range. Highly recommended.
David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, March 2010, Disc of the Month, Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10

The present disc needs to be heard by anyone who claims expertise or affection for Scandinavian music.
Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International, February 2010, Recording of the Month

Samuli Peltonen soittaa tseremissi fantasian virtuoosisesti ja herkästi. Kaupunginorkesteri yltyy Revontulissa ja Kalevala-sarjassa mahtavaan menoon John Storgårdsin ykkyttämänä. Orkesterin solistit ansaitsevat erikoiskiitoksen sooloistaan.
Ilkka Ylönen, Muusikko 2/2010

[Kalevala-sarja] on kuulunut Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin ulkomaankiertueiden vakio-ohjelmistoon, eikä ihme, että se Storgårdsin ja orkesterin väkevänä ja alkuvoimaisena tulkintana nousee levyn kohokohdaksi.
Risto Nordell, YLE Radio 1, 21.1.2010

Complete description

This CD pays tribute to Uuno Klami, one of the most successful and cosmopolitan Finnish composers; his popularity in Finland equals that of Jean Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara and still awaits major discovery beyond the national borders.

This recording features his monumental masterpiece Kalevala Suite for large orchestra, which became a true landmark in Finnish music history and remains his best-known work and a real orchestral showpiece. Also included is the orchestral fantasy Northern Lights, which Klami himself once called his best composition; this is the work's first commercial recording. The Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra has raised comparisons with Stravinsky's Le Sacre. It features acclaimed young Finnish cellist Samuli Peltonen as soloist.

Chief conductor John Storgårds leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which has a rich history of collaborating with Klami and of performing his works.

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