Aulis Sallinen
Chamber Music I - VIII

Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Arto Noras, cello
Alexis Roman, alto flute
Jyväskylä Sinfonia Wind Quintet
Ville Matvejeff, piano & conductor
Ralf Gothoni, piano & conductor

Finnish contemporary


Sleeve notes in English and Finnish

2 CDs

June 2015

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1256-2D


Track listing

CD 1 78:57
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
1 Chamber Music I, Op. 38 for string orchestra (1975) 12:20
2 Chamber Music III, Op. 58 The Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote for solo cello and string orchestra (1985–86) 19:30
3 Chamber Music V, Op. 80a Barabbas Variations (2005) realised for solo piano and string orchestra by Ralf Gothóni from the original work for solo accordion and string orchestra (2000) 22:15
4 Chamber Music VII, Op. 93 Cruselliana for solo wind quintet and string orchestra (2007–08) 24:07

CD 2 78:21
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
1 Chamber Music II, Op. 41 for alto flute and string orchestra (1976) 14:58
Chamber Music IV, Op. 79 (2000) Metamorphoses of the Elegy for Sebastian Knight (1964) for piano and string orchestra 18:26
2 I Allegro - 4:28
3 II Passagaglia (Tempo più tranquillo) 5:48
4 III Lento Moderato 3:12
5 IV Rondo interrotto 5:10
Chamber Music VI, Op. 88 invitations au voyage for solo string quartet and string orchestra (2005–06) 24:33
6 I 10:51
7 II A Charles 7:54
8 III 6:02
9 Chamber Music VIII, Op. 94 (2008–09) The Trees, All Their Green (To the memory of Paavo Haavikko) for cello and string orchestra 19:42

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Press review

Assured playing by the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, with soloists such as the cellist Arto Noras and pianist Ralf Gothóni, and a fine commemoration of Sallinen's 80th birthday.

Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone, Awards issue 2015

Complete description

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.

Sallinen is well-known as a composer of large scale works, including six operas and eight symphonies. The Chamber Music series written between
1975 and 2009 are fascinating character pieces full of passion, and often written after the completion of larger opera projects. They contain dance-like elements, elements of humour and memorable melodies. They are also revealing Sallinen's stylistic development in the last four decades. Chamber Music III (The Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote) is among the most popular works by Sallinen and often described as a ‘cello concerto' by various commentators.

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).

Ralf Gothóni has created a worldwide career as a pianist and a conductor. He served as the Chief Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra during 2000-2009, and has recorded some 100 titles for various international record labels. This new release is the Ondine debut for the young and versatile Ville Matvejeff who enjoys a rapid success as conductor, composer and pianist throughout Europe as well as the USA, China, Japan and Mexico. Matvejeff assumed the position of Chief Conductor of the Jyväskylä Sinfonia in January 2014. The orchestra, founded in 1955, is known for its versatile repertoire, which includes works from the classica and romantic eras as well as contemporary music.