Armas Järnefelt

Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Camilla Nylund, soprano
Ilkka Paananen, piano



Booklet with liner notes in English and Finnish and the song lyrics in the original language and in English


August 2003

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1029-2


Track listing

CD 55:38
Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958)
1 Sunnuntaina (On Sunday) 1:54
2 Skymning (Twilight) 1:56
3 Puhjetessa kukka puhtahin (A Flower Is Purest When Blossoming) 1:26
4 Kanteleelle (To the Kantele) 2:38
5 Suvirannalla (Summer Shore) 1:16
6 När alla klockor klämtat tolf (When All Clocks Have Struck Twelve) 4:15
7 Köyhä (The Poor One) 2:51
8 Kehtolaulu (Liekku liiku) (Lullaby (Rock, O Cradle)) 3:19
9 En drömmares sång till livet (A Dreamer’s Song to Life) 4:12
10 Du (You) 1:55
11 Isänmaan kasvot (The Face of the Fatherland) 2:56
12 Aallon kehtolaulu (Lullaby to a Breaker) 2:26
13 I solnedgången (At Sunset) 2:15
14 Laula, laula! (Sing, Sing!) 3:37
15 Solsken (Sunshine) 1:54
16 Unelma (Dream) 3:37
17 Lina 1:53
18 En spel- och dansvisa (A Fiddling and Dancing Tune) 2:27
19 Titania 1:26
20 Kehtolaulu (Hiljaa, hiljaa) (Lullaby (Soft, soft)) 1:56
21 Toivoni (My Hope) 1:44
22 Leivo (The Lark) 2:25

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Press review

Jorma Hynninen - surely the finest baritone in the generation after Fischer-Dieskau - is without peer in such repertoire, and he does a marvelous job with these little gems.
Martin Anderson, Fanfare Magazine,  May/June 2001

Järnefelt is a name to conjure with for any Sibelian or Finnophile. (...) Nylund's rhapsodic 'Sing, sing!' (...) embodies Finland's supreme way of articulating emotion.
Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine, February 2004, Peformance **** / Sound ****

Complete description

This CD features baritone Jorma Hynninen (tracks 1-11) and soprano Camilla Nylund (12-22) with solo songs by Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958) who was a brother-in-law of Jean Sibelius. His slightly over sixty solo songs form a notable segment of Finnish National Romantic vocal music and are characterized by their use of melody, cantabile, colourful harmony and a Nordic freshness and lucidity. While his early songs are wholly grounded in folklore, his later output imports Impressionism and even Expressionist tones.

This recording was co-produced by the Armas Järnefelt Society.