Pictures from Finland
Kuvia Suomesta

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam, conductor


Photo album + CD (tourist compilation)


Digipak with full colour booklet, containing liner notes in English and Finnish and numerous illustrations


September 2007 (Finland)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1112-2


Track listing

CD 70:55
Uuno Klami (1900-1961)
1 Suomenlinna Overture, Op. 30 11:55
Selim Palmgren (1878-1951)
Kuvia Suomesta (Pictures from Finland), Op. 24
2 I. Kevätunelmia (Spring Dreams) 7:15
3 II. Rekiretki (Sleigh Ride) 2:18
Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Pohjalaisia-sarjasta (The Ostrobothnians suite), Op. 52
4 II. Vangin laulu (The Prisoner's Song) 3:52
Robert Kajanus (1856-1933)
5 Overtura sinfonica 9:12
Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924)
6 Valse lente (arr. Nils-Eric Fougstedt) 3:31
Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958)
7 Preludi 2:39
Toivo Kuula (1883-1918)
8 Häämarssi (Wedding March) (arr. Eero Kosonen) 6:01
Taneli Kuusisto (1905-1988)
9 584 Siunaa ja varjele meitä (Suomalainen rukous, Op. 27/2) 2:36
Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958)
10 Intrada 5:41
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
11 Valse triste, Op. 44/1 5:41
12 Kevätlaulu (Spring Song), Op. 16 8:56

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Awards '10 • 10 • 10'

Press review

A splendid choice as a business gift: a collection of early 20th-century Finnish national romantic orchestral music (...) gorgeous illustrations add to a fine CD product.
Lauri Kilpiö, Suomen Kuvalehti, March 7, 2008

A successful album, which forms an ideal present for others or yourself. You could not imagine a better visiting card for Finland!
Sixtus König,, December 2007, 10 • 10 • 10

Complete description

This CD + photo album product features a fine collection of 12 Finnish orchestral gems (including Valse triste by Sibelius, Wedding March by Toivo Kuula and Valse lente by Oskar Merikanto), newly recorded under the direction of chief conductor Leif Segerstam. The booklet includes 18 carefully chosen colour photographs of typical Finnish landscapes, which illustrate the inspiration which the featured composers draw from their relationship with Finnish nature.

This digipak album was released in 2007 in celebration of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra's 125th anniversary. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1882 and remains the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the Nordic countries. It gave the first performances of almost all the symphonic works by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) with the composer himself conducting.