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SIBELIUS, J.: Orchestral Songs (Isokoski)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2011


Artists:

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra


Segerstam, Leif


Leif Segerstam

Soloist

Soile Isokoski

Soloist

Record Label
Ondine

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Total Time - 60:03
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LARIN KYOSTI

1 

6 Songs, Op. 72 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra)

3:07
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

KALEVALA

2 

Luonnotar, Op. 70

8:49
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

GUSTAF FRODING

 

6 Songs, Op. 36 (arr. I. Hellman and E. Pingoud)

 
3 No. 2. Men min fagel marks dock icke (But my bird is nowhere to be seen) 2:47
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JOHAN LUDVIG RUNEBERG

4 No. 4. Sav, sav, susa (Reed, reed, rustle) 2:32
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JOSEF JULIUS WECKSELL

5 

6 Songs, Op. 36 (version for soprano and orchestra)

2:36
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JOHAN LUDVIG RUNEBERG

6 

7 Songs, Op. 13 (version for soprano and orchestra)

1:35
 Leif Segerstam Soloist
     
7 

7 Songs, Op. 13 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra)

5:10
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JOSEF JULIUS WECKSELL

 

5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. N. Fougstedt and J. Jalas)

 
8 No. 1. Den forsta kyssen (The First Kiss) 1:58
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
9 No. 3. Soluppgang (Sunrise) 2:17
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
10 No. 4. Var det en drom? (Was it a dream?) 2:22
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

 

5 Songs, Op. 38 (version for voice and orchestra)

 
11 No. 1. Hostkvall (Autumn Evening) 4:54
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
12 No. 2. Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea) 3:39
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JOHAN LUDVIG RUNEBERG

13 

Arioso, Op. 3 (version for voice and orchestra)

4:38
 Leif Segerstam Soloist
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

 

7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra)

 
14 No. 6. Illalle (To Evening) 1:21
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
15 No. 7. Lastu lainehilla (Driftwood) 0:58
 Leif Segerstam Soloist
     
16 

Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck) (arr. J. Jalas)

1:17
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

JOHAN LUDVIG RUNEBERG

17 

7 Songs, Op. 17 (version for soprano and orchestra)

2:43
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
     
 

OSCAR LEVERTIN

18 

7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra) (text by O. Levertin)

4:02
 Leif Segerstam Soloist
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

19 

8 Songs, Op. 57 (version for soprano and orchestra)

3:18
 Soile Isokoski Soloist
 Segerstam, Leif


This recording features the Finnish star soprano Soile Isokoski with her first all-Sibelius recording of works for voice and orchestra, including the tone poem Luonnotar and eighteen of Sibelius’s orchestral songs. Luonnotar (Daughter of Nature), completed in 1913, is a powerful tone poem for soprano and orchestra. Based on an excerpt from the Finnish national epic Kalevala, the song tells of the mythical creation of the earth and the sky. Performed in their original language (Swedish, Finnish), this recording contains almost all the songs of Sibelius that were orchestrated by the composer himself (the only missing song being out of Ms. Isokoski’s vocal range). Almost all the other songs featured on this recording were orchestrated by Jussi Jalas, Sibelius’s son-in-law, (tracks 1, 7, 10, 14-16, 18) or by his close contemporaries Ernest Pingoud (3), Ivar Hellman (4) and Nils-Eric Fougstedt (8).
 

          Classical CD of the Week
Soile Isokoski (…) has arguably the most beautiful voice of her type, excelling in Mozart and Strauss. Here, she sets down her equally glowing credentials as a Sibelian."

Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times 7 May 2006


                 Artistic Quality 10       Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10
"Soprano Soile Isokoski overwhelms not only because of the mere beauty of the songs, but she also delivers moments of consummate artistry."

Ekkehard Pluta -  klassik-heute.com  24 April 2006


               Disc of the Month              Artistic Quality 10  Sound Quality 10
"A magic Luonnotar, layed on an orchestral tissue and performed by Soile Isokoski in one of her most beautiful recordings (if not her most beautiful one)... the chemistry between Isokoski and Segerstam is perfect... This anthology has no competition in the catalogue."

Christophe Huss - ClassicsTodayFrance.com May 2006
 


                     Performance *****    Sound *****
"Soile Isokoski’s voice has matured into a powerful instrument without losing its distinctively plangent expressiveness and intense way with words - both in Finnish and Sibelius’s favoured poetic language Swedish. Segerstam ... here provides spacious yet vividly dramatic support, with superb orchestral playing. And the recording, excellent in CD stereo, is utterly stunning in multichannel SACD: airy, large-scale, immediate and detailed with diamond clarity... this whole disc’s a Sibelian essential."

Michael Scott Rohan -  BBC Music Magazine  July 2006


               Disc of the Month         Artistic Quality 10  Sound Quality 10
"Soile Isokoski has never made a more beautiful recording than this. She offers what must be accounted, hands down, as the finest performance of the tone poem Luonnotar currently available ... A marvelous release in every respect."

David Hurwitz -  ClassicsToday.com  May 2006


            Classical CD of the Year
"Isokoski interprets these inspired miniatures with a blend of tenderness and passion, a richness of timbre and subtle dynamic inflections, with soaring lines magically floated and tailored. Sibelius’s orchestral accompaniments, so deft in defining different moods, are a bonus in Leif Segerstam’s assured handling. Newcomers to Sibelius’s songs could find no more persuasive introduction; aficionados will be entranced."

Geoffrey Norris -  The Daily Telegraph 16 December 2006
 


"Isokoski’s burnished soprano reaches ecstatic heights here, in a performance that you could measure against any in the catalogue, while Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic become a wave machine, generating the ocean’s pulse and the play of light on water... this is really an exceptional, often magical recital. Try it; I think you’ll bewitched."

Andrew McGregor -  BBC Radio September 2006
 


"Featuring this dream duo (Soile Isokoski and Leif Segerstam) and the fabulous Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, here is a stunning disc, which undoubtedly ranks among the best and most interesting recordings of this year... To own this CD is a must!!!"   Recommended*****

Tobias Pfleger - klassik.com 11 July 2006


             Disc of the Year & Vocal Award Winner - 2007
"A thrilling performance of Luonnotar in which Isokoski’s sonorous soprano is matched by atmospheric playing from the Finnish orchestra. The rest of the disc makes you wonder why Sibelius’s orchestral songs occupy one of the most unjustly neglected corners of his output."

Erik Levi -  BBC Music Magazine Awards 2007


           Supersonic Award
"The new reference in this repertoire of orchestral songs by Jean Sibelius is Soile Isokoski!"

Rémy Franck - Pizzicato 26 December 2006
 




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