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Sibelius: Songs Vol 2 / Hannu Jurmu, Jouni Somero


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570020   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu JurmuJouni Somero
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Sibelius wrote around a hundred songs over a period of more than thirty years – mainly settings of Swedish texts, with eight in German and only a handful in Finnish – they have suffered comparative neglect alongside his larger-scale orchestral and choral music. The best of the songs are essentially nature pieces, dark-hued, vividly characterized, intensely melancholic and vocally demanding. Sibelius considered them to represent his “innermost self”. Although Sibelius wrote around a hundred songs over a period of more than thirty years – mainly settings of Swedish texts, with eight in German and only a handful in Finnish – they have suffered comparative neglect alongside his larger-scale orchestral and choral music. The best of the songs are essentially nature pieces, dark-hued, vividly characterized, intensely melancholic and vocally demanding. Sibelius considered them to represent his “innermost self”. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Finlandia, Op. 26: Hymn by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: The text for this arrangement was added in 1948 by Kimmo Koskenniemi.
Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
2.
March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion, Op. 91 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005)
Composition written: Finland (1917).
Composition revised: Finland (1918). 
3.
In the morning mist by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
4.
Choral Songs (3), Op. 31: no 3, Song of the Athenians by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
5.
Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 7, The broken voice by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
6.
Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 1, To the fatherland by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
7.
Karelia Fate by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
8.
The Bridge Guard (Siltavahti), JS 170 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Sibelius.
Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
9.
Song for the poeple of Uusimaa by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
10.
King Christian II, Op. 27: no 4, The fool's song of the spider by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
11.
Kullervo, Op. 7: Kullervo's Lament by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
12.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46: no 5, Three blind sisters by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
13.
Come, my Sweetheart by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
14.
Rakastava, Op. 14: Where is my beloved? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
15.
Grandmother's Birthday Song by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
16.
Scout March, Op. 91 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
17.
The way to school by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
18.
Cantata for the Helsinki University ceremonies of 1897, Op. 23: Blow softer now, breeze by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1899; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
19.
Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 6, The song of my heart by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
20.
Bell Tune of Kallio Church, Op. 65b by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
21.
God's Blessing, JS 95 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jouni Somero (Piano), Hannu Jurmu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 
22.
Cantata for the Helsinki University ceremonies of 1897, Op. 23: Let our sweet song of thanks by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Jouni Somero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1899; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (07/28/2005 - 07/30/2005); Sellosali, Espoo, Finland (08/01/2005 - 08/14/2005) 

Sound Samples

Finlandia-Hymn
Suomen Jaakarien Marssi (Finnish Jager March), Op. 91a (version for tenor solo and piano)
Aamusumussa (In the Morning Mist), JS 9a (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Atenarnes sang (Song of the Athenians), Op. 31, No. 3 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Sortunut aani (The broken voice), Op. 18, No. 1 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Isanmaalle (To the Fatherland), JS 98a (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Karjalan osa (Karelia's Fate), JS 108 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Siltavahti (The Bridge Guard), JS 170b (version for tenor solo and piano)
Uusmaalaisten laulu (Song for the People of Uusimaa), JS 214 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Kung Kristian II (King Christian II), Op. 27: Sangen om korsspindeln (Fool's Song of the Spider)
Kullervo, Op. 7: Kullervon valitus (Kullervo's Lament) (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46: Pelleas och Melisande (Pelleas and Melisande), Op. 46: No. 4: De 3 blinda systrar (3 Blind Sisters)
Tule, tule, kultani (Come, my Sweetheart), JS 211
Rakastava (The Lover), JS 160c (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Mummon syntymapaivana, JS 136
Partiolaisten marssi (Scout March), Op. 91b (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Koulutie (The Way to School), JS 112 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Tuule, tuuli, leppeammin, Op. 23, No. 6b (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Sydameni laulu (Song of my Heart), Op. 18, No. 6 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Kellosavel Kallion Kirkossa (The Bells of Kallio Church), Op. 65b (arr. for tenor solo and piano): Kellosavel Kallion kirkossa (Bell Melody of Kallio Church), Op. 65b (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Herran siunaus (God's Blessing), JS 95 (arr. for tenor solo and piano)
Soi kunniaksi Luojan (May the Hymn of Honour Now Resound), Op. 23, No. 6a (arr. for tenor and piano)

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