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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)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1928 
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) 

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