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Sallinen: Songs Of Life And Death, The Iron Age Suite


Release Date: 10/17/1995 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 844   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Jorma HynninenMargit Papunen
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Festival ChorusHelsinki Philharmonic OrchestraEast Helsinki Music Institute Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...the conservative musical language rather brings Verdi to mind, and in a very real sense this cycle is a twentieth century equivalent to the latter’s Requiem: both are symphonic in construction and operatic in idiom, composed from spiritual rather than religious standpoints...

Listening to these two works by Aulis Sallinen is a bit like looking at two different photographs of the composer: the face is undeniably the same but not the perspective. Songs of Life and Death (1993-4) arose, rather by mischance, from a failed effort to compose a Requiem on verses by Lassi Nummi. Although title and outward form suggest Mahlerian associations, the conservative musical language rather brings Verdi to mind, and in a very real
Read more sense this cycle is a twentieth century equivalent to the latter’s Requiem: both are symphonic in construction and operatic in idiom, composed from spiritual rather than religious standpoints, and make use of secular elements. There are differences of course, not the least in scale and conception, which serve to underline a similarity of purpose and stature relative to their epochs. And while Sallinen's songs are very much songs of life, death is not here perceived as a grim or tragic end, and this imparts to the whole a peculiarly late twentieth-century aspect. Here at last is the choral-and-orchestral masterpiece Sibelius should have written, Finnish to the core yet international in appeal. It is, I believe, one of the very finest compositions Sallinen has yet produced...Very strongly recommended.

- Gramophone, 12/1995
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs of Life and Death, Op. 69 by Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Festival Chorus,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993-1994; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 46 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
2.
The Iron Age, Op. 55 by Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Margit Papunen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Festival Chorus,  East Helsinki Music Institute Chorus,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 28 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 

Sound Samples

Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 1. Kuin tulvavesi elamani paivat (Like Floodwaters the Days of My Life)
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 2. Me vaellamme taalla (We Wander Here)
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 3. Mina, syntymation (I, Unborn)
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 4. Tuba mirum
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 5. Voin ajatella sinun lahteneen (I Can Think You Departed)
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 6. Dies irae
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 7. Kun viela olet talla rannalla (While You Are Still on This Shore)
Elaman ja kuoleman lauluja (Songs of Life and Death), Op. 69: No. 8. Ella taytta elamaa (Live a Full Life)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: I. Ilmarin ja Kultanaisen haakulkue (The Wedding Procession of Ilmari and the Golden Woman)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: II. Ainon laulu (The Song of Aino)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: III. Lemminki Pohjolassa (Lemminki in Pohjola)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: IV. Lemminki hiihtaa Hiiden hirven (Lemminki Hunts the Devil's Elk)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: V. Lemminki Tuonelassa (Lemminki in Tuonela)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: VI. Vainon soitto (Vaino's Song)
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: VII. Lemminki ja Saaren neidot (Lemminki and the Maidens of the Island)

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