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The Classical Age In Finland / Kentala, Wallen, Et Al


Release Date: 06/26/2001 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 971   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erik FerlingThomas ByströmErik TulindbergFredrik E. Lithander
Performer:  Kreeta-Maria KentalaHerman Wallen
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


As shown on this new Ondine CD (and as you might expect) the music composed during the Classical age in Finland was stylistically identical to that composed on the continent. And while the featured composers Ferling, Byström, Lithander, and Tulindberg never studied abroad, their music is clearly informed by the traditions of the Mannheim school and its subsequent refinements of Mozart and Haydn. For listeners who delight in discovering obscurities and who have an affinity for music of this period, waste not a moment. Every one of the premiere recordings offered here is inspired, expertly crafted, and at times playfully inventive. Violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala's fiddling in the final movement
Read more of Ferling's Violin Concerto features cadenzas derivative of folk tunes in the tradition of Biber. Bystrom's bizarre minute-long Quadrille sounds like an abbreviated if not lopsided pastiche on Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. As an interlude, this varied program also features two short but lovely arias composed by Fredrik Lithander that (according to the notes) originally were meant to precede one of his "heavy, long, and solemn" speeches.


The young (23) Finnish baritone Herman Wallén shines here: his vocal timbre bears a remarkable resemblance to a youthful Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Ondine would do well next time to allow Wallén's stunning voice to be heard more than the few minutes he's afforded here. The concluding concerto by Finland's first composer of repute, Erik Tulindberg, is a straightforward though stylish piece, reminiscent of the efforts of his more well known contemporaries such as Franz Richter and Carl Stamitz. The Sixth Floor Orchestra, conductor Jukka Rautasalo, and all soloists perform with great passion and conviction that could not be bettered. Ondine's production is equally exemplary, as are the informative and entertaining notes by Fabian Dahlström. Recommended!
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major by Erik Ferling
Performer:  Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin)
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1779; Finland 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Anssi Mattila. 
2. Contradance no 2 in E flat major by Erik Ferling
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Anssi Mattila. 
3. Contradance no 3 in B major by Erik Ferling
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Anssi Mattila. 
4. Contradance no 1 in E flat major by Erik Ferling
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
5. Minuet no 4 in E flat major by Erik Ferling
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
6. Minuet no 5 in E flat major by Erik Ferling
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Anssi Mattila. 
7. Minuet no 3 in E flat major by Erik Ferling
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
8. Quadrille by Thomas Byström
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
9. Concerto for Violin in B major, Op. 1 by Erik Tulindberg
Performer:  Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin)
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
10. If Orpheus could in ancient times by Fredrik E. Lithander
Performer:  Herman Wallen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 
11. May long on Aura's banks by Fredrik E. Lithander
Performer:  Herman Wallen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jukka Rautasalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sixth Floor Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Finland 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D major (reconstructed by A. Mattila): I. Allegro con troppo
Violin Concerto in D major (reconstructed by A. Mattila): II. Romance: Adagio un poco
Violin Concerto in D major (reconstructed by A. Mattila): III. Tempo di menuetto grazioso en rondeau
Contradance No. 2 in E flat major (reconstructed by A. Mattila)
Contradance No. 3 in B major (reconstructed by A. Mattila)
Contradance No. 1 in E flat major
Minuet No. 4 in E flat major
Minuet No. 5 in E flat major (reconstructed by A. Mattila)
Minuet No. 3 in E flat major
Quadrille
Kunde Orphe uti fordna dar
Matte lange pa Auras strand
Violin Concerto in B major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B major, Op. 1: II. Romance: Grazioso
Violin Concerto in B major, Op. 1: III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto

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