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Aurora Borealis - Magic Of The Mysterious North


Release Date: 09/21/1999 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 937   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Einojuhani RautavaaraJean SibeliusAarre MerikantoErnest Pingoud,   ... 
Conductor:  Max PommerLeif SegerstamTuomas OllilaSakari Oramo,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony OrchestraHelsinki Philharmonic OrchestraTampere Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This compilation made exclusively of previously released material (rec. 1990-99) makes a perfect introduction to 20th century Finnish symphonic music. With a few exceptions, notably Vaino Raitio, the Scandinavian country's most talented composers have been included. How such a small population could generate such a large number of great, deeply personal composers remains a complete mystery. The works selected from the Ondine catalogue share at least one common character: the use of long, sustained harmonic patterns, which create colors of hallucinatory beauty and astounding originality. Rautavaara's cosmic concerto for "bird" (on tape) and orchestra, Sibelius' dramatic Storm from the incidental music for Shakespeare's Tempest, Read more Merikanto's dreamy Lento cantabile, Pingoud's Scriabinesque Extinguished Torches, Nordgren's fiery and folksy The Fiddler's Favorite Tune--all in their own ways present perfect examples of that magic sound world, created in contact with nature and its abysmal winters. The performances are perfectly idiomatic and the recordings always spacious and coherent. Too bad Ondine didn't provide any liner notes or introductory text whatsoever.

--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra" by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Finland 
2. Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light": Come un sogno by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Finland 
3. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Storm by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
4. Compositions (4) for Orchestra: Lento cantabile by Aarre Merikanto
Conductor:  Tuomas Ollila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Finland 
5. Compositions (4) for Orchestra: Arietta by Aarre Merikanto
Conductor:  Tuomas Ollila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Finland 
6. Flambeaux éteints, Op. 14 by Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Finland 
7. The Iron Age, Op. 55: no 5, Lemminki in Tuonela by Aulis Sallinen
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Finland 
8. Portaits of Country Fiddlers, Op. 26: The Thinker by Pehr Henrik Nordgren
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Finland 
9. Portaits of Country Fiddlers, Op. 26: Fiddler's Favorite Tune by Pehr Henrik Nordgren
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Finland 
10. The Ambush: Adagio by Tumoas Kantelinen
Conductor:  Oleg Soldatov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 

Sound Samples

Cantus arcticus, Op. 61, "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra": I. The Bog
Cantus arcticus, Op. 61, "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra": II. Melancholy
Cantus arcticus, Op. 61, "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra": III. Swans Migrating
The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: The Tempest Suite, Op. 109: Suite No. 1: IX. The Storm
4 Compositions: No. 1. Lento cantabile
4 Compositions: No. 3. Arietta
The Ambush: Adagio
Flambeaux eteints (Extinguished Torches), Op. 14
Rauta-aika (The Iron Age) Suite, Op. 55: V. Lemminki Tuonelassa (Lemminki in Tuonela)
Pelimannimuotokuvia (Portraits of Country Fiddlers), Op. 26: II. Tuumiskelija (The Thinker)
Pelimannimuotokuvia (Portraits of Country Fiddlers), Op. 26: IV. Pelimannin elamankappale (The Fiddler's Favourite Tune)
Symphony No. 7, "Angel of Light": III. Come un sogno

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