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Sibelius: Luonnotar, Orchestral Songs / Isokoski, Et Al


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1080   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski has never made a more beautiful recording than this. She offers what must be accounted, hands down, as the finest performance of the tone poem Luonnotar currently available. Not only does she pronounce the words more clearly and meaningfully than anyone else, but she easily copes with the music's cruel tessitura. Her achievement is all the more impressive given the very realistic balances: listen to how she rides out the big crescendo, which Segerstam plays to the hilt, vanishing briefly like a surfer behind a huge wave, only to emerge upright on the other side. It's an
Read more incredibly thrilling moment. Unlike many other performances, where the voice fades into the final note of the violins, Isokoski finishes forte, bright and strong, and it's entirely in keeping with her ability to capture the bold, primal character of the music.

Throughout this program, Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic are equally outstanding. All of Sibelius' original song arrangements for solo female voice are here. Isokoski catches the gentle rapture of "Demanten pa marssnön" (Diamonds on the March Snow) to perfection, and her haunting rendition of "S'en har jag ej fragat mera" (I Questioned Them No More), one of Sibelius' darkest songs, will stay with you long after the disc has ended. Most of these texts are in Swedish, but among the items orchestrated by other hands, including the composer's son-in-law Jussi Jalas, is the particularly wonderful Finnish setting of "Kaiutar" (The Echo-Nymph) from Op. 72. It's a mini-scena in Sibelius' richest late style, and like all of the songs on this disc, it deserves to be much better known.

If you haven't encountered this music, you can't do better than to acquire this disc without delay. Sibelius was a terrific song writer, and the only thing that prevents these works from being better known is the dearth of singers comfortable singing in Swedish and Finnish, a state of affairs now being mitigated both by recordings and by the current, healthy crop of excellent Scandinavian vocalists. Certainly Isokoski takes pride of place among the sopranos. She has all of the interpretive intelligence of her compatriot Karita Mattila, but her voice catches the microphones better, sounding richer and smoother throughout its range. The engineering in both stereo and SACD multi-channel formats is uniformly outstanding, and the booklet includes complete texts and translations. A marvelous release in every respect.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Luonnotar, Op. 70 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1910; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 72: no 4, The echo-nymph by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 2, But my bird by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Ernest Pingoud. 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Ivar Hellman. 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 6, The diamond on the March snow by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Version: 1916-17 
6.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 4, Spring is flying by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Version: 1913 
7.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 1, Neath the fir trees by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
8.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 1, First kiss by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Nils-Eric Fougstedt. 
9.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 3, Sunrise by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. 
10.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 4, Was it a dream? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
11.
Songs (5), Op. 38: no 1, Autumn evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Version: 1904 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 38: no 2, on a balcony by the sea by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Version: 1903 
13.
Arioso, Op. 3 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
14.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 6, To evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
15.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 7, Driftwood by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
16.
Swim, duck, swim by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
17.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 1, And I questioned them no further by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Version: 1903 
18.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 5, The dragonfly by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1894; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Arranger: Jussi Jalas. 
19.
Josephson Songs (8), Op. 57: no 6, Duke Magnus by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. 

Sound Samples

6 Songs, Op. 72 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): 6 Songs, Op. 72: No. 4. Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
Luonnotar, Op. 70
6 Songs, Op. 36 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 2. Men min fagel marks dock icke (But my bird is nowhere to be seen)
6 Songs, Op. 36 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 4. Sav, sav, susa (Reed, reed, rustle)
6 Songs, Op. 36 (version for soprano and orchestra): 6 Songs, Op. 36: No. 6. Demanten pa marssnon (The Diamond on the March Snow) (version for soprano and orchestra)
7 Songs, Op. 13 (version for soprano and orchestra): 7 Songs, Op. 13: No. 4. Varen flyktar hastigt (Spring is Flying) (version for soprano and orchestra)
7 Songs, Op. 13 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): 7 Songs, Op. 13: No. 1. Under strandens granar ('Neath the Fir Trees) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 1. Den forsta kyssen (The First Kiss)
5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 3. Soluppgang (Sunrise)
5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 4. Var det en drom? (Was it a dream?)
5 Songs, Op. 38 (version for soprano and orchestra): No. 1. Hostkvall (Autumn Evening)
5 Songs, Op. 38 (version for soprano and orchestra): No. 2. Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
Arioso, Op. 3
7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 6. Illalle (To Evening)
7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): No. 7. Lastu lainehilla (Driftwood)
Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
7 Songs, Op. 17 (version for soprano and orchestra): 7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 1. Se'n har jag ej fragat mera (Then I questioned no further) (version for soprano and orchestra)
7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. for soprano and orchestra): 7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 5. En slanda (A Dragonfly) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
8 Songs, Op. 57 (version for soprano and orchestra): 8 Songs, Op. 57: No. 6. Hertig Magnus (Baron Magnus) (version for soprano and orchestra)

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