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Pingoud: Prophet, Song Of Space, Etc / Oramo, Finnish Rso


Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 875   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernest Pingoud (1887-1942) is one of those names one encounters in footnotes, or in the more comprehensive musical dictionaries. The Gramophone Database contains no entry for him other than this worthy new disc, and I am not aware of any previous recordings of his music, even from Finland (to where he emigrated from Russia in 1918). In his day, he was considered one of Finland’s leading modernists, with Vaino Rautio and Aarre Merikanto, so consequently had to endure sustained indifference. He eventually threw himself under a train.

His style as exhibited in these five tone-poems (only Fetich, 1917, and Le chant de l’espace – “The song of space”, 1931-8 – really live up to the “symphonic poem” billing; the others are too small
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-- Gramophone [2/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Prophet, Op. 21 by Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Finland 
2.
Le chant de l'espace by Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1938; Finland 
3.
Flambeaux éteints, Op. 14 by Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Finland 
4.
Chantecler, Op. 15 by Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Finland 
5.
Le Fétich, Op. 7 by Ernest Pingoud
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Finland 

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