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A Finnish Songbook / Matti Salminen


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1135   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Oskar MerikantoJean SibeliusLeevi MadetojaYrjö Kilpinen,   ... 
Performer:  Matti Salminen
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Matti Salminen is an acoustic phenomenon and possibly the finest authentic bass singer of our time. The winner of two Grammy Awards owes his legendary reputation to a uniquely powerful and dark voice, and he continues to sing Wagner, Mozart and Mussorgsky roles at nearly every prominent opera house and concert hall in the world. It is known that the scheduling of Wagner operas at the New York Met is adjusted to suit Salminen's diary.

On this new recording (entitled Elämäni lauluja - "Songs of my life"), Matti Salminen performs rarities outside the standard repertoire and delivers a personal account of orchestral songs from compatriot Finnish composers, including the great Jean Sibelius. Accompanied by the
Read more Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under its new chief conductor John Storgårds, Salminen is completely at home singing this music. Many of these songs about nature and love deserve greater attention or discovery, and this exceptional disc represents an ideal vehicle.
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs, Op. 36: no 6, Play Softly, thou Tune of My Mourning by Oskar Merikanto
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
2. Songs, Op. 47: no 4, At sea by Oskar Merikanto
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
3. Songs, Op. 24: no 2, The Vallinkorva Song by Oskar Merikanto
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
4. Swim, duck, swim by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
5. Songs (7), Op. 17: no 7, Driftwood by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
6. King Christian II, Op. 27: Fool's Song of the Spider by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1898 
7. Lieder, Op. 9: Dark-hued leaves by Leevi Madetoja
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
8. Lieder, Op. 25: Sometimes weeping in the evening by Leevi Madetoja
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
9. Songs, Op. 23: no 3, Summer night by Yrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Finland 
10. Songs (4) of the fells, Op. 54: no 1, The old church by Yrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Finland 
11. Songs, Op. 23: no 1, From the shore by Yrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Finland 
12. Sunday, Op. 25 no 1 by Martti Johannes Turunen
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1945; Finland 
13. Wedding Dance by Vilho Luolajan-Mikkola
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Finland 
14. Long I gazed into the fire, Op. 2 no 2 by Toivo Kuula
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
15. Summer night in the churchyard, Op. 6 no 1 by Toivo Kuula
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
16. Night by Toivo Kuula
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
17. For a Boy Like This by Traditional
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
18. The Wind Bent Down by Traditional
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
19. I’ll Walk Around This Here Village by Traditional
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Storgårds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Sound Samples

Merikanto-Albumi II , Op. 60 (arr. for bass and orchestra): Merikanto-Albumi II , Op. 60: No. 3. Soi vienosti murheeni soitto (arr. for bass and orchestra)
4 Songs, Op. 47 (arr. for bass and orchestra): 4 Songs, Op. 47: No. 4. Merella (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Vallinkorvan laulu (Song of Vallinkorva), Op. 24, No. 2 (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck), JS 180: Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck) (arr. for bass and orchestra)
7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 7. Lastu lainehilla (arr. for bass and orchestra)
King Kristian II, Op. 27: IV. The Song of the Cross-spider
Yrtit tummat (Dark Herbs), Op. 9, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Itkisit joskus illoin (If You'd Sometimes Weep at Evening) (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Songs, Op. 23: No. 3. Kesayo (Summer Night) (arr for bass and orchestra): Songs, Op. 23: No. 3. Summer Night (arr for bass and orchestra)
Tunturilauluja (Songs of the Fells), Vol. 3, Op. 54: No. 1. Vanha kirkko (The Old Church) (arr. for bass and orchestra): Tunturilauluja (Songs of the Fells), Vol. 3, Op. 54: No. 1. Vanna kirkko (The Old Church) (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Songs, Op. 23: No. 1. From the Shores (arr for bass and orchestra): Songs, Op. 23: No. 1. Rannalta (From the Shores) (arr for bass and orchestra)
Sunnuntai (Sunday), Op. 25, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Haatanhu (Wedding Dance) (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long gazed into the fire), Op. 2, No. 2 (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Kesayo kirkkomaalla (Summer Night in the Churchyard), Op. 6, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Yo (Night), Op. 22, No. 3 (arr. for bass and orchestra)
Etelapohjahlaisia Lauluja: No. 1. Tallaaselle poijalle (For a Boy Like This)
Etelapohjahlaisia Lauluja: No. 2. Tuuli se taivutti koivun larvan (The Wind Bent Down)
Etelapohjahlaisia Lauluja: No. 3. Niin kauan mina tramppaan (I'll Walk Around This Here Village)

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