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Melartin: The Six Symphonies / Leonid Grin, Tampere Po


Release Date: 10/19/1999 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 931   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 30 no 1 by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Finland 
2.
Symphony no 2 in E minor by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Finland 
3.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 40 by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Finland 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E major, Op. 80 "Summer" by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Finland 
5.
Symphony no 5 in A minor, Op. 90 "Sinfonia brevis" by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Finland 
6.
Symphony no 6, Op. 100 by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leonid Grin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Finland 

Customer Reviews

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 Superb- A Major Discovery August 23, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The career of Finnish composer Erkki Melartin (1875-1937) overlapped to a considerable degree that of his great fellow countryman Jean Sibelius. It is thus something of a surprise that there are few, if any, Sibelian influences to be detected in Melartin's six wonderful symphonies. Just as Sibelius created a distinct style immediately identifiable to any classical music enthusiast, so to did Melartin develop his own individual sound world. This outstanding three-disk collection of all six symphonies offers the listener an exciting way to discover, explore, and appreciate Melartin's diverse and imaginative symphonic creations. (Note: Ondine also offers individual compact disks, each containing 2 Melartin symphonies, if that is your preference.) Each symphony has its own personality and something different to say; however, in general the listener will find all of them tonal, broadly (even loosely) constructed, and traversing a wide range of emotions and orchestral colorations. I'll not attempt to discuss individual symphonies, except to note that in Symphony #4 (at 41 minutes the longest), Melartin included a remarkably effective wordless female role in the Andante third movement- beautifully performed by a trio of Finnish singers (soprano, mezzo, and contralto), adding a sense of mystery and even mysticism to this symphony (titled 'Summer Symphony'). The excellent Tampere Philharmonic under conductor Leonid Grin plays these works with obvious commitment, understanding, and empathy, and the results are recordings of sonic brilliance and artistic integrity of the highest order. I cannot imagine any serious music lover not thoroughly enjoying these magnificent symphonic works. In short, Erkki Melartin's symphonies deserve a wider exposure, and this fine Ondine set is the perfect way to do it. Highest recommendations!!" Report Abuse
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