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Toivo Kuula: Songs & Orchestral Music / Susan Gritton, soprano

Audio Samples

>Kuula, Toivo : Merenkylpijaneidot (The Sea-bathing Nymphs), for voice & orchestra, Op. 12
>Kuula, Toivo : South Ostrobothnian suite for orchestra no 2, Op. 20
>Kuula, Toivo : Kesailta (Summer Evening), for voice & orchestra
>Kuula, Toivo : Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long I Stared into the Fire), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2
>Kuula, Toivo : Karjapihassa (In the Cattleyard), for voice & piano, Op. 31a/2
>Kuula, Toivo : Purjein kuutamolla (Sailing in the Moonlight), for voice & piano, Op. 31a/1
>Kuula, Toivo : Orjan Poika (Son of a Slave), concert suite for orchestra, Op. 14b
>Kuula, Toivo : Impi Ja pajarin Poika (The Maiden and the Son of a Boyar), for voice & orchestra, Op. 18
>Kuula, Toivo : Prelude & Fugue, for orchestra, Op. 10

Album Summary

>Kuula, Toivo : Merenkylpijaneidot (The Sea-bathing Nymphs), for voice & orchestra, Op. 12
>Kuula, Toivo : South Ostrobothnian suite for orchestra no 2, Op. 20
>Kuula, Toivo : Kesailta (Summer Evening), for voice & orchestra
>Kuula, Toivo : Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long I Stared into the Fire), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2
>Kuula, Toivo : Karjapihassa (In the Cattleyard), for voice & piano, Op. 31a/2
>Kuula, Toivo : Purjein kuutamolla (Sailing in the Moonlight), for voice & piano, Op. 31a/1
>Kuula, Toivo : Orjan Poika (Son of a Slave), concert suite for orchestra, Op. 14b
>Kuula, Toivo : Impi Ja pajarin Poika (The Maiden and the Son of a Boyar), for voice & orchestra, Op. 18
>Kuula, Toivo : Prelude & Fugue, for orchestra, Op. 10
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc presents a survey of music by Finnish composer Toivo Kuula, a pupil of Sibelius. Best-known for his songs and choral music, Kuula's arresting orchestral music draws heavily on folk influences and constitutes some of the most striking Finnish music of its time. Renowned soprano Susan Gritton and the BBC Concert Orchestra under the inspired baton of Martyn Brabbins give spellbinding accounts of this gloriously colorful repertoire.

BBC Music Magazine
Susan Gritton's performance is operatically charged, and very effective, as is her involving account of the 12-minute song-story Impi Ja Pajarin Poika...[Hiidet Virvoja Viritti] has a dash of Rimsky-Korsakov about it. The symphonic legend Orjan Poika (Son of a Slave) is a more sombre composition, and is powerfully shared here by Martyn Brabbins.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2012
Gritton sings [the Two Songs Op. 31a] superbly well but the pick are the impressive and impressionistic 'The Sea-bathing Nymphs' (1909-10) and darkly dramatic 'The Maiden and the Son of a Boyar', sung with fervour and intensity. Lovers of Ravel and Bax will delight in these... An enthralling disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011).



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Works Details

>Kuula, Toivo : Merenkylpijäneidot (The Sea-bathing Nymphs), for voice & orchestra, Op. 12
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Kuula, Toivo : South Ostrobothnian suite for orchestra no 2, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Kuula, Toivo : Kesäilta (Summer Evening), for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Kuula, Toivo : Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long I Stared into the Fire), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kuula, Toivo : Karjapihassa (In the Cattleyard), for voice & piano, Op. 31a/2
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Kuula, Toivo : Purjein kuutamolla (Sailing in the Moonlight), for voice & piano, Op. 31a/1
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Kuula, Toivo : Orjan Poika (Son of a Slave), concert suite for orchestra, Op. 14b
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Kuula, Toivo : Impi Ja pajarin Poika (The Maiden and the Son of a Boyar), for voice & orchestra, Op. 18
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Kuula, Toivo : Prelude & Fugue, for orchestra, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Air Studios, Hampstead, London (01/24/2011-01/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909