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Folksongs by Toivo Kuula (1883-1918)On The Fields of Tapiola / Jorma Hynninen, baritone

Audio Samples

>Kuula, Toivo : South Ostrobothnian Folk Songs, for voice & piano no 2, Op. 17b
>Kuula, Toivo : Prelude and Intermezzo, for organ, Op. 16
>Hakola, Kimmo : Kivi-laulut (Kivi Songs) (7), for voice & piano
>Kuula, Toivo : Meren virsi (The Song of the Sea), for chorus, Op. 11/2
>Kuula, Toivo : Häämarssi, for piano, Op. 3/2

Album Summary

>Kuula, Toivo : South Ostrobothnian Folk Songs, for voice & piano no 2, Op. 17b
>Kuula, Toivo : Prelude and Intermezzo, for organ, Op. 16
>Hakola, Kimmo : Kivi-laulut (Kivi Songs) (7), for voice & piano
>Kuula, Toivo : Meren virsi (The Song of the Sea), for chorus, Op. 11/2
>Kuula, Toivo : Häämarssi, for piano, Op. 3/2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

However Finnish the focus of this recording may seem all the works have one non-Finnish thing in common: Paris. The homesick Toivo Kuula made his most inspired folk-song arrangements while studying in Paris and a century later Kimmo Hakola was inspired by his Finnish roots while in Paris.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
This was recorded in February 2012 when Hynninen was 71, and the great Finnish baritone is in excellent voice in songs well suited to his robust timbre, which he employs at mp or louder. His marvelous enunciation, firm vibrato, and vocal coloring are abundantly evident. He announced his intention to retire after a series of February 2013 performances of Hakola's new Finnish one-man opera. The 20 member Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra plays beautifully and the SACD sound is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012).



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Works Details

>Kuula, Toivo : South Ostrobothnian Folk Songs, for voice & piano no 2, Op. 17b
  • Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Juha Kangas
  • Ensemble: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Kuula, Toivo : Prelude and Intermezzo, for organ, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Juha Kangas
  • Notes: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hakola, Kimmo : Kivi-laulut (Kivi Songs) (7), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Juha Kangas
  • Notes: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Kuula, Toivo : Meren virsi (The Song of the Sea), for chorus, Op. 11/2
  • Conductor: Juha Kangas
  • Notes: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Kuula, Toivo : Häämarssi, for piano, Op. 3/2
  • Conductor: Juha Kangas
  • Notes: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908