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Erikki Melartin (1875-1937): Dream face; Marjatta; The Blue Pearl / Soile Isokoski, soprano; Finnish Radio SO, Hannu Lintu

Album Summary

>Melartin, Erkki : Traumgesicht, for cello & orchestra, Op. 70
>Melartin, Erkki : Marjatta
>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

World prmiere recordings of three orchestral works by Erkki Melartin (1875-1937), one of the most influential Finnish composers - and symphonists - of the early 20th century. Traumgesicht is an Impressionistic symphonic poem written in 1910. Later Melartin considered it as one of his most important works. The work lied unperformed for 81 years until Hannu Lintu brought it back to light by conducting it in Helsinki in 2013. Marjatta (1914), "A Legend from Kalevala", is based on the Finnish national epic and bears hints to Sibelius' Luonnotar - both works were originally written for the same singer. The solo part of the work is here sung by the celebrated soprano Soile Isokoski. Music for the ballet The Blue Pearl, completed in 1930, was one of the last major works written by Melartin and, surprisingly, the first full-length ballet written in Finland. Although the ballet music was popular in its own time the work gradually fell into oblivion. Conductor Hannu Lintu has adapted the music of the ballet into a 8-movement concert suite.

The Guardian, 21st July 2016
[Traumgesicht] gets a darkly glowing performance here... [Marjatta], gloriously sung by soprano Soile Isokoski. It may not be as gripping in its sweep as Sibelius's work, but it is beautifully evocative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (05/2015); Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (06/2015); Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (08/2015).



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Works Details

>Melartin, Erkki : Traumgesicht, for cello & orchestra, Op. 70
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1910

>Melartin, Erkki : Marjatta :: A Legend from Kalevala for voice & orchestra, Op. 79
  • Performers: Soile Isokoski (Soprano); Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: II. Entrée avec pantomime
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: XI. Danse de Nénuphares
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: VIII. Scène (Tempête)
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: XIV. Pas de deux
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: XVI. Variation II
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: XVII. Coda
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: XX. Poissons à voile
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Melartin, Erkki : The Blue Pearl (Sininen helmi), Op. 160 :: XVI. Finale (Il acte), tempo di mazurka
  • Performer: Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1930