Karita's Christmas

> Songs of Youth, Op. 20b (arr. I. Kuusisto) - Arkihuolesi kaikki heita (Throw Thy Everyday Cares Aside) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> 5 Christmas Songs, Op. 1 (arr. Y. Hjelt) - No. 4. En etsi valtaa, loistoa (Give me no splendor, gold or pomp)
> 5 Christmas Songs, Op. 1 (arr. Y. Hjelt) - No. 3. Jo joutuu ilta (Outside it is getting dark)
> 5 Christmas Songs, Op. 1 (arr. Y. Hjelt) - No. 5. On hanget korkeat, nietokset (High are the snowdrifts)
> Joulun kellot (The bells of Christmas) (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Joulun kellot (The bells of Christmas) (arr. for soprano, chorus and orchestra)
> Suloaanet enkelten (Angels we have heard on high) - Suloaanet enkelten (Angels we have heard on high)
> Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 56, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau" (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Ellen's Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 56, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau" (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Oi jouluyo (O Holy Night) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> Jouluyo, juhlayo (Silent Night) (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Jouluyo, juhlayo (Silent Night) (arr. for soprano, chorus and orchestra)
> Sylvian joululaulu (The Nightingale's Christmas) (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Sylvian joululaulu (The Nightingale's Christmas) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> Varpunen jouluaamuna (The sparrow on Christmas morning) (arr. I. Kuusisto) - Varpunen jouluaamuna (The sparrow on Christmas morning) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> Ave Maria (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Ave Maria (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> Maa on niin kaunis (Beauty Around Us) - Maa on niin kaunis (Beauty Around Us)
> Te lapsoset, lapsoset kuruhtakaa (O Hurry, Ye Children) (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Te lapsoset, lapsoset kuruhtakaa (O Hurry, Ye Children) (arr. for soprano, chorus and orchestra)
> Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. Y. Hjelt) - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> We Wish You a Merry Christmas - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Album Summary

>Madetoja, Leevi : Cast off thy everyday cares
>Sibelius, Jean : Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1
>Maasalo, Armas : Christmas Bells
>Traditional : Angels we have heard on high
>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Collan, Karl : The Nightingale's Christmas
>Kotilainen, Otto : The Sparrow's Christmas
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Traditional : Beauty around us
>Schulz, Johann Abraham Peter : Der Morgen im Lenze
>Martin, Hugh : Meet Me in St. Louis
>Traditional : We wish you a merry Christmas
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Superstar Finnish soprano Karita Mattila is one of the opera world's leading sopranos. Karita has selected her favorite Christmas music for this special release from Ondine.



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Works Details

>Madetoja, Leevi : Cast off thy everyday cares
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1 :: no 4, Give me no splendour, gold or pomp
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1909
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1 :: no 3, Outside it grows dark
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1895/1913
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1 :: no 5, High are the snowdrifts
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1901
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Maasalo, Armas : Christmas Bells
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Angels we have heard on high
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Cathedralis Aboensis Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria"
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adam, Adolphe : Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night"
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1818
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Collan, Karl : The Nightingale's Christmas
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kotilainen, Otto : The Sparrow's Christmas
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1859
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : Beauty around us
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 18th Century
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schulz, Johann Abraham Peter : Der Morgen im Lenze
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Cathedralis Aboensis Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1790
  • Language: Finnish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Martin, Hugh : Meet Me in St. Louis :: Have yourself a merry little Christmas
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional : We wish you a merry Christmas
  • Performer: Karita Mattila (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pertti Pekkanen
  • Ensemble: Cathedralis Aboensis Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio