Notes & Reviews:
Scenes of Finland and its capital Helsinki, the interlinked islands of Savonlinna, site of an ancient castle and Kerimäki, with its wooden church, suggest a vision of a remarkable country, molded by its geographical features and its varied and long history. . Finland found its musical identity largely through the work of Jean Sibelius. The son of a doctor, Sibelius belonged to a class of which the culture and language was Swedish. He learned Finnish and acquired his knowledge of Finnish literature and legend at school, developed his understanding of music in Germany, principally in Berlin, and established himself as one of the most considerable of the late Romantic symphonists, exploring new possibilities in a vein that might have seemed overworked. Here and in his tone-poems, based largely on Finnish legend, he created a national music that has defied imitation in the very breadth of his conception of the symphonic form.
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Finnish Lutheran Hymns / Oulainen Youth Choir; Tapani Tirila, conductor
Kaufmann - Wagner / Jonas Kaufmann, Markus Bruck, Donald Runnicles, William Spaulding
I dreamed myself a dream: Danish Songs / Michala Petri, recorder; Danish Nat'l Vocal Ens.
Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor / Frick, Mathis, Putz, Litz, Wunderlich. Heger
Insiraf: Arabo-Andalusian Music from the 13th Century / Paolo Faldi, flutes, shawm; Gianfranco Russo, viella, lyra
Essential Gregorian Chant - Over 2 hours of timeless contemplation
The Britannic Organ, Vol. 5: Richard Wagner on Welte Britannic Organ
Rolalndo Villazon Sings Verdi / Rolando Villazon, tenor
Emmerich Kálmán: The Carnival Fairy, operetta (1915) / Cast, chorus and orchestra of the Ohio Light Opera