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Sibelius: Luonnotar, Orchestral Songs / Isokoski, et al

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> 6 Songs, Op. 72 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra) - 6 Songs, Op. 72: No. 4. Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> Luonnotar, Op. 70 - Luonnotar, Op. 70
> 6 Songs, Op. 36 (arr. I. Hellman and E. Pingoud) - No. 2. Men min fagel marks dock icke (But my bird is nowhere to be seen)
> 6 Songs, Op. 36 (arr. I. Hellman and E. Pingoud) - No. 4. Sav, sav, susa (Reed, reed, rustle)
> 6 Songs, Op. 36 (version for soprano and orchestra) - 6 Songs, Op. 36: No. 6. Demanten pa marssnon (The Diamond on the March Snow) (version for soprano and orchestra)
> 7 Songs, Op. 13 (version for soprano and orchestra) - 7 Songs, Op. 13: No. 4. Varen flyktar hastigt (Spring is Flying) (version for soprano and orchestra)
> 7 Songs, Op. 13 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra) - 7 Songs, Op. 13: No. 1. Under strandens granar ('Neath the Fir Trees) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> 5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. N. Fougstedt and J. Jalas) - No. 1. Den forsta kyssen (The First Kiss)
> 5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. N. Fougstedt and J. Jalas) - No. 3. Soluppgang (Sunrise)
> 5 Songs, Op. 37 (arr. N. Fougstedt and J. Jalas) - No. 4. Var det en drom? (Was it a dream?)
> 5 Songs, Op. 38 (version for voice and orchestra) - No. 1. Hostkvall (Autumn Evening)
> 5 Songs, Op. 38 (version for voice and orchestra) - No. 2. Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
> Arioso, Op. 3 (version for voice and orchestra) - Arioso, Op. 3
> 7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra) - No. 6. Illalle (To Evening)
> 7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra) - No. 7. Lastu lainehilla (Driftwood)
> Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck) (arr. J. Jalas) - Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> 7 Songs, Op. 17 (version for soprano and orchestra) - 7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 1. Se'n har jag ej fragat mera (Then I questioned no further) (version for soprano and orchestra)
> 7 Songs, Op. 17 (arr. J. Jalas for soprano and orchestra) (text by O. Levertin) - 7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 5. En slanda (A Dragonfly) (arr. for soprano and orchestra)
> 8 Songs, Op. 57 (version for soprano and orchestra) - 8 Songs, Op. 57: No. 6. Hertig Magnus (Baron Magnus) (version for soprano and orchestra)

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4
>Sibelius, Jean : Luonnotar, Op. 70
>Sibelius, Jean : But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2
>Sibelius, Jean : Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4
>Sibelius, Jean : The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6
>Sibelius, Jean : Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4
>Sibelius, Jean : 'Neath the fir trees (Under strandens granar), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1
>Sibelius, Jean : The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
>Sibelius, Jean : Sunrise (Soluppgång), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/3
>Sibelius, Jean : Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4
>Sibelius, Jean : Autumn Evening (Höstkväll), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/1
>Sibelius, Jean : On a Balcony by the Sea (På verandan vid havet), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/2
>Sibelius, Jean : Arioso, Op. 3
>Sibelius, Jean : Songs (7), Op. 17
>Sibelius, Jean : Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/7
>Sibelius, Jean : Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano
>Sibelius, Jean : And I Questioned No Further (Se'n har jag ej frågat mera), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op
>Sibelius, Jean : Dragon-Fly (En slända), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/5
>Sibelius, Jean : Duke Magnus (Hertig Magnus), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/6
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"If you haven't encountered this music, you can't do better than to acquire this disc without delay. Sibelius was a terrific song writer, and the only thing that prevents these works from being better known is the dearth of singers comfortable singing in Swedish and Finnish, a state of affairs now being mitigated both by recordings and by the current, healthy crop of excellent Scandinavian vocalists. Certainly Isokoski takes pride of place among the sopranos. She has all of the interpretive intelligence of her compatriot Karita Mattila, but her voice catches the microphones better, sounding richer and smoother throughout its range. The engineering in both stereo and SACD multi-channel formats is uniformly outstanding, and the booklet includes complete texts and translations. A marvelous release in every respect." -Classics Today (10/10); BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Year

Erik Levi BBC Music Magazine
A thrilling performance of Luonnotar in which Isokoski's sonorous soprano is matched by atmospheric playing from the Finnish orchestra. The rest of the disc makes you wonder why Sibelius's orchestral songs occupy one of the most unjustly neglected corners of his output.

BBC Music Magazine
Soile Isokoski's voice has matured into a powerful instrument without losing its distinctively plangent expressiveness and intense way with words... Segerstam... provides spacious yet vividly dramatic support, with superb orchestral playing.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
All produce good results and none of the songs appear over-dressed. On the contrary, they are, as it were, fulfilled: orchestral textures are so strongly implicit that the full range of instruments brings out their coloration and renders them complete. Soile Isokoski has recorded a number of the songs previously with piano, part of a fine recital on Finlandia in 1989, which was about the time we first learned of the radiant Finnish soprano who five or six years later would receive the international acclaim she deserved.

Gramophone Magazine
The voice... lovely, firm and ample in range. Above all, she has a rare command of the legato style which makes her singing a delight to the ears... the recital always gives pleasure, and the challenge of Luonnotar itself is joyfully met. The orchestra play with full appreciation of the richly coloured scores, and since Flagstad in the 1950s there have been few recordings which provide these genuinely enhancing accompaniments as an alternative to the piano.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Sibelius, Jean : Luonnotar, Op. 70
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913

>Sibelius, Jean : But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Sibelius, Jean : 'Neath the fir trees (Under strandens granar), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Sibelius, Jean : The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Sunrise (Soluppgång), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/3
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Autumn Evening (Höstkväll), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/1
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Sibelius, Jean : On a Balcony by the Sea (På verandan vid havet), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/2
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Arioso, Op. 3
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Songs (7), Op. 17
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/7
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : And I Questioned No Further (Se'n har jag ej frågat mera), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Sibelius, Jean : Dragon-Fly (En slända), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/5
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Sibelius, Jean : Duke Magnus (Hertig Magnus), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/6
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909