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  • Orchestra: Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Okko Kamu, Jorma Panula
  • Composer: Armas Järnefelt, Aulis Sallinen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Erkki Melartin, Heikki Aaltoila, et al.
  • Audio CD (2 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005AYEP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Finlandia, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius
2. Elegy for Strings - Leevi Madetoja
3. Romance - Oskar Merikanto
4. Valse lente - Oskar Merikanto
5. Valse triste, Op. 44/1 - Jean Sibelius
6. Wedding Waltz of Akseli & Elina - Heikki Aaltoila
7. Prelude in G flat major, Op. 7 - Heino Kaski
8. Fiddlers, Op.1 - Einojuhani Rautavaara
9. Wedding March, Op. 3 No. 2 - Toivo Kuula
10. Festive March - Erkki Melartin
11. Sunrise Serenade, Op. 63 - Aulis Sallinen
12. Prelude for Orchestra - Armas Jarnefelt
13. Berceuse - Armas Jarnefelt
14. Nocturne (from Sea Pictures) - Uuno Klami
15. Finnish Prayer - Taneli Kuusisto

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Œuvres célèbres de compositeurs finlandais / Orchestre Philharmonique de Turku, dir. Jorma Panula

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian Millard on 24 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Finnish music is little known in the wider world, save for Sibelius. This CD contains Finlandia, one of Sibelius' best known works (the sung version of which is the Finnish National Anthem); the rest of the CD is given over to composers mostly unknown to the general public outside Finland: Rautavaara, Merikanto, Kuusisto et al. Rautavaara's "Fiddlers" is a very original piece (5 tracks), but for me the favourite of these Favourites must be "Finnish Prayer" by Kuusisto, which encapsulates beautifully and emotionally the hard-working and often warm-hearted nature of this under-valued nation and people.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good From Start to Finnish 15 Dec. 2010
By Anton Karidian - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are like me in having very little by composers from Finland other than Jean Sibelius, FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES is a good sampler of works by several composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of the pieces on the disc favor the Romantic era, and the booklet refers to these as "nationalist" since they tend to reflect aspects of Finnish history and culture. However, there are several compositions (perhaps one third of the CD) that are more modernist and more reflective of international musical styles and subjects. Sibelius is surely by far the most famous of the composers on this disc, although only his Finlandia (8:16 in length) and Valse triste (4:36) are performed. There is also a good variety of moods represented here, ranging from elegiac pieces to celebratory ones such as marches and waltzes. Overall, the music on the disc is quite compelling and interesting.

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Finnish Chamber Orchestra (the latter performs only one short composition) both sound very proficient, probably helped by the fact that as Finnish ensembles they no doubt have performed this music many times. The sound quality is very good too, with a warm and natural ambience to the 1995-96 digital recordings. The helpful booklet has 6 pages on the music and performers, rendered rather brief by being divided equally into English, German, and French. Playing time is a generous 67 minutes. FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES is another of the wonderful series from Naxos of "classical" favorites from various countries, so if you're interested in obtaining others as well, several are linked on this page.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A typical progression might be like this: First, you are introduced to and immediately like Grieg. Then you become acquainted with and develop a taste for the music of Sibelius, Nielsen and Rautavaara.
Having come to like Scandinavian composers, you want to hear the music of other composers from this region of the world.

In my opinion, Finnish Orchestral Favourites is the best of the bunch of the Naxos CDs highlighting Scandinavian Composers. Not only do you get pieces from Sibelius and Rautavaara on this CD, but, to my mind, the best two pieces are: Sunrise Serenade by Aulis Sallinen and Finnish Prayer by Taneli Kuusisto. Especially if you like trumpet, these are awesome.

I do also like Norwegian Classical Favourites (which has Grieg, Sinding ["Rustle of Spring"] and Svendsen ["Wedding at Dovre"]) and Swedish Orchestral Favourites too.
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