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The Orchestral Songs (Panula, Goteborgs Symfoniker)

Jean Sibelius Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B000027EW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Serenad
2. Sangen Om Korsspindeln
3. Pa Verandan Vid Havet
4. Kom Nu Hit, Dod
5. Demanten Pa Marssnon
6. Koskenlaskian Morsiammet
7. Hostkvall
8. Soluppgang
9. Se'n Har Jag Ej Fragat Mera
10. Arioso
11. Varen Flyktar Hastigt
12. Luonnotar

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, brooding songs - most rewarding 20 Feb 2010
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
These are wonderful, atmospheric, brooding songs marvellously sung by the two soloists, accompanied most idiomatically and beautifully recorded. Very Sibelian! - gloomy folk tales, dark melancholy, northern wastes, chill water ..... I've had the CD for many years and always return to it with pleasure. These songs have real character and are very involving (those it's not a bad idea to go for a brisk walk in the sunshine afterwards!). As a taster, try 'The Rapid-Rider's Brides', which has the most glorious climax. Anyway, a very rewarding CD and warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral Songs for soloists by Sibelius 5 Sep 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are a dozen songs on this BIS recording. Six of them are sung by the baritone Jorma Hynninen and the other six by soprano Mari Anne Häggander. All tracks are accompanied by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jorma Panula. The set includes three songs with texts by the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg, two by Swedish poet Viktor Rydberg, and the quite well-known Luonnotar from the text of the Kalevala. These songs demonstrate Sibelius' sensitivity to the texts (English versions of which are given in the accompanying booklet) and his mastery of orchestration. `Diamond on the March snow', `Autumn evening' and `Sunrise' feature on other recordings of Sibelius songs and their texts would have resonated with Sibelius' pantheism. With the texts explained in English, you don't need to be able to speak Swedish to appreciate the beauty of these settings.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sibelius disc! 2 Aug 2002
By Sren Thomsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of my favourite parts of Sibelius' output as a composer is his orchestral songs. They don't get the exposure of his symphonies or tone poems, but the musical value is certainly just as high. This is one of the few CD's which contain these songs, and as such it is a must-have for any true Sibelius fan.
Sibelius mainly wrote songs to the poems of nordic poets, Stagnelius, Runeberg etc. and these songs are in Swedish, except for two in Finnish. Stylistically we are talking late-romantic - but all in Sibelius' own voice.
The first six songs are for baritone and orchestra, and here the soloist is the amazing Jorma Hynninen. He has a terrific voice and sings with both intensity and emotion; from the dark and introspective "Kom nü hit, död" to the melodic "Demanten p Marssnon", his performance is deeply commited.
The six songs which follow for soprano and orchestra are a bit disappointing compared to the amazing opening tracks. Mostly due to the soprano Mari Ann Häggander. Simply put, she doesn't really have the most beautiful of voices, I think. There is a certain power and determination to her singing which fits the dynamics of Sibelius' orchestral settings, but she lacks the delicacy of tone to handle the lyrical quality of the vocal line. I suppose it is a matter of taste, and her performance is certainly not "bad" by any means, but for me it could have been better - thus only four stars.
As far as the conducting and the orchestra is concerned: While it is clear that Jorma Panula is no Paavo Berglund I really like the orchestral playing here - the Gotenburg S.O. is terrific and the entire performance is well balanced and dedicated. The sound quality is very good for a near 20 year old recording (BIS's early discs have been known to sound kind of weird) although the soloists are perhaps a bit too closely miked, most noticeably in "Luonnotar", (of which, I might add, there are far better recordings, both as far as the soloist, the conductor and the orchestra is concerned.)
Summing up: Despite some reservations regarding the female soloist, I cannot recommend this CD enough. I have not come across any other CD which features such a selection of Sibelius' best orchestral songs, and these are truly fantastic compositions! Get it, as fast as you can. It won't be availible forever!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Sibelius 19 May 2009
By Marc Haefele - Published on Amazon.com
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To most Sibelians, the Finnish composer's vocal music remains an unknown world. And what a world! The best of the orchestral songs on this compilation, particularly the amazing, closing "Luonnotar," offer hints of where his art might have moved, had Sibelius kept producing music beyond his last orchestral works of the mid 1920s. As it happens, the orchestration of another of the songs, a striking version (sung in Swedish) of Shakespeare's "Come Away Death," dates from the last months of the composer's life in 1957 -- making it one of a tiny handful of revisions from his pen dating to his final, silent, 30 years.
Both singers, baritone Jorma Hynninen and soprano Mari Anne Haggander, have a perfect idiomatic grasp of the music and the voices to handle its furthest demands. The conductor and the orchestra rise to the occasion and so does the 24-year-old digital sound.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 8 Jan 2005
By Michael Schaffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely agree with the anonymous music lover. I find Häggander's voice exceedingly colorful and beautiful. It is not a belcanto voice, but this is not belcanto music and I absolutely love the slightly smoky sound of her voice, and her musical performance of Luonnotar is outstanding - by far the best I ever heard, from the carefully shaped piano lines to the climax in the middle which she attacks with enormous power.

I listened to this years ago and only bought it recently, wondering whether my memory upgraded the performance. No - this is the absolute reference for me in this piece.

Hynninen's contribution is great too, but since we all seem to agree on this, there is no need to write more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral songs for soloists by Sibelius 5 Sep 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are a dozen songs on this BIS recording. Six of them are sung by the baritone Jorma Hynninen and the other six by soprano Mari Anne Häggander. All tracks are accompanied by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jorma Panula. The set includes three songs with texts by the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg, two by Swedish poet Viktor Rydberg, and the quite well-known Luonnotar from the text of the Kalevala. These songs demonstrate Sibelius' sensitivity to the texts (English versions of which are given in the accompanying booklet) and his mastery of orchestration. `Diamond on the March snow', `Autumn evening' and `Sunrise' feature on other recordings of Sibelius songs and their texts would have resonated with Sibelius' pantheism. With the texts explained in English, you don't need to be able to speak Swedish to appreciate the beauty of these settings.

Barbara Bonney - Diamonds in the Snow (Nordic Songs) / Pappano
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!! 6 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had to write this when I saw the other review. It is absolutely beyond me how anyone could listen to MariAnne Häggander and not find her voice beautiful. This is one of my favorite CDs!!!
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