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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: ONDINE
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHVS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Die Schone Mullerin, D 795 - Jorma Hynninen/Ralf Gothoni

Disc: 2

  1. Winterreise, D911 - Jorma Hynninen/Ralf Gothoni

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This box set is labeled 'Essential Highlights of Jorma Hynninen, Baritone' and marked 'Ondine 25', marking a celebration of the Ondine label's twenty-five years of existence. But what it is, in fact, is a re-release of two previously issued Hynninen discs of Schubert song-cycles ('Die Schöne Müllerin' and 'Winterreise') which were lauded when first issued in 1988 and which remain evidence of this great Finnish baritone's artistry.

Hynninen, born in 1941 and a world-class singer since the 1970s, had in his prime one of the most beautiful baritone voices in the world. Coupled with that was his ability to convey the meaning of the texts he was singing. I shall never forget the impact his recording of the songs of a, to me, obscure Finnish composer, Seppo Nummi, had on me. Absolutely gorgeous singing of absolutely gorgeous music. He is a handsome man who moves gracefully on the stage and recital platform. His ability to convey the meanings and emotions of these quintessentially Romantic texts is very nearly the equal of Fischer-Dieskau's. And he does it with a naturalness without FiDi's occasional preciosity. One feels in these performances the pain and ecstasy of a young man. These are essential recordings of these two great works.

Rolf Gothóni is the magnificent pianist here. Gothóni, awarded the coveted Gilmore Award in 1994, is a towering artist whose performances never disappoint. I was spellbound when I listened to these performances with score in hand in order to listen primarily to the pianist. Not since Gerald Moore have I been so taken with the artistry of a pianist in Winterreise in particular.

Heartily recommended, and particularly so with its two-for-one pricing.

Scott Morrison
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To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Ondine, recently acquired by Naxos but still operating independently, have released five bargain twofers in "a limited edition available in 2010 only." Each comprises titles from their best-selling backlist to showcase five of their star artists: sopranos Soile Isokoski and Karita Mattila, violinist Pella Kuusisto, clarinettist Kari Kriikku and the singer featured here, baritone Jorman Hynninen.

"Essential Highlights" is somewhat misleading, in that rather than offering snippets, the programme provided here consists of telling accounts of Schubert's two most celebrated song cycles, both recorded by Hynninen in his prime in 1988. "Die schöne Müllerin" is slightly unusual in that it is more often sung by a tenor, although there have, of course, been many recordings made by baritones. "Winterreise" is sung in its most familiar tessitura - but again, we have had highly successful versions recorded by singers of other vocal categories, especially mezzo Brigitte Fassbänder and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann. Not being much of a fan of Fischer-Dieskau, I am unused to hearing a baritone in "Die schöne Müllerin" and take as my yardstick recordings by tenors Aksel Schiøtz, Fritz Wunderlich and, more recently, Jonas Kaufmann - although the latter evidently has more of a baritonal colouring to his voice than his silvery predecessors. In general, I feel that this music really demands a tenor voice to make its full impact, so I began listening inclined to make disparaging comparisons between Hynninen and his tenor competitors.

I have to say that his singing wholly disarmed my prejudice, even if I still persist in favouring a tenor version.
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