Songs and Orchestral Music

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TOIVO KUULA
Songs and Orchestral Music
Susan Gritton (soprano) / BBC Concert Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins

[ Dutton Epoch / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 18 October 2011

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EDITOR'S CHOICE GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE FEB 2012 --

"Susan Gritton's performance is operatically charged, and very effective, as is her involving account of the 12-minute song-story Impi Ja Pajarin Poika" BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

Recorded at Air Studios, Hampstead, London, 24-26 January 2011

This remarkable programme presents songs and orchestral music by Finnish composer Toivo Kuula (1883-1918), a pupil of Sibelius who died young. Best-known for his songs and choral music, Kuula's arresting orchestral music draws heavily on folk legends and Ostrobothnian folksong and constitutes some of the most striking Finnish music of its time. Renowed soprano Susan Gritton and the BBC Concert Orchestra under the inspired baton of Martyn Brabbins give spellbinding accounts of this gloriously colourful repertoire.

EDITOR'S CHOICE GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE FEB 2012

"Susan Gritton's performance is operatically charged, and very effective, as is her involving account of the 12-minute song-story Impi Ja Pajarin Poika...[Hiidet Virvoja Viritti] has a dash of Rimsky-Korsakov about it. The symphonic legend Orjan Poika (Son of a Slave) is a more sombre composition, and is powerfully shared here by Martyn Brabbins." BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

Recorded at Air Studios, Hampstead, London, 24-26 January 2011

This remarkable programme presents songs and orchestral music by Finnish composer Toivo Kuula (1883-1918), a pupil of Sibelius who died young. Best-known for his songs and choral music, Kuula's arresting orchestral music draws heavily on folk legends and Ostrobothnian folksong and constitutes some of the most striking Finnish music of its time. Renowed soprano Susan Gritton and the BBC Concert Orchestra under the inspired baton of Martyn Brabbins give spellbinding accounts of this gloriously colourful repertoire.

Full song text in booklet (both original Finnish and an English translation)

Tracks:

Merenkylpijäneidot, Op. 12
South Ostrobothnian Suite No. 2, Op. 20
Kesäilta
Four Songs with orchestra
Tuijotin tulehen kauan, Op. 2 No. 2
Karjapihass (In the Cattleyard)
Purjein kuutamolla, Op. 31a No. 1
Concert Suite: Orjan Poika, Op. 14b
Impi Ja Pajarin Poika, Op. 18
Prelude and Fugue, Op. 10