UUNO KLAMI (1900-1961): Nummisuutarit, ERKKI MELARTIN (1875-1937): Overture to “Princess Ruusunen”, Op. 22, LEEVI MADETOJA (1887-1947): Comedy Overture, Op. 53, ERNST MIELCK (1877-1899): Dramatische Ouverture, Op. 6, ARMAS JÄRNEFELT (1869-1958): Ouverture lyrique, Præludium, SELIM PALMGREN (1878-1951): Overture from Tuhkimo-Sarja“, Op. 21, ROBERT KAJANUS (1856-1933): Overtura sinfonica, HEINO KASKI (1885-1957): Prélude, Op. 7, No. 1, JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957): Karelia Overture, Op. 10.
Catalogue Number: 08Z006
Reference: CHSA 5336
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Kajanus was the leading figure in Finnish music before Sibelius became established. His Overtura sinfonica is a late work, from 1926, which epitomises his style. Järnefelt was a friend and fellow student of Sibelius, and eventually became his brother-in-law. Melartin wrote his incidental music for Prinsessa Ruusunen (Sleeping Beauty) for a production of Zachris Topelius’s fairy-tale play at the Finnish Theatre. Mielck (who cruelly died aged twenty-one) was mentored by Kajanus, who also conducted the première of Mielck’s Dramatische Ouvertüre in Helsinki. Palmgren’s overture from his Tuhkimo-Sarja (Cinderella Suite) is particularly exotic. Another pianist-composer, Kaski, spent his career as a teacher, leaving little time for composition. His Prélude is an orchestration of one of his most popular piano miniatures. The work of Klami is closer to 744 modernism, reflecting his studies in Paris and Vienna. Madetoja was perhaps the most talented of Sibelius’s small number of private pupils. His is an orchestral tour-de-force, with echoes of Richard Strauss. Oulu Sinfonia; Rumon Gamba.