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Classical - Released October 27, 2017 | RCA Red Seal

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released April 2, 1999 | RCA Red Seal

Distinctions The Unusual Suspects
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Classical - Released April 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released December 1, 1992 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Solo Piano - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Ondine

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Classical - Released September 30, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released October 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1993 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Ondine

Booklet
With the title A Five-Star Sibelius Celebration, the Ondine label is not providing a critical estimation of the quality of the disc. Rather, it indicates that five different soloists are performing five sets of works by the great Finnish modernist. Whether or not those soloists are in fact stars is left up to the listener. The best-known name here is undoubtedly Karita Mattila's. The clarion soprano has appeared in opera houses around the world, and her set of six songs accompanied by pianist Ilmo Ranta are as strongly sung and powerfully characterized as her Jenufa and Salome. Perhaps the next-best-known name is Monica Groop's. The warm-toned mezzo-soprano has endeared herself to international listeners with her many excellent lieder recordings, and for them, her group of Ariel's five songs excerpted from the music for The Tempest with the Opera Festival Chorus and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, while wonderfully sung, may be regarded as too little of a good thing. Some collectors might recall pianist Olli Mustonen's terrific series of recordings for Decca, particularly his fire-breathing romp through Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis, but fewer might remember his stylish yet soulful all-Sibelius disc from which these 10 charming Bagatelles, Op. 34, are taken. Avid fans of Finnish opera will recognize Jorma Hynninen's name from the baritone's many recordings of operas by Merikanto, Rautavaara, and Sallinen, and they may likewise already know his commanding recording of Sibelius' songs accompanied by Leif Segerstam leading the Tampere Philharmonic from which these seven songs are excerpted. Few, maybe, will recognize Pekka Kuusisto's name, but since the young violinist has only been making records since the turn of the millennium, that situation is understandable. His recording here of the two Serenades with the Tapiola Sinfonietta is beautifully played and may serve to introduce Kuusisto to a larger audience. Although recorded between 1994 and 2005, Ondine's digital sound is uniformly crisp, clean, and colorful.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.