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Kalevala: Dream of the Salmon Maiden
Ruth Mackenzie
Kalevala: Dream of the Salmon Maiden
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Ruth Mackenzie
Title: Kalevala: Dream of the Salmon Maiden
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Omnium
Original Release Date: 6/23/1998
Release Date: 6/23/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Styles: World Dance, Europe, Scandinavia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 038146202125

CD Reviews

Lucky to have stumbled on to this one.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was turned on to this by a public radio program about the Kalevala (the great Finnish epic). The airy title "Dream of the Salmon Maiden" may make you think in terms of New Age music, but don't be fooled. This is a skillful modern take on traditional Finnish song styles, and it is persuasively assertive when it needs to be. By turns it can be subtle, challenging, or truely blood-stirring, all suffused with an obvious love for the source material. Many of the lyrics relate to a legend from the Kalevala. Most of them are in English, and wherever there is a narrative to them the lyrics sheet includes helpful notes."
Lane Orcslayer | Lost, as usual | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)


Bought it because I was writing a term paper on the Kalevala for an religion, magic and witchcraft anthropology class. I fell in love with it almost from the moment I began listening to it and heard what seemed like primal screams on the first track, Salmon Dance. It just got wilder as I listened to it, until my skin just crawled with the vocal power in the Kulning songs near the end.

Favorite tracks: Aino's Complaint, I can't describe it but I'm fascinated by what seems like singing while crying, and the 8 beat stanzas are so effective. Salmon Dance. Wow. Kaikk' Mia is a definite party hit, again, sounds like crying and singing at the same time. I love Oi Dai's words in Finnish interspersed with English. I want to learn Finnish just to sing along with it. Hands down though, I think my favorite song on the album is "Give Us Room to Roar. I want to jump around and just bang things loudly and obnoxiously and participate when I hear this song.

I own a lot of celtic music, and snobbishly collect music by women artists. This is my first Finnish music. I agree with the other reviewer who hopes Ms. MacKenzie would produce more music. I'd be at the store right away to get it. I am well and truly hooked on this CD. I'm still tingling. I love the use of the traditional and non-traditional instruments getting together in this music, like the Swedish sackpipa with the recorder and the use of the electric guitar to produce some rockin music. I only wish there was someone playing the kantele as well, would have made my project even more special."
bookwormmh | 07/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ruth MacKenzie's Kalevala is by far, my favourite recording. every time i listen to it, i find a new rhythm or beat or instrument somewhere in the song. I wish Ms. MacKenzie would do more stuff, because i saw her adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen" at The Children's Theatre Company (an amazing theatre, by the way) in Minneapolis, and that was beutiful, too!"