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Sounds of Finland
Jean Sibelius, Pekka Juhani Hannikainen, Mooses Putro
Sounds of Finland
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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Well trained children's choir - nice mix of music
M. J. Smith | Seattle, WA USA | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Several of the works on this album are composed by Finns, or so I assume by their names: Sibelius, Hannikainen, Putro, Koskinen, Kuula, Panula, Pacius, Sallinen and Rautavaara. There are common European works by Bach, Handel, Praetorius and an interesting group of Japanese Songs. There are a few traditional / anonymous pieces.By topic there are several patriotic songs - "Finlandia Hymn", "Song of Findland", "Our Country". Several are Christmas season songs - To Us a Festival is Given, "A son Is Born in Bethlehem", "Marjatta, Lowly Maiden", "Maria, the Lord's Little Maiden". Several are on folk themes - the Lappish "Jojk", "Oh Nightingale, Come!" ...The resulting album is a wonderful mix of unfamilar music that you will soon want to make familar. I personally find Rautavaara a difficult composer - I understand his appeal, I simply don't share it - but I find all the other music very accessible.The children's choir has very clear tone and enunciation, their voices blend splendidly. Technically this is an excellent album.Do give these composers a try - you'll find yourself searching the catalogues for more."