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Sisu!

06/09/11 8:00AM

In my Finnish/Swedish family it's not uncommon to hear "Sisu!" occasionally exclaimed as an encouragement for someone who may be feeling down or going through a hard time. It's hard to translate exactly but the spirit of it more or less speaks to the triumph of perseverance - something like, "power to you!". This morning's music is filled with the determined musical voices of Finns including composers Leevi Madetoja, and Selim Palmgren. 

Playlist

8:08am

Comedy Overture
Composer: Leevi Madetoja
Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic
Conductor: Jorma Panula
CD/Album: "Leevi Madetoja: Symphony No. 1 - Kullervo - Okon Fuoko - Comedy Overture"
Record co./Cat #: Finlandia 15
 
 

8:17am

Cosi fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento, -
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conductor: Georg Solti
Soloists: Renee Fleming, soprano ; Anne Sofie von Otter, alto ; Michele Pertusi, bass
CD/Album: "The #1 Opera Album"
Record co./Cat #: London 467632
Note: (Act I, scene II: Trio (Fiordiligi, Dorabella & Alfonso): "May the wind be gentle")
 
 

8:21am

Symphony #6 in D, "Le Matin", HOB 1/6
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Ensemble: Hanover Band
Conductor: Roy Goodman
CD/Album: "Haydn Symphonies 6, 7, 8"
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 66523
Note: ("Morning")
 
 

8:44am

Piano Concerto #1, Op. 13
Composer: Selim Palmgren
Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jacques Mercier
Soloists: Eero Heinonen, piano
CD/Album: "Selim Palmgren Complete Piano Concertos"
Record co./Cat #: Finlandia 522102
Note: (written in 1903)
 
 

9:02am

The Alchymist
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
CD/Album: "Handel: Water Music - Fireworks Music"
Record co./Cat #: L'oiseau-Lyre 455 709
 
 

9:19am

Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes
Composer: Richard Strauss
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
CD/Album: "Strauss-Also Sprach Zarathustra-Bourgeois Gentilhomme"
Record co./Cat #: RCA 5721
 
 

9:29am

Flower songs, Op. 88
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Soloists: Karita Mattila, soprano ; Ilmo Ranta, piano
CD/Album: "Sibelius: Songs"
Record co./Cat #: Ondine 856
 
 

9:38am

Svarta rosor, Op. 36/#1
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Soloists: Karita Mattila, soprano ; Ilmo Ranta, piano
CD/Album: "Sibelius: Songs"
Record co./Cat #: Ondine 856
Note: ("Black roses")
 
 

9:41am

Pictures from Finland, Op. 24
Composer: Selim Palmgren
Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jacques Mercier
Soloists: Juhani Lagerspetz, piano
CD/Album: "Selim Palmgren Complete Piano Concertos"
Record co./Cat #: Finlandia 522102
Note: (written in 1908)
 
 
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