ABCD 504 – Nordic songs

Duration: 57:17


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“I have always been drawn to impressionistic art and music. The delicately nuanced colour palette and the endlessly interesting harmonic possibilities never cease to nurture my fascination. As a child I loved going through my parents ́ record collection, comprising all kinds of music. Hearing Debussy ́s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune for the first time was a something of a magical experience – the kind of experience only art can provide: that feeling of being completely absorbed by something you don’t really understand. For a long time I did not dare to sing any music by Debussy, in fear of ruining that magic I had experienced at my first encounter.

This album includes a repertoire of Nordic composers influenced by French impressionism and Debussy’s music in particular. In Finland, both Toivo Kuula and Leevi Madetoja are known for taking influence from impressionism. After spending extensive time at the National Library in Oslo I decided to add songs by Alf Hurumin and with the helpful advice from the principal of the Norwegian State Academy of Music, Astrid Kvalbein, Pauline HallJuho Alakärppä brought in Gösta Nystrom`s Sånger vid havet. This work was originally written for Finnish soprano Aulikki Rautava.

My collaboration with Juho started after we both graduated from the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki around 2010. In a truly collaborative manner, we often end up in passionate discussions about how to approach and interpret the music, songs and lyrics. The musical outcome is usually different from what we both had previously imagined, which illustrates the beauty of the process of making music!”

 Melis Jaatinen


  • Nystroem, Gösta (1890-1966)

Ute i skären (text Ebba Lindqvist)3:10FIABA2100109
Nocturne (text Edith Södergran)3:19FIABA2100110
Havets visa (text Hjalmar Gullberg)2:25FIABA2100111
Jag har ett hem vid havet (text Ragnar Jändel)4:39FIABA2100112
Jag väntar månen (text Hjalmar Gullberg)2:38FIABA2100113
  • Hurum, Alf (1882-1972)

BLONDE NÆTTER (text Vilhelm Krag)3:29FIABA2100114
STÆVNEMØDE (text Vilhelm Krag)3:14FIABA2100115
REGN (text Sigbjørn Obstfelder)1:09FIABA2100116
  • Hall, Pauline (1890-1969)

IL PLEURE DANS MON CŒUR (text Paul Verlaine)2:07FIABA2100117
DU BLOMST I DUG (text J. P. Jacobsen)1:24FIABA2100118
CHANSON D’AUTOMNE (text Paul Verlaine)0:59FIABA2100119
  • Madetoja, Leevi (1887-1947)

TULE KANSSANI Op.9 no. 3 (text L. Onerva)2:05FIABA2100120
HYMYI HYPNOS Op. 9 no. 2 (text L. Onerva)2:21FIABA2100121
TALVIKUUTAMOLLA op. 26 no. 5 (text Larin-Kyösti)3:28FIABA2100122
TUULINEN SÄÄ Op. 25 no. 3 (text L. Onerva)1:20FIABA2100123
  • Kuula, Toivo (1883-1918)

AVE MARIA Op. 23 No.2 (text traditional)3:23FIABA2100124
PURJEIN KUUTAMOLLA Op. 31a No.1 (text Kalle Wuokoski)2:22FIABA2100125
PAIMENET Op. 29a No.3 (text Eero Eerola)3:50FIABA2100126
SINIPIIKA Op. 23 No.1 (text V.A. Koskenniemi)2:50FIABA2100127
  • Debussy, Claude(1862-1918)

La mer est plus belle que les cathédrales2:28FIABA2100128
Le son du cor s’afflige vers les bois3:00FIABA2100129
L’échelonnement des haies1:27FIABA2100130


Mezzo Melis Jaatisen profiililevyllä Skandinavia kohtaa Pariisin

Norjassa ja Suomessa opiskellut, Oslossa asuva mezzosopraano Melis Jaatinen on vakiinnuttanut paikkansa etenkin pohjoismaiden oopperalavoilla, mutta omaa levyä on jouduttu odottamaan – tähän asti. Alban julkaisema uutuus “Impressions du nord” esittelee paitsi pätevän laulajan myös kiinnostavan ohjelmistonurkkauksen: Skandinaavisen kansallisromantiikan ranskalaiset vaikutteet ovat tuottaneet intensiivistä, tumman sävykästä musiikkia, joka sopii Jaatisen äänelle.

Kare Eskola, YLE Uudet levyt 20.1.2022
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