Madetoja: The Ostrobothnians

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LABELS: Finlandia
WORKS: The Ostrobothnians
PERFORMER: Jorma Hynninen, Ritva-Liisa Korhonen, Raimo Sirkiä, Monica Groop; La Stelle di Domani, Finnish RSO & Chamber Choir/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
CATALOGUE NO: 3984-21440-2
Since its premiere in 1924, The Ostrobothnians (the title refers to the inhabitants of a region of Finland) has earned the status of a national opera within that country and a sprinkling of productions elsewhere. It’s an accomplished piece of work, showing some kinship to Sibelius (whose pupil Madetoja was) and a strong folk basis to both story and music. Excellent performance, notes and libretto included. George Hall