Kuula: Complete Works For Solo Piano (CD)

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Artist:
Adam Johnson

Finnish composer and conductor Toivo Kuula was a student of Sibelius, and pieces such as the majestic Juhlamarssi (‘Festive March’) share the great master’s national flavour while the descriptive folktales of Satukuvia create their own beautifully romantic atmosphere. Kuula’s piano music is notable for its vast array of colour and variety of style, from the melancholy Surumarssi (‘Funeral March’) (from Six Pieces, Op. 26) to the lighthearted Schottis (‘Scottish Dance’), while countless Finnish couples have been married to the accompaniment of Kuula’s Häämarssi (‘Wedding March’).

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Tracklisting:

SATUKUVIA (FOLK-TALE PICTURES), OP. 19 (1912)

  1. No. 1, Andante semplice
  2. No. 2, Presto
  3. No. 3, Tranquillamento

THREE PIANO PIECES, OP. 3b

  1. No. 1, Elegia (’Elegy’) (1908)
  2. No. 2, Häämarssi (’Wedding March’) (1908)
  3. No. 3, Pikku gavotti (’Little Gavotte’) (1906) 
  1. JUHLAMARSSI (‘FESTIVE MARCH’), OP. 13b (1910)
  2. LAMPAAN POLSKA (‘DANCE OF THE SHEEP’) (1915)
  3. AIR VARIÉ IN E MINOR (‘VARIATIONS ON A FINNISH AIR’) (c. 1900)
  4. SCHOTTIS (‘SCOTTISH DANCE’) (c. 1904)

SIX PIANO PIECES, OP. 26 (1913–16)

  1. No. 1, Piirileikki (‘Round Dance’)
  2. No. 2, Paimentunnelma (‘Pastoral Atmosphere’)
  3. No. 3, Tanssi-improvisaatio (‘Dance Improvisation’)
  4. No. 4, Nocturne – formerly known as Jouluyö (’Christmas Night’ or ‘Holy Night’)
  5. No. 5, Rauha (‘Peace’) – formerly ’Adagio’
  6. No. 6, Surumarssi (‘Funeral March’)

TWO SONG TRANSCRIPTIONS, OP. 37 (1917)

  1. No. 1, Virta venhettä vie (‘The Current Carries the Boat’), Op. 4, No. 5b (1907)
  2. No. 2, Venelaulu (‘Barcarolle’), Op. 21, No. 2b (1912)
  3. VANHA SYYSLAULU (’AN OLD AUTUMN SONG’), OP 24, NO. 3b
  4. INVENTION (c. 1905)