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Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958)

Composer Armas Järnefelt (1869–1958) was Finnish by birth; he had begun his musical studies in Finland and had learned his profession as a conductor with the local orchestra in his native city of Viipuri from 1898 to 1903. From 1904 to 1907, he was involved in organising opera productions in Helsinki, mostly works by Wagner. He had acquired international experience while studying in Berlin and Paris in the 1890s, and prior to his appointment in Stockholm at the Royal Opera, where he was to remain in that post until 1932, he had lived in several places in Germany as his wife, singer Maikki Järnefelt, created a career there while he found employment as a rehearsal pianist and assistant conductor at various opera houses.


Järnefelt’s composing career was at its height in the 1890s, when he wrote his principal orchestral works, including the tone poem Korsholma (1894), the Symphonic Fantasy (1895) and a number of orchestral suites. He also wrote several solo songs and choral works that were quite popular, and later he wrote numerous sets of incidental music and a dozen cantatas. His best-known works by far are two charming miniatures: Prelude for orchestra (1895) and Berceuse for violin and orchestra (1904?). Stylistically, he straddled the divide between Finnish National Romanticism and international Late Romanticism. Wagner in particular was an important influence for him; he observed that as a young man he was possessed “by an insane Wagner fever”. In 1919, Järnefelt wrote a 100-minute orchestral score to Mauritz Stiller’s film Song of the Crimson Flower (Sången om den eldröda blomman) – first of its kind in the history of Nordic film industry. The restored score was premiered in 2017 and recorded by Ondine the following year.

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Aallon kehtolaulu (Lullaby to a Breaker)
Du (You)
En drömmares sång till livet (A Dreamer’s Song to Life)
En spel- och dansvisa (A Fiddling and Dancing Tune)
I solnedgången (At Sunset)
Isänmaan kasvot (The Face of the Fatherland)
Kanteleelle (To the Kantele)
Kehtolaulu (Hiljaa, hiljaa) (Lullaby (Soft, soft))
Kehtolaulu (Liekku liiku) (Lullaby (Rock, O Cradle))
Köyhä (The Poor One)
Laula, laula! (Sing, Sing!)
Leivo (The Lark)
När alla klockor klämtat tolf (When All Clocks Have Struck Twelve)
Puhjetessa kukka puhtahin (A Flower Is Purest When Blossoming)
Skymning (Twilight)
Solsken (Sunshine)
Song of the Scarlet Flower, full score to the 1919 film
Sunnuntaina (On Sunday)
Suvirannalla (Summer Shore)
Toivoni (My Hope)
Unelma (Dream)
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Discography (extract)

Armas Järnefelt

Song of the Scarlet Flower,

full score to the 1919 film

Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor

ODE 1328-2D

Released 01/2019

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Valkoiset ruusut. Musiikkia Suomi-filmeistä
(Music from Finnish motion pictures)

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
ODE 1136-2

Released 10/2008

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Pictures from Finland
Kuvia Suomesta

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam, conductor
Photo album + CD
ODE 1112-2

Released 09/2007

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Armas Järnefelt

Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Camilla Nylund, soprano
Ilkka Paananen, piano
ODE 1029-2

Released 08/2003

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