Marianne Montonen, Jasper Koekoek, Elisaveta Rimkevitch & Aarne Mansikka - Merikanto: Art Songs (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 129:25 minutes | 1,21 GB
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alba Records, Official Digital Download
These days, Aarre Merikanto (1893–1958) is one of the best-known early 20th century modernists in Finnish classical music. In his early years, he composed in the National Romantic style, but by the time he was 23, he had developed a much more progressive style. By the beginning of the 1920s, he was writing in a modern, free-tonal musical language with a strong focus on timbral colour. Merikanto himself considered his “radical” style to be innate, but we know he was in fact inspired by Debussy and Scriabin, and especially Sibelius’ Fourth Symphony. After moving from the countryside back to Helsinki in 1928, Merikanto started actively networking with other Finnish composers, which also had an effect on his music.