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Siitä tuntee joulun - A Finnish Christmas

With the exception of a few misguided Swedes, we all know that Santa Claus lives in Finland. So what could be more fitting than a disc of Finnish Christmas classics, in lavish orchestral arrangements performed by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, only 240 miles south of Santa’s home in Rovaniemi. Just as the joyous season knows no boundaries, many of the favourite songs associated with the Finnish Christmas – or ‘Joulu’ – are international, and in the programme, hidden behind exotic-sounding titles, are Jingle bells as well as Rejoice, O Daughter of Zion from Handel’s Messiah. But there are also local products on offer – the most well-known probably being Jean Sibelius’s Christmas song ‘Giv mig ej glans’, which here is performed by Jukka Perko, the internationally known saxophonist who appears as soloist in four tracks on the disc. Other performers include the Lahti children’s choir ‘Laulupuu’ and Riki Sorsa, one of Finland’s most popular performers, who appears in the setting of the poem Tonttu (the Finnish name for Santa). All the arrangements are new – as indeed are a couple of the compositions themselves – and make full use of the eminent abilities of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, here conducted by Esa Heikkilä.
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  R. Raala
01 Joulukirkkoon 2'33
  James Pierpont
02 Kulkuset (Jingle bells) 3'36
  Pekka Simojoki
03 Tulkoon joulu 4'58
  Leevi Madetoja
04 Arkihuolesi kaikki heitä 4'13
05 Santa Lucia – Joulupukki matkaan jo käy (Santa Claus is Coming to Town) 5'12
  Johnny Marks
06 Petteri punakuono (Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer) 3'01
  Irving Berlin
07 Valkea joulu (White Christmas) 4'28
  Lyyli Wartiovaara-Kallioniemi
08 Tonttu 6'38
09 Puuropotpuri 3'38
  Katherine K. Davis
10 Pieni rumpalipoika (The Little Drummer Boy) – Joy to the World 5'50
  Traditional/arr. Harri Ahmas
11 Heinillä härkien kaukalon (Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris) 3'37
  Jean Sibelius
12 En etsi valtaa, loistoa (Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt) 3'46
  Georg Friedrich Händel
13 Riemuitse, tytär Siionin (Rejoice, O Daughter of Zion) 4'44
  Jaakko Kuusisto
14 Jouluevankeliumi 9'59
  Ilkka Kuusisto
15 Tule hiutale 3'44
  Ilkka Kuusisto
16 Minun jouluni 2'21
  Harri Ahmas
17 Me hohteen kirkkaimman näimme 6'13
  Album total 80'00
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
ChoirLaulupuu Choir
ConductorHeikkilä, Esa
ComposerAhmas, Harri
Berlin, Irving
Davis, Katherine K.
Händel, Georg Friedrich
Kuusisto, Ilkka
Kuusisto, Jaakko
Madetoja, Leevi
Marks, Johnny
Pierpont, James
Raala, R.
Sibelius, Jean
Simojoki, Pekka
Traditional/arr. Harri Ahmas
Wartiovaara-Kallioniemi, Lyyli
SaxophonePerko, Jukka
VocalsSorsa, Riki

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