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Henry Fogel
Fanfare, November 2008

Oskar Merikanto’s songs were another discovery, a Finnish late-Romantic composer rendered in remarkably beautiful performances…sounding decades younger.

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Henry Fogel
Fanfare, September 2008

Is it the beauty of Oskar Merikanto’s songs that makes this disc so appealing? Or is it the astonishing singing of Jorma Hynninen, who recorded this in April 2007, when he was 66 years old? Okay—it’s both. And as a bonus we get inspired piano-playing from Ilkka Paananen, whose accompaniments are much more than accompaniments.

The overwhelming quality one hears in this music is its lyricism, much of it truly inspired.

I was certain that this must be a reissue of some old recording that I had missed, so young did the singing sound. But that is not the case, and whatever Hynninen is taking, I want some too. There is virtually no wear on the voice at all, despite 37 years of singing professionally, and his feel for this music clearly comes from deep within. He inflects the songs with imagination and complete conviction, all while singing with beautiful tone. Paananen, who has worked regularly with the baritone, also feels Merikanto’s music deeply and naturally. …This is recommended with complete enthusiasm. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review

David Fanning
Gramophone, June 2008

Jorma Hynninen…brings immense authority to this repertoire and a vocal quality that shows only a few signs of strain in the upper reaches. Ilkka Paananen supplies top-class accompaniments, setting moods and turning corners with unfailing intelligence. Recording quality is straightforward and truthful. © 2008 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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