Veli-Matti Puumala, Anna Liisa, Komponist: Veli-Matti Puumala, Interpreten: Iida Antola, Sopran; Martti Anttila, Tenor; Anu Hostikka, Sopran; Juha Hostikka, Bariton; Jorma Hynninen, Bariton; Jukka Jokitalo, Tenor; Helena Juntunen, Sopran; Eira Karlson, Mezzosopran; Tanja Kauppinen, Sopran; Jouni Kokora, Bass; Sanna Kurki-Suonio, Mezzosopran; Lotte Lehikoinen, Alt; Jarmo Lehtola, Tenor; Juha-Pekka Mitjonen, Bass; Ville Rusanen, Bariton; Susanna Sippola, Mezzosopran; Jan Söderblom Dirigent; Tapiola Sinfonietta Orchester; Susanna Tollet, Alt; Hanna-Maaria Tuomela, Sopran; Joonas Turunen, Bass; Helsinki Chamber Choir; 2 CDs, Ondine (Naxos) ODE1254-2D
Ondine releases the world premiere recording of Veli-Matti Puumala's (b. 1965) opera Anna Liisa.
The libretto of Anna Liisa is an adaptation by the composer based on a natural-ist play by the Finnish writer Minna Canth (1844-1897). Canth's popular play describes the tragedy of Anna Liisa, caught between the norms of the sur-rounding society and her own moral conscience. Veli-Matti Puumala explores the potential of music from fresh and innovative perspectives. His music is characterised by a clash of intense and energetic textures with quiet landscapes with a quite different timescale.
Puumala started making sketches to his opera already in 1997, but the opera had to wait its long-awaited premiere until 2008 when it was included in the programme of the Helsinki Festival. Puumala, a pupil of Paavo Heininen and Franco Donatoni, has won Prix Italia in 2001 and in 2005 his Piano Concerto Seeds of Time was awarded with the Finnish Teosto Prize. Puumala has been Professor of Composition at the Sibe-lius Academy since 2005. Puumala's opera features several well-known Finnish opera artists, including Helena Juntunen and Jorma Hynninen. The Tapiola Sinfonietta is conducted by Jan Söderblom.
Anna Liisa (Oper in 3 Akten) (Gesamtaufnahme)
2. The banns will be read next Sunday (1. Akt)
4. I enjoy life
5. Johannes, are you sure
6. Friday – Suterday – Sunday!
8. She's coming. Husso ! (2. Akt)
9. Now you know how things stand
1. Anna Liisa, Anna Liisa
2. You're like a fream
4. She sits there like a statue (3. Akt)
5. God's peace!
6. She's stood up
7. News from the church!
8. Leave me alone!
9. Unless thou be our light, o Jesus
10. Ho! Ho!
11. The wind blew over the water
12. There's room here
13. Hurrah! Long live bride!
14. There is no cause for sorrow
15. Go in peace, my child