Jarnefelt - Song of the Scarlet Flower | Ondine ODE13282D

Jarnefelt - Song of the Scarlet Flower


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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13282D

Barcode: 0761195132821

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th January 2019



Gavle Symphony Orchestra


Jaakko Kuusisto


Jarnefelt, Armas

Song of the Scarlet Flower (film score)


Gavle Symphony Orchestra


Jaakko Kuusisto


This release includes the world première recording of the full orchestral score written by Armas Järnefelt to Mauritz Stiller’s silent film Song of the Scarlet Flower (1919) performed by Gävle Symphony Orchestra under Jaakko Kuusisto. Armas Järnefelt – today largely known in music literature only as Sibelius’ brother-in-law – became one of the most remarkable Finnish orchestral composers during the 1890s. The composer wrote several symphonic poems and orchestral suites in his young age which were highly successful and widely performed by various orchestras in his home country. In 1919, Finnish-born film director Mauritz Stiller approached Armas Järnefelt and commissioned him to write an orchestral score for his silent film Sången om den eldröda blomman, based on a novel by Finnish author Johannes Linnankoski. Järnefelt made great efforts for the project and as a result, wrote a large 100-minute orchestral score. The work can be considered as his final orchestral masterpiece and a pioneer work in film music. The film was a huge hit and went on to be screened in more than 40 countries in addition to Sweden. It was also the first ever Nordic feature-length film to have a full-length original score written for it. Järnefelt’s score has been restored by Jani Kyllönen and Jaakko Kuusisto for the present recording. Järnefelt’s manuscript and the orchestral parts from the original performance were used as source materials. The score as restored by Kyllönen and Kuusisto was first performed under Jaakko Kuusisto at a screening of the film at the Oulu Music Festival in March 2017.

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