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19971221

A symphony by the 18th-century Swede Johan Helmich Roman, songs by Sibelius, a work by modern-day Estonian Arvo Part, and Finnish folk-fiddling - a Christmas potpourri with soprano Ritva-Liisa Korhonen and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, conductor Juha Kangas.

The Maiden In The Tower19971026

Jean Sibelius completed only one opera, despite being an excellent composer of vocal music.

The one-act `The Maiden in the Tower' was written at the request of the Helsinki Philharmonic Society and is based on a medieval Finnish tale about a young maiden imprisoned in a castle by a bullying bailiff.

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela; The Maiden in the Tower.

Kirsi Tiihonen, soprano (Maiden), Peter Lindroos, tenor (Maiden's Betrothed), Jorma Hynninen, baritone (Bailiff), Jubilate Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Ollila.