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Jouni Somero plays Schumann
Arabeske op.18 Carnaval op.9 Etudes Symphoniques op.13
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Jouni Somero piano
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Sonata No.3 op.5 Händel Variations op.24
Jouni Somero piano


Eilamaria Leskinen sopraano Jouni Somero piano


Brahms:3 Intermezzi op.117 Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 d-moll op.28
DIGITAL 20.9.2019

Bach to You

Jouni Somero, piano


Jouni Somero, piano
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Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Works vol.1-4
In general, the Finnish pianist Jouni Somero plays the music more deliberately than Trapmann, which usually translates to slower tempi. Somero seems more in touch with the spirit of the composer; he never drags, but finds enough space to let the music bloom. He uses a wider dynamic range and seems more intereted in exploring the colors of the instrument. Trapmann, whom I praised in my review of his set, now sounds a bit glip in comparison, as if he is reading though the music in order to complete the set. Somero does the music greater justice, compelling the listener to want to hear more. Fanfare Magazin USA Jan/Feb. 2011


Sound quality is very good, though in Volume 2, the piano does sound slightly laboured. The CD booklets are decidedly pro forma. Those able to read Somero's Finnish original do get more information for their money - the Finnish provides extra biographical paragraphs and a cursory description of the works in Somero's programme. There are typos in the English version that occur in both volumes - for example, one instance in which the composer's name is spelt 'Bortkiwicz'.

For anyone who relishes unforgettable melodies harmonised with imagination in superbly crafted, often profound miniatures, these two volumes are unmissable. This promises to be a marvellous series. Musicweb International 11/2011

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All three works in Somero's recital are superbly lyrical, with individual pieces characterised, almost without exception, by unforgettable melody, delectable harmony and irrepressible rhythms sensuously swathed in a mellifluous timelessness, with the well-judged contrastive flourish or outburst of scintillating virtuosity and dramatic intensity. Grieg, Schumann, Liszt, Alkan and early Skriabin are all sometimes brought to mind, but on this disc it is Chopin's spirit that dwells again in Bortkiewicz - whose originality is, nevertheless, unimpeachable.

On the whole, though, this makes five out of five quality discs, all of which have much pleasure and interest to offer pianophiles in particular and music-lovers in general. This latest gem-studded volume itself verges on the indispensable. Musicweb International 12/2011

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Vol.1 & 5;

While Lamentations et Consolations has been recorded before by Stephen Coombs on Hyperion, it appears the other works on the current disc aren?t currently available, making this a significant release. That?s especially true since Finnish pianist Jouni Somero, a student of György Cziffra, has Bortkiewicz?s late-Romantic pianistic lexicon at his fingertips. Somero is a fine colorist and, being a Cziffra student, can do full justice to the Lisztian strain so prominent in Bortkiewicz?s early style, including, of course, the explosive virtuosic turns here and there in this collection.

It?s very appealing that Volume 1 includes works from early and late in Bortkiewicz?s career. Presumably, future installments will follow the same course. With a varied program, superior pianism, and natural piano sound, this first volume bodes well for the rest of the series. Stay tuned!
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An Anthology of Finnish Piano Music Vol.1-5 Rewie in Music web international 11/2011:

"A generous and adventurous cross-section of Finnish piano music in elite versions and healthy open recordings."

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Rebikov: Piano Works Rewie in MusicWeb international 4/12 "Finnish pianist Jouni
Somero is a pianistic powerhouse. He vies in multifarious enthusiasm for neglected composers with the likes of Michael Ponti in his Vox piano concerto series in the 1970s. He has already given us five volumes of Finnish piano music, a series of eight volumes of Bortkiewicz as well as single disc selections by Godard and many others. This is the fifth disc in his Russian Project. Previous instalments were: FCRCD-9720 Tchaikovsky 1; FCRCD-9724 Arensky; FCRCD-9728 Tchaikovsky 2; FCRCD-9732 Rubinstein"
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Salmenhaara: Piano Chamber
Music: "Very nice, Romantic sounding and easy to listen to" Read more:




Robert Schumann Arabeske op.18 Carnaval op.9 Etudes Symphoniques op.13

Johannes Brahms Sergei Rachmaninov Jouni Somero piano
Johannes Brahms: 3 Intermezzi op.117
Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata No.1 d-moll op.28

Bach to You FCRCD-9761 20€

Bach-Siloti: Air Bach-Siloti Prelude b minor Bach-Godowsky: Preludium c minor Bach-Busoni: Adagio Bach:15 Sinfonias Marcello-Bach: Adagio Bach-d'Albert: Toccata F major

César Cui 25 Preludes op.64

FCRCD-9759 20€
César Cui (1835-1918) 25 Preludes op.64
Toivo Kuula Complete PianoWorks  Jouni Somero, piano
FCRCD-9758 20€
Kuula (1883-1918) Kolme pianokappaletta op.3b, Satukuvia op.19, Kuusi pianokappaletta op.26, Kaksi pianokappaletta op.37, Lampaan polska, Juhlamarssi op.13b, Air varié, Invention, Hämärän laulu, Vanha syyslaulu, Schottis

Hans Seeling Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano
FCRCD-9760 20€
Seeling (1828-62) Barcarole op.9, Romance op.8/2, Lorely op.2, 12 Concert-Etudes op.10


Alexander Scriabin Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano
FCRCD-9757 10€

Scriabin (1872-1915) 5 Preludes op.16, Prelude op.51/2, Vers la flamme op.72, Nuances op.56/3, Sonate Nr.3 op.23, Deux Morceaux pour la main gauche op.9 (Prelude,Nocturne) " Poemes op.32, 24 Preludes op.11 (2-6,9-10) Sonate Nr.5 op.53

Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Complete Piano Works vol.6 Jouni Somero, piano
Tchaikovsky (1840-93) 18 Morceaux op.72 (1893) Impromptu, Berceuse, Tendres reproches, Danse caracteristique, Méditation, Mazurka pour danser, Polacca de Concert, Dialogue, Un poco de Schumann, Scherzo-Fantasie, Valse-Bluette, L'espiégle. Echo Rustique, Chant élégiaque, Un poco di Chopin, Valse á cing temps, Passé lointain, Scéne dansante, Theme with Variations (1863-64)


Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Complete Piano Works vol.5 Jouni Somero,piano FCRCD-9754 10€  
Pjotr Tchaikovsky (1840-93) Impromptu (Momento Lirico) Six Morceaux op.51:
Valse de salon,Polka peu dansante, Menuetto scherzoso, Natha-valse, Romance, Valse sentimentale. The Seasons op.37a


Franz Schubert Impromptus D 899 Sonata D 960 Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9753 10 €

Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Complete Piano Works vol.4 Jouni Somero,piano FCRCD-9751 10 € Pjotr Tchaikovsky (1840-93) Valse-scherzo op.7, Capriccio op.8, Trois Morceaux op.9, Deux Morceaux op.10, Six Morceaux op.19, Impromptu-caprice, Marche Militaire
Gade & Grieg Piano Works Jouni Somero,piano FCRCD-9750 10 €
Niels W.Gade (1917-1890): Aquarellen op.19 Barcarolle op.19/5, Elegie op.19/1 Sonate op.28 Edward Grieg (1843-1907): Gade op.57/2, Notturno op.54/4 Sonate E minor op.7
Hugo Reinhold: Piano Works Jouni Somero,piano FCRCD-9743  10€
Hugo Reinhold(1854-1935) 3 Impromptus op.28, 3 Klavier-Etuden für die Linke hand allein op.61, Arabesken 12 Clavierstücke op.59, Intermezzi rür Pianoforte op.48
Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Complete Piano works Vol.3 Jouni Somero,pianoFCRCD-9744 10€

Pjotor Tchaikovsky(1840-93)  Valse-Caprice op.4, Nathalie-Valse, Dumka op.59, 6 Morceaux, composès sur un seul théme op.21, Souvenir de Hapsal op.2, Romance f minor op.5, Scherzo à la Russe op.1/1, Impromptu op.1/2
Tauno Marttinen (1912-2008) Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9748 10€

Tauno Marttinen: Taara-Suite for piano op.34 (1967) Piano Sonata op.90 (1974) Pääsiäinen-Easter op.66 (1971-72) Kimalluksia-Gleams op.134 (1977) Sonata III op.214 B (1982)
Encore! Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9745 10 €

 Stanley Myers:Cavatina, L.van Beethoven: Adagio sostenuto, Claude Debussy: Clair de lune, Fr.Chopin: Valse D flat op.64/2 "Minute", J.S.Bach-A.Siloti: Air, J.S.Bach-A.Siloti:Prelude h minor, Giulio Caccini: Ave Maria, Wladimir Rebikov:Christmas Tree, Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance, L.M.Gottschalk: The Banjo, Heino Kaski: Yö merenrannalla op.34/1, Jean Sibelius: Kuusi op.75/5, E.Melartin-J-Somero: Prinsessa Ruususen juhlamarssi, Jouni Somero: Artun Masurkka, Jouni Somero:Etydico, Fr.Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no.6, W.A.Mozart:Das Butterbrot.
Vladimir Rebikov (1866–1920) Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9739 10 €
 Feuilles d'automne op.29 Con tristezza,  Pregando, Con afflizione, Con dolore, Con tristezza e tenerezza, Lugubre. Les Feux du Soir (1904)Lento, Lento, Andante sostenuto, Andante, Moderato. Mélomimiques op.11 Tempo ad libitum, Moderato. Nereid op.15/4(1898). Parmi eux op.35 Ils dansent, Danse avec une cloche, Berceuse, Danse du quadrupéde, Elles dansent, Danse des petits. Scénes bucoliques op.28Dans les Vignes, Pastorelle, Danse des bergerettes, Danse des bergers, Ronde des Elfes. Trois Idylles op.50 (1913) Hymne au soleil, Dans un vaste space, Parmi les fleurs. Fleurs d'automne  Moderato, Andante, Moderato. Les Reves op.15 (1898) Les démons s'amusent 
Benjamin Godard: Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9738 10 €

Godard (1849-95) Valse Chromatique op.88, Promenade en mer op.86, Romance sans paroles op.120, Sonate Fantastiques op.63, Venitienne (Barcarolle nr.4) Mazurka nr.1 op.25, Sonate nr.2 op.94 World Premiére Recording!
Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Complete Piano Works Vol.2 Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9728 10 €
Tchaikovsky (1840- 1893): Grand Sonata in G major op.37, Children's Album op.39, Aveau Passionne, Impromptu, Valse-Scherzo
Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Complete Piano Works Vol.1 Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9720 10 €
Tchaikovsky (1840- 1893): Sonate cis op.80, Valse fis, Douze Morceaux de difficulte moyenne op.40
Anton Rubinstein: Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9732 10 €
Rubinstein (1829- 1894): Melody in F op.3/2, Romance op.44/1, Barcarolle op.50/3, Mélancolie op.51/1, Preghiera op.44/3, Réve Angélique op.22/10, Staccato Etude op.23/2, Sonata No.1 op.12
Anton Arenski:Pianotrio&Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano Raymond Cox,violin Laura Bucht, cello FCRCD-9724 10 €
Arenski (1861- 1906): Reverie op.25/2 Logaedes op.28/1 Romance op.53/5 Pianotrio D minor op.32 12 Preludes op.63 Scherzo from Pianotrio:
Felix Blumenfeld: Piano Works Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9706 10 €
Blumenfeld (1883- 1931): Etude de concert op.24, Souvenir douloureux op.2/2, 2 Nocturnes op.6, Suite Polonaise op.23, 10 Moments lyriques op.27, 2 Morceaux op.37
Piano Recital: Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9705 10 €
Jean Sibelius (1865- 1957) : Finlandia op.26/7, Franz Schubert (1797- 1828): Wanderer-Fantasie op.15, Adolf von Henselt (1814- 1889): 12 Etudes caractéristigues de concert op.2   SOLD OUT!
Piano Transcriptions: Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9704 10 €
Melartin (1875- 1937)- Somero (1963- ): Juhlamarssi Prinsessa Ruususesta/ Jubilee March, Schubert (1797- 1828)- Liszt (1881- 1886): Am Meer, Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, Chopin (1810- 1849)- Liszt (1881- 1886): Meine Freude, Schumann (1810- 1856)- Godowsky (1970- 1938): Du bist wie eine Blume, Brahms (1833- 1897)- Cortot (1877- 1962): Wiegenlied, Offenbach (1819- 1880)- Moszkowsky (1854- 1925): Barcarolle, Sibelius (1865- 1957)- Ekman (1869- 1947): Laulu ristilukista, Tchaikovsky (1840- 1893)- Nagel: None but the lonely Heart, Mussorsky (1839- 1881)- Horowitz (1903- 1989): By the Water, Rachmaninov (1873- 1943)- Wild (1915- 2010): Vocalise, Somero (1963- ): Reminiscences de Italie SOLD OUT!
Piano Poems: Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9708 10 €
Merikanto: Kesäilta (Grande Walse) op.1(Arr.Jouni Somero), Improvisation, Kesäillan idylli, Kaski: Metsänneidot, Debussy: Bryeres Melartin: Syysaatteita op.11/3, Tschaikovsky: Autum Song op.37/9 Ljapunov: Storm op.11/6 Saint-Saens: Les Cloches du soir op.85, Madetoja: Iltatähti 21/1, Hannikainen: Ensilumi op.11b/5, Fibich: Poeme Liszt: Consolation nr.3 Des, Sinding: Rustle of Spring op.32/3, Grieg: To the Spring op.43/6, Palmgren: May Night op.27/4, En route, Etude de concert op.9
Pyhäaamun rauha: Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9712 10 €
Caccini (1545- 1618): Ave Maria Bach (1685- 1750)- Busoni (1866- 1924): Ich Ruf zu Dir, Wachet auf,ruft uns die Stimme Bach (1685- 1750)- Somero (1963- ): Kristus valo valkeuden Bach (1685- 1750)- Siloti (1863- 1945):Air Loewe (1796- 1869): Biblische Bilder op.96 Voipio:Pianomuunnelmia (Variations) Ken on luonut sinitaivaan, Mua tartu käteen,Herra, Pyhäaamun rauha Hannikainen (1854- 1924): Koraali op.18/1 Somero (1963- ): Meditaatio "Silmäisi eteen,Jeesus" Tynkkynen: Fantasia "Jeesus armon soi"
J.S.Bach (1685- 1750): Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9733 (2 CD's) 20 €
Erkki Salmenhaara: The Complete Solo Piano Music Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9707 (2 CD's) 20 €
Salmenhaara (1941- 2002): Sonatina, Pianosonata 2 B major, Théme et Variations sur le nom Erik Tawastjerna 10x76, Piano Sonata 3, Kocab,17 Small pieces, Piano Sonata 1 E flat minor, Little Suite, Piano Sonata 4

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