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Jouni Somero piano
AVAILABLE NOW (digital Spotify etc. 4.12.2020)


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
AVAILABLE NOW (digital 4.1.2019)


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:

Chamber music

The 3 violin sonatas. Sihana Badivuku, violin  Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9735 10 €

Sonata No.1 in G major op.78, Sonata No.2 in A major op.100, Sonata No.3 in D minor op.108




Nostalgia: Seppo Laamanen, sello Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9709 10 €
Ahti Sonninen (1914- 1984): Seitsemän Siionin virttä, Laulu onnesta (Anu Hälvä, sopraano), Jean Sibelius (1865- 1957):Valse Triste op.44/1, Romance op.78/2, Rondino op.81/2, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873- 1934): Täällä on hyvä op.21/7, Vokaliisi op.34/14 Ahti Sonninen (1914- 1984) (sov.) Koska valaissee kointähtönen, Toisinto Pohjois-Savosta: Sinuhun turvaan, Jumala


 Sellon laulu: Seppo Laamanen, sello Jouni Somero, piano FCRCD-9715 10 €
Oskar Merikanto (1968- 1924) : Kylän tiellä, Kevätlinnuille etelässä, Kullan murunen Toivo Kuula (1883- 1918): Syystunnelma, Chanson sans paroles op.22/1, Trad.sov. Jouni Somero (1963- ): Aamulla varhain, Yksi ruusu on kasvanut laaksossa, Edward Grieg (1843- 1907): Ich liebe Dich op.5/3, Sergei Rachmaninov (1873- 1934): Älä laula kaunis tyttö op.4/4, Pjotor Tchaikovski (1840- 1893): Ken kaihon tuntee op.6/6, Robert Schumann (1810- 1856): Widmung op.25/1, Franz Schubert (1897- 1828): Ständchen, An die Musik, Ave Maria, Julius Massenet (1842- 1912): Elegia, Antonio Vivaldi (1678- 1741): Sposa, son disprezzata, Gabriel Faure (1845- 1924)- Pau Casals (1876- 1973): Apres un Réve, J.S. Bach (1685- 1750)- M. Gendron: Ich ruf zu Dir Herr Jesu Christ, Jouni Somero (1963- ): Koraaliriutta



Erkki Salmenhaara Piano Chamber Music Jouni Somero, piano Raymond Cox, violin Laura Bucht, cello FCRCD-9727 10 €
Erkki Salmenhaara: Sonata for Violin and piano (1982) Sonata per Cello e Pianoforte (1960-69) Trois Scenes de Nuit pour violin et piano (1970) Sonata No.2 per violoncello e pianoforte (1982)

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