V0492. WAINO SOLA: Songs by Rubinstein, Merikanto, Kauppi, Kotalainen, Kuula, Melartin, Järnefelt. Nisonen, Arne, Tosti, etc.; Arias from Pagliacci & Cavalleria (all in Finnish). (Finland) Fuga 9096, recorded 1909-44, w.lovely brochure in Finnish & English. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 6419369090968
“Wäinö Sola is a Finnish tenor who lived from 1883 to 1961 who was one of the founders of Finnish opera. Sola studied with Ettore Gandolfi in Berlin in 1908 and debuted in a concert in Helsinki on December 9th 1908 with Oskar Merikanto at the piano. Sola continued his studies in Berlin (1909-10), Paris (1910) and Milano (1911). In 1911, Sola founded, together with Merikanto, Eino Rautavaara, and William Hammar, the first regular opera company in Finland. The opening night was on October 2nd 1911 with PAGLIACCI and CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Sola sang both tenor roles. In 1916, Sola spent time in prison for his role in the underground independence movement. The Russian revolution got him out of jail. From 1920, Sola held regular positions with the opera company both as tenor and stage director until his retirement in 1949. Sola appeared in more than 100 operas and operettas. Sola also continued his career as concert singer, promoting the songs of Merikanto, Kuula and Sibelius. Sola appeared in hundreds of recitals and made four tours of the United States. Sola started recording in 1909 with Pathé. In 1919, Sola recorded with the Gramophone Company. He made close to 100 sides with them. During his visits in the US, Sola recorded with Columbia and Victor. In 1944, Sola recorded for the last time with the Rytmi label. Sola recorded an aria of the opera NUMMISUUTARIT by Emil Kauppi. The premiere of that work was a fiasco. Apparently Kauppi disappeared forever as a result. He is thought to have drowned himself.
The Finnish Broadcasting Company published a CD (FUGA 9096) of Sola's recordings from 1909 to 1944. The CD contains 24 items. Three are operatic: Pagliacci (Vesti la giubba), Cavalleria rusticana (Vina il vino) and Esko's monologue from the ill fated Nummisuutarit. The rest are songs by Merikanto, Kauppi, Kotilainen, Kuula, Melartin, Maasalo, Järnefelt, Rubinstein, Nisonen, Arne, Tosti, and Ikonen. The voice is good. Particularly excellent and a discovery for me are the Finnish songs. I liked the ones by Kauppi and Merikanto very much. This CD is recommended. We must thank the Finnish Broadcasting Company to have reissued Sola's recordings.”
- Pekka Gronow