"Ave Maria - Joulun Klassikot" ("Ave Maria - Christmas Classics"), the Christmas album from Jarkko Ahola (AHOLA, TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS), has been certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.
Ahola was presented with a gold plague on December 12 on the YLE TV show "Puoli Seitsemän".
Ahola previously stated about his decision to record "Ave Maria - Joulun Klassikot": "The idea was to do a Christmas album that would sound majestic and grand, but yet still delicate and dynamic. It was clear that there would be no sample-based orchestrations, but a real symphony orchestra playing most of the songs. Even though sampled sound and midi programming can do pretty convincing results, the real thing just sounds like a… REAL THING! We also recorded a big-sounding organ at church to make the package even more tangible."
He added, "The album was recorded in several locations, but my parts were done at Neomusic Studio in Helsinki with Janne Huttunen sitting behind the desk. Miikka Huttunen handled the mixing and Svante Försback did the mastering."
"Ave Maria - Joulun Klassikot" track listing:
01. Ave Maria
02. Sylvian Joululaulu
03. En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa
05. Varpunen Jouluaamuna
06. Sydämeeni Joulun Teen
07. Nessun Dorma
09. Jouluyö, Juhlayö
(Thanks: Melica / Night Elves)