Lotta Wennäkoski CDs score success
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Lotta Wennäkoski CDs score success

Two new CDs of Lotta Wennäkoski’s music were released last year, and both have received critical acclaim around the world. The Ondine CD “Sigla” by the Finnish RSO conducted by Nicholas Collon, won the British Gramophone Award for the best release in the contemporary category. It includes three works: Flounce, Sedecim and the harp concerto Sigla….

Kalevi Aho at 75
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Kalevi Aho at 75

Kalevi Aho, one of Finland’s most celebrated contemporary composers, will be 75 on 9 March 2024, and there will be numerous concerts to mark the event. The Saimaa Sinfonietta commissioned him to write his 18th symphony, which was premiered in Mikkeli on 8 February with Erkki Lasonpalo conducting. The Oulu Symphony Orchestra under Jessica Cottis…

Exciting guitar concertos on CD

Exciting guitar concertos on CD

Guitar concertos by three front-line Finnish composers have been released by Alba Records on a disc titled Exquisitely Absurd. Antti Auvinen’s Andalusian Panzerwagen Jazz represents his typical maximalist-anarchist style combining various styles and ideas, while the approach of Lotta Wennäkoski in Susurrus is both humorous and outright lyrical. The orchestration of Riikka Talvitie’s Without Irony…