Prestigious Gramophone Award for Lotta Wennäkoski CD
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Prestigious Gramophone Award for Lotta Wennäkoski CD

The CD of music by Lotta Wennäkoski  won the British Gramophone Award for the best release in the contemporary category. The disc by the Finnish RSO, conducted by Nicholas Collon, was released by Ondine and includes three works: Flounce, Sedecim and the harp concerto Sigla. The soloist in the concerto is Sivan Magen. The Avanti!…

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 has commissioned him to write his 18th symphony, to be premiered in Mikkeli on 8 February with Erkki Lasonpalo conducting. The Oulu Symphony Orchestra under Jessica…

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…

Iiro Rantala’s Veneziana scores success
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Iiro Rantala’s Veneziana scores success

“Resolutely inspired, joyful, complex, fleeting, and visionary. Rantala proves once again that he is one of the greatest European artists.” These enthusiastic reviews portrait Iiro Rantala’s new work Veneziana for chamber ensemble and piano, which has already received several performances. It is a musical kaleidoscope about the famous city and composers that are linked to it –…

Roope Mäenpää – a versatile talent to keep in mind
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Roope Mäenpää – a versatile talent to keep in mind

Mäenpää’s Luovus  was recently performed  by the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra. What is special about the work is the yoik part, composed for Niillas Holmberg, a Sámi multi-artist. The Sámi are the only European population group by the status of indigenous people. Roope Mäenpää (born in 1990) is a composer name to keep in mind….