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Leevi Madetoja: Symphony No. 2; Kullervo; Elegy / Helsinki PO, Storgards

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> Kullervo, Op. 15 - Kullervo, Op. 15
> Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 35 - I. Allegro moderato -
> Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 35 - II. Andante
> Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 35 - III. Allegro non troppo -
> Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 35 - IV. Epilogue: Andantino
> Sinfoninen sarja (Symphonic Suite), Op. 4 - Sinfoninen sarja (Symphonic Suite), Op. 4: I. Elegia (Elegy)

Album Summary

>Madetoja, Leevi : Kullervo, symphonic poem, Op. 15
>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 35
>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphonic Suite, Op. 4
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
Madetoja was a contemporary and student of Sibelius, and while his music shows that composer's influence, it is uniquely his. Central to Madetoja's orchestral output are his three symphonies. While his First Symphony was a critical success, the Second Symphony is the work that established Madetoja's position decisively among leading Finnish composers....Listeners who enjoy Sibelius will want to hear this. ... read more ...

This new release of works by Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947) features his Symphony No. 2, the symphonic poem Kullervo and the Elegy, the first movement from the Symphonic Suite, Op. 4. Ondine will release all three symphonies by Madetoja with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
If you're new to Madetoja this is a good place to start; if you already possess the alternative versions...these are still worth investigating.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Kullervo is Madetoja's only work dealing with the Kalevala. One of our reviewers called it powerful, atmospheric, windswept, and questing. Elegy is a beautiful, heartfelt piece touching on Sibelius's Valse Triste and some moody Tchaikovsky. John Storgards's big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass is firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work's various moods. Good sound and fine notes. Here's hoping Storgards is beginning a Madetoja cycle.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
Perhaps Sibelius's finest contemporary...It's vividly performed.

MusicWeb International, 21st May 2013
These Madetoja scores are conducted with sharp insight and unfaltering authority. Under Storgårds' baton the impeccably prepared Helsinki Philharmonic exhibit their commitment to the music. The playing glows with expressive force and a palpable sense of concentration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre (05/29/2012-05/30/2012).



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Works Details

>Madetoja, Leevi : Kullervo, symphonic poem, Op. 15
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (05/29/2012-05/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 35
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (05/29/2012-05/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1918

>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphonic Suite, Op. 4 :: 1. Elegy
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (05/29/2012-05/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910