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Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947): Symphonies 1 & 3; Okon Fuoko Suite / Helsinki PO, Storgards

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>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 1 in F major, Op. 29
>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 55
>Madetoja, Leevi : Okon Fuoko, ballet, Op. 58

Album Summary

>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 1 in F major, Op. 29
>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 55
>Madetoja, Leevi : Okon Fuoko, ballet, Op. 58
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • This recording completes Ondine's cycle of all the three Madetoja symphonies. The first, the Symphony No. 2, was released in January 2013.
  • A contemporary of Jean Sibelius, Leevi Madetoja's work reveals a merging of Ostrobothnia folk songs influences, French elegance and an elegiac nature.
  • John Storoerds has been Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Madetoja was regarded to be one of the most important Finnish composers in the generation after Sibelius... Madetoja's symphonies can be described as of a late Romantic temperament, full of interesting rhythmic diversity, colorfully orchestrated, concisely structured and imbued with Scandinavian folk elements. They also tend toward a dark, somber atmosphere.... read more ...

MusicWeb International, 26th March 2014
Clearly Storgsrds is a maestro to watch...Storgsrds' scruff-of-the-neck readings should win new friends for composer and conductor alike.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Ondine, as usual, gives it the best treatment one could ask for: excellent orchestra, conductor, and sound. His operas and songs show his strengths better. I also like his Second Symphony best of the three. What is here is quite pleasant and never offensive.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
Storgsrds conducts atmospherically.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
The Helsinki performances are a touch more energetic and colourful than those of their Icelandic rivals on Chandos.

International Record Review, May 2014
Madetoja's symphonies...are expertly crafted and melodically engaging works, not without moments of unaffected inspiration and genuine originality...What magnificent performances they receive here from Storgards and his top-drawer Finnish orchestra, which sounds world-class in all respects. Its superb playing is dramatically caught in this outstanding recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre (2013-04-19&2013-04-22_2013-).



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Works Details

>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 1 in F major, Op. 29
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (2013-04-19&2013-04-22_2013-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1915-1916

>Madetoja, Leevi : Symphony no 3 in A major, Op. 55
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (2013-04-19&2013-04-22_2013-)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Madetoja, Leevi : Okon Fuoko, ballet, Op. 58
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (2013-04-19&2013-04-22_2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet