Notes & Reviews:
Three works by Finnish composers Ville Matvejeff and Jukka Linkola, written in 2009 and 2011 are given world premiere performances.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This program hails from Finland in every respect. Ville Matvejeff (b. 1986) is a young Finnish composer and conductor. He has therefore a fine sense of how to make an orchestra sound colorful. Ad Astra is a 13-minute tone poem that evokes elements of the Crucifixion and the feelings of a person "who has suffered all and been set free". It achieves this in a most effective way, beginning in darkness and progressing towards the light, finely portrayed in the orchestral and harmonic handling. The one-movement Cello Concerto is also effective, including heavy metal elements in a beautifully-scored work. Both compositions date from 2009. Lehto plays with a fine technique, and the recording is clear. Jukka Linkola (b. 1955) has written a 42- minute five-movement piano concerto to which an extended tale is attached. It is a tale about a party held by a lord in a castle. We experience it in great detail and from various points of view, and it ends by promoting publicity for the inhabitants of the town and their abilities. This is an important concerto, played and recorded to great effect. That goes for the whole program.