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Carl Nielsen; Paavo Heininen: Flute Concertos / Mikael Helasvuo, flute
Carl Nielsen; Paavo Heininen: Flute Concertos / Mikael Helasvuo, flute

1 CD / Alba / 2013-09-10

Works: Paavo Heininen: Autrefois, concerto for flute & orchestra; Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Flute, FS 119
Performers: Helasvuo, Mikael
Conductors: Bogányi, Tibor
Ensemble: ; Saimaa Sinfonietta

The flute concerto by Paavo Heininen subtitled Autrefois, is a world premiere recording. Flutist Mikael Helasvuo was principal flute in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra....continue...
Recording information: Imatra Concert Hall, Finland (08/16/2011-08/18/2011)....continue...
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Tiento français: 20th Century French and Spanish Guitar Music by Ibert, Auric, Milhaud, Poulenc, Ohana, Migot, Roussel et al. / Otto Tolonen, guitar
Tiento français: 20th Century French and Spanish Guitar Music by Ibert, Auric, Milhaud, Poulenc, Ohana, Migot, Roussel et al. / Otto Tolonen, guitar

1 CD / Alba / 2013-08-13

Works: Jacques Ibert: Française, for solo guitar; Ariette, for guitar (from "Le médecin de son honneur"); Gustave Samazeuilh: Serenades for guitar; Georges Auric: Hommage à Alonso Mudarra; Ge...
Performers: Tolonen, Otto

Finnish guitarist Otto Tolonen performs 20th century French and Spanish guitar music. Tolonen studied at the Sibelius Academy. He has been awarded 20 prizes at...continue...
Recording information: Vihti Church (2012-06-18_2012-06-19&2012-)....continue...
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Magic Fire and other Wagner Transcriptions / Risto-Matti Marin, piano
Magic Fire and other Wagner Transcriptions / Risto-Matti Marin, piano

1 CD / Alba / 2013-08-13

Works: Jukka Nykänen: Paraphrase on themes from Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, for piano; Franz Liszt: Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Holländer, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A...
Performers: Marin, Risto-Matti

Finnish pianist Risto-Matti Marin performs virtuoso arrangements of music by Wagner. A recent graduate of the Sibelius Academy, Marin was awarded first prize in the...continue...
Recording information: Savonlinna Hall (01/07/2009-01/09/2009)....continue...
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Folksongs by Toivo Kuula (1883-1918)On The Fields of Tapiola / Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Folksongs by Toivo Kuula (1883-1918)On The Fields of Tapiola / Jorma Hynninen, baritone

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2013-07-09

Works: Toivo Kuula: South Ostrobothnian Folk Songs, for voice & piano no 2, Op. 17b; Prelude and Intermezzo, for organ, Op. 16; Meren virsi (The Song of the Sea), for chorus, Op. 11/2; Häämarssi, ...
Performers: Hynninen, Jorma
Conductors: Kangas, Juha
Ensemble: ; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

However Finnish the focus of this recording may seem all the works have one non-Finnish thing in common: Paris. The homesick Toivo Kuula made his...continue...
Recording information: Kaustinen Church, Finland (02/20/2012-02/23/2012)....continue...
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The Piano Wizard - Folksong arrangements / Jukka Nykanen, piano
The Piano Wizard - Folksong arrangements / Jukka Nykanen, piano

1 CD / Alba / 2013-06-11

Works: Viljo Vesterinen: Sakkijarven Polkka; Taneli Kuusisto: Suomalainen rukous (Finnish Prayer) ("Siunaa ja varjele meitä"), Op. 27/2; Pekka Juhani Hannikainen: Karjalaisten laulu; Jukka Nykänen...
Performers: Nykanen, Jukka

Recording information: Akustiikka, Ylivieska (06/04/2012-06/06/2012)....continue...
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Paavo Korpijaakko: Nebula, works for guitar
Paavo Korpijaakko: Nebula, works for guitar

1 CD / Alba / 2013-05-14

Works: Paavo Korpijaakko: Nebula, for guitar & orchestra; The Spaceship of Dreams, for mezzo-soprano & guitar; Kimberley, for guitar
Performers: Kumela, Petri; Penttinen, Tiina
Conductors: Kangas, Juha

Finnish composer Paavo Korpijaakko studied at the Tampere Conservatory. His music has been performed at a number of Finnish festivals and by many of the...continue...
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Adagio - Works for String Orchestra by Rautavaara, Spinei, Carter, Madetoja, Turina, Puccini et al. / Serebrier
Adagio - Works for String Orchestra by Rautavaara, Spinei, Carter, Madetoja, Turina, Puccini et al. / Serebrier

1 CD / Alba / 2013-03-12

Works: Einojuhani Rautavaara: Divertimento for string orchestra; Cristina Spinei: Synched, for string orchestra; Elliott Carter: Elegy, for string quartet; Marc Satterwhite: Ossuary Cross, for strings; Clar...
Conductors: Serebrier, José
Ensemble: St. Michel Strings

José Serebrier, one of today's most frequently recorded conductors, established himself as a significant composer as well as far back as the 1950s. He conducts...continue...
Recording information: Mikaeli Hall, Mikkeli (2011-05-25_2011-05-27&2011-)....continue...
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Fiddler's Spring - Music of Gustav Holst
Fiddler's Spring - Music of Gustav Holst

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2013-03-12

Works: Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118; Einojuhani Rautavaara: Pelimannit (Fiddlers), for accordion, Op. 1 (arranged by Matti Rantanen); Lars-Erik Larsson: Folkvisenatt (Folk-s...
Conductors: Kangas, Juha

The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra performs a collection of music for strings that are joined together through the influence of folk music....continue...
Recording information: The Snellman Hall, Kokkola (05/03/2010-05/06/2010)....continue...
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Valossa: From Darkness to Light - Poulenc, Mahler
Valossa: From Darkness to Light - Poulenc, Mahler

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2013-01-08

Works: Juhani Komulainen: Vinternatten, for chorus; Francis Poulenc: Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126; Gustav Mahler: Die zwei blauen Augen, song for low voice & piano (or ...
Performers: Kuridda, Olga [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Juris, Dani

Formed in 2007, the Kaamos Chamber Choir has performed in numerous concerts and competitions both in Finland and abroad. In 2011 the choir was awarded...continue...
Recording information: Meilahti Church (2011-09-30_2011-10-02&2011-)....continue...
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I Will - Tahdon: Finnish Wedding Music by Merikanto, Kuula, Melartin, Linjama, Kokkonen, Almila / Jan Lehtola, organ
I Will - Tahdon: Finnish Wedding Music by Merikanto, Kuula, Melartin, Linjama, Kokkonen, Almila / Jan Lehtola, organ

2 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-11-13

Works: Oskar Merikanto: Häähymni (Wedding Hymn) for organ; Toivo Kuula: Wedding March, for piano; Erkki Melartin: Festive March; S. Snåre: Häämarssi Kruunupyystä (Wedding Marc...
Performers: Lehtola, Jan

Organist Jan Lehtola has gathered together most of the Finnish organ music composed for weddings in a church. He performs on an organ built in...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Church, Helsinki, Finland (2008-09-01_2008-09-02&2009-)....continue...
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Sing a New Song - Finnish sacred music by Madetoja, Distler, Nystedt, Rautavaara, Mononen, Tuppurainen, Kosola et al.
Sing a New Song - Finnish sacred music by Madetoja, Distler, Nystedt, Rautavaara, Mononen, Tuppurainen, Kosola et al.

1 CD / Alba / 2012-11-13

Works: Leevi Madetoja: Ei mitään multa puutu, for chorus, Op. 30b/2; Karitsan lippu, cantata for chorus & organ, Op. 73; Anna Kosola: Valvomisen sunnuntain psalmi, for chorus; Arto Turpela: Herra,...
Performers: Heikkila, Hannu; Keskisipila, Outi [Organ]; Kosola, Anna; Salonen, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Vahasoyrinki, Joose [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Liimola, Heikki
Ensemble: ; Kuopio Academic Chamber Choir

Finnish choral church music is performed by the Kuopio Academic Chamber Choir. The music is loosely arranged in the order of the Lutheran Mass to...continue...
Recording information: Leppävirta Church (09/22/2008-09/26/2008)....continue...
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Notkeatonline - Music for orchestra by Jouni Kaipainen, Paavo Korpijaakko and Usko Merilainen
Notkeatonline - Music for orchestra by Jouni Kaipainen, Paavo Korpijaakko and Usko Merilainen

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-10-09

Works: Jouni Kaipainen: Notkea Keaton (The Ghost of Buster), for orchestra, Op. 86a; Paavo Korpijaakko: Amuse-bouche, for orchestra; Usko Meriläinen: Aikaviiva (Timeline), for orchestra
Conductors: Lintu, Hannu
Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

Three world premiere recordings of orchestral works by Finnish composers are offered on this hybrid SACD recording. Anecdotes is written in a concerto style for...continue...
Recording information: Tampere Hall, Main Auditorium (2009-08-24_2009-08-25&2010-)....continue...
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László Süle: Silver Solitude / Pentti Lahti, woodwinds; László Süle, piano; Hannu Rantanen, bass
László Süle: Silver Solitude / Pentti Lahti, woodwinds; László Süle, piano; Hannu Rantanen, bass

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-10-09

Works: László Süle: Dripstone Music, for flute, string quartet, piano & double bass; Moon's Silver Solitude, for saxophone, string quartet, piano & double bass; Pikaia, for saxophone, string ...
Performers: Lahti, Pentti; Sule, Laszlo
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Ensemble: Scarbantia String Quartet

Recording information: Arabia Studios, Helsinki, Finland (2010)....continue...
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Seppo Pohjola: String Quartets nos 1-4  / The Kamus Quartet
Seppo Pohjola: String Quartets nos 1-4 / The Kamus Quartet

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-09-11

Works: Seppo Pohjola: Quartet for Strings no 1; Quartet for Strings no 2; Quartet for Strings no 3; Quartet for Strings no 4
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Ensemble: Kamus Quartet

Seppo Pohjola studied composition in Finland with Olli Koskelin, Paavo Heininen and Erkki Jokinen. His first string quartet brought him to the attention of the...continue...
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Contrasts - Works for Organ by Buxtehude, Sallinen, Hameenniemi, Bach, Kaipainen et al. / Kari Vuola, organ
Contrasts - Works for Organ by Buxtehude, Sallinen, Hameenniemi, Bach, Kaipainen et al. / Kari Vuola, organ

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-09-11

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E major, BuxWV 141; Prelude and Fugue for Organ in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146; Aulis Sallinen: Chaconne for organ; Eero Hameenniemi: Passacaglia, for ...
Performers: Vuola, Kari

Kari Vuola studied church music and organ at the Sibelius Academy as well as at the Danish Royal Academy of Music. He has given concerts...continue...
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O Gladsome Light - works by Valkeus, Leppanen, Matvejeff / The Krysostomos Chamber Choir; Mikko Sidoroff
O Gladsome Light - works by Valkeus, Leppanen, Matvejeff / The Krysostomos Chamber Choir; Mikko Sidoroff

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-08-14

Works: Virpi Leppänen: Kiittäkää Herran nimeä (Praise ye the name of the Lord), for chorus; Ehtoohymni (O Gladsome Light), for chorus; Armahda meitä, Herra (Have mercy on us Lo...
Conductors: Sidoroff, Mikko
Ensemble: Krysostomos Chamber Choir

The Krysostomos Chamber Choir has established itself as one of Finland's foremost Orthodox choirs. This disc offers the magnificent church music of Virpi Leppanen and...continue...
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Artic Scenes - Works for chorus by Kurki, Narhinsalo, Kankainen, Karjalainenn et al. / Seitakuoro Chamber Choir
Artic Scenes - Works for chorus by Kurki, Narhinsalo, Kankainen, Karjalainenn et al. / Seitakuoro Chamber Choir

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-07-10

Works: Timo Kurki: Kulnasadz vaatimeni (Kulnasadz, My Reindeer), for chorus; Tuulikki Närhinsalo: Lapin tytön laulu (Lappish Girl's Song), for chorus; Jukka Kankainen: Lauluja Lapista (Songs of La...
Performers: Haapala, Heli; Joamets, Kadri; Kajasviita, Olli-Pekka; Silander, Mikko
Conductors: Joamets, Kadri
Ensemble: Seitakuoro Chamber Choir

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Seitakuoro Chamber Choir has recorded the best of the works of composers from Lapland, compositions made in Lapland and...continue...
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Henze: Being Beauteous; Britten Les Illuminations; Castiglioni: Terzina; Szymanowski / Anu Komsi, soprano
Henze: Being Beauteous; Britten Les Illuminations; Castiglioni: Terzina; Szymanowski / Anu Komsi, soprano

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-06-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; Hans Werner Henze: Being Beauteous; Arnold Schoenberg: Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20; Niccolò Castiglioni: Terzina, ...
Performers: Komsi, Anu [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Kangas, Juha; Oramo, Sakari
Ensemble: ; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Finnish soprano Anu Komsi is equally at home on both opera and concert stages where she has appeared regularly all over Europe and the United...continue...
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Matthew Whittall: Leaves of Grass / Risto-Matti Marin, piano
Matthew Whittall: Leaves of Grass / Risto-Matti Marin, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-06-12

Works: Matthew Whittall: Leaves of Grass, preludes (12) for piano after Walt Whitman
Performers: Marin, Risto-Matti

Canadian-born composer Matthew Whittall has composed for a wide variety of media, including orchestra, voice, chorus, chamber and solo instrumental works as well as forays...continue...
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Veli-Matti Puulala: Chaingsprings; Seeds of Time
Veli-Matti Puulala: Chaingsprings; Seeds of Time

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-05-08

Works: Veli-Matti Puumala: Chainsprings, for orchestra; Seeds of Time, for piano & orchestra
Performers: Pontinen, Roland
Conductors: Lintu, Hannu

The works for large ensemble by Veli-Matti Puumala (b. 1965) afford perspectives on Finnish orchestral and concerto literature. The two works on this recording are...continue...
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Levitation
Levitation

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-04-10

Works: Peter Eötvös: Levitation, for 2 clarinets & orchestra; Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57; Aulis Sallinen: Concerto for clarinet, viola & chamber orchestra, Op. 91
Performers: Aalto, Tommi; Kojo, Kullervo; Niinimaki, Jani; Sundqvist, Christoffer
Conductors: Lintu, Hannu; Kamu, , Okko

Christoffer Sundqvist studied at the Sibelius Academy, graduating in 2002, the same year he shared first prize in the Crusell Clarinet Competition. He is principal...continue...
Recording information: Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki....continue...
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Mother of Life - Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady / Tampere Orthodox Choir
Mother of Life - Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady / Tampere Orthodox Choir

1 CD / Alba / 2012-03-13

Works: Timo Ruottinen: Troparion; Praise the Lord, O my soul (Psalm 104), for chorus; The Evening Hymn; Let every mortal born on earth (9th irmos), for chorus; He who lives in the shelter of the most High (...
Performers: Arvola, Rauno; Halme, Tiina; Lintu, Risto
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Ensemble: Tampere Orthodox Choir

The Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady is celebrated on August 15. Most of the hymns on this recording are traditional, but...continue...
Recording information: Tampere Orthodox Church (10/29/1994-12/29/1994)....continue...
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Peteris Vasks Organ Works: Te Deum; Viatore; Musica seria; Cantus ad pacem / Tuomas Pyrhonen, organ
Peteris Vasks Organ Works: Te Deum; Viatore; Musica seria; Cantus ad pacem / Tuomas Pyrhonen, organ

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-02-14

Works: Peteris Vasks: Te Deum; Viatore; Canto di forza; Musica seria; Cantus ad pacem
Performers: Pyrhonen, Tuomas

Peteris Vasks feels that it is his duty as a Latvian composer to write music for the magnificent Walcker organ at Riga Cathedral, which dates...continue...
Recording information: Riga Cathedral, Latvia (04/30/2010-05/02/2010)....continue...
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Aho: In Memoriam Pehr Henrik Nordgren; Nordgren: Saxophone Concerto; Part: Fratres; Masson: Quatain
Aho: In Memoriam Pehr Henrik Nordgren; Nordgren: Saxophone Concerto; Part: Fratres; Masson: Quatain

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2012-02-14

Works: Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Concerto for 4 saxophones & string orchestra (with gong), Op. 108; Arvo Pärt: Fratres, for chamber ensemble; Askell Masson: Quatrain, concerto for 4 saxophones, tubular bel...
Performers: Storgårds, John [Conductor, Violin]
Conductors: Storgårds, John
Ensemble: ; Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

This tribute to the Finnish composer Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944-2008) includes one of his best concertos coupled with works by other composers whose lives were...continue...
Recording information: Rovaniemi Church (08/11/2010-08/13/2010)....continue...
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A Journey into Christmas
A Journey into Christmas

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-12-13

Works: Armas Maasalo: Tulemme Jeesus pienoises, for chorus; Anonymous, Piæ Cantiones: O scholares, voce pares; Psallat scholarum, for chorus; Pekka Juhani Hannikainen: Joulun kellot, for chorus; Pekka ...
Performers: Hirvola, Iida; Karjalainen, Iina; Manner, Maritta; Manner, Marjukka; Moilanen, Olli; Niutanen, Ville-Pekka; Sandas, Sana; Toivanen, Pekka

Originally founded in 1968, Aurea is currently a choir of 35-45 singers aged 11-17 from the special music classes of the City of Jyaskyla, Finland....continue...
Recording information: Keltinmäki Church, Jyväskylä (2010-04-09_2010-04-11&2010-)....continue...
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Valjetessa: Chrsitmastide is Coming / Jan Lehtola, organ
Valjetessa: Chrsitmastide is Coming / Jan Lehtola, organ

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-12-13

Works: Heikki Liimola: Introitus, for chorus; Jeesuslapsen joululahjat, for chorus; Joululaulu, for chorus; Tuikkeessa joulukynttiläin, for chorus; Valjetessa, for chorus; Sydämeni joulu, for chor...
Performers: Lehtola, Jan
Conductors: Liimola, Heikki

The Harju Chamber Choir was founded in 1996 and conducted from the beginning by Heikki Liimola, one of Finland's leading choral conductors. Although the Choir...continue...
Recording information: Aitolahti Old Church, Tampere (01/23/2009-01/24/2009); Tampere Cathedral, Finland (01/23/2009-01/24/2009); Aitolahti Old Church, Tampere (2009-01-16_2009-01-18&2009-); Tampere C...continue...
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Eero Hameenniemi: Red Earth and Rain
Eero Hameenniemi: Red Earth and Rain

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-09-13

Works: Eero Hameenniemi: Sade ja punainen maa (Red Earth and Pouring Rain), for voice, clarinet, violin & chamber orchestra; Lintu ja tuuli (The Bird and the Wind), for voice, violin, cello & chamber orches...
Performers: Jayashri, Bombay S.; Jukka Rantamaki; Laura Leisma; Pensola, Minna; Punelpuro, Larimatti; Subramaniam, Pungkulam
Conductors: Storgårds, John
Ensemble: Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

Composer Eero Hämeenniemi (b.1951) has written a large number of works in different musical genres and has collaborated widely with many leading Indian musicians. He...continue...
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Change Is Gonna Come
Change Is Gonna Come

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-07-12

Works: Joachim Bernhard Hagen: Variations on a Theme of Locatelli in G; Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 1004; Fernando Sor: Fantasie for guitar, No 1 in C, Op. 7; Nicholas Maw: Music of Memory, for solo guitar; ...
Performers: Kumela, Petri

Petri Kumela, one of Finland's most versatile and sought-after classical guitarists, is equally at home with period instruments as in working with contemporary composers. He...continue...
Recording information: St Peter Church, Evercreek, Somerset, England (03/24/2010)....continue...
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Spells - Loitsut: Choral Music by Tapio Tuomela
Spells - Loitsut: Choral Music by Tapio Tuomela

1 CD / Alba / 2011-06-14

Works: Tapio Tuomela: Lullabies and Spells, for chorus; Antti Puuhaara, for chorus; Papiermusik, for chorus; Rondo, for chorus; Vocalise in Finnisch, for chorus; Spell Against Pain, for chorus
Performers: Nikula, Heikki; Rautio, Saara; Tuomela, Tapio; Tuppurainen, Kaisa
Conductors: Söderström, Eric-Olof; Schweckendiek, Nils; Norjanen, Hannu

This disc of the Helsinki Chamber Choir features most of Tapio Tuomela's choral output to date. Almost all of the works are based on texts...continue...
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The Art of Transcription II
The Art of Transcription II

1 CD / Alba / 2011-05-10

Works: Vladimir Horowitz: Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription); Alexander Siloti: Air, transcription in D major for piano (after Bach, BWV 1068); Sergey Rachmaninov: Vocalise; Sebastian Fage...
Performers: Marin, Risto-Matti

Singing and orchestral illusions have, thanks to the piano's polyphonic and expressive potential, appealed to pianists and keyboard composers from time immemorial. The works on...continue...
Recording information: St. John's Church, Helsinki, Finland (08/14/2008-08/15/2008); St. John's Church, Helsinki, Finland (08/18/2008)....continue...
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Speira
Speira

1 CD / Alba / 2011-05-10

Works: Vincent Bouchot: Sonatina Palimpsestica, for guitar & accordion; Sid Hille: Promenades, for guitar & accordion; Iiris Kosonen: Mariatyyri, for guitar & accordion; Pekka Jalkanen: Speira, for guitar &...
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Ensemble: Duo Dryades

Kristina Kuusisto and Mari Mäntylä both hold Master's degrees in performance from the Sibelius Academy. They formed the Duo Dryades in 2002. They have commissioned...continue...
Recording information: Hauho Church, Hämeenlinna, Finland (05/30/2009-06/01/2009)....continue...
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Tiensuu
Tiensuu

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-03-08

Works: Jukka Tiensuu: Tango Lunaire, for oboe/flute, clarinet, violin, cello & keyboard; Oddjob, for viola & electronics; Plus IV, for clarinet, accordion & cello; Prélude Non-Mesuré, for pian...
Performers: Helasvuo, Mikael; Jan Söderblom; Lahesmaa, Erkki; Luoma, Mikko; Sundqvist, Christoffer; Tiensuu, Jukka
Conductors:
Ensemble: Plus Ensemble

The Plus Ensemble, formed in 2002, focuses primarily on commissioning and premiering new works and on highlighting contemporary repertoire not yet widely familiar in Finland....continue...
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Pehr Henrik Nordgren: The Last Quartets
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: The Last Quartets

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-01-11

Works: Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Quartet for Strings no 10, Op. 142; Quartet for Strings no 11, Op. 144

The Tempera Quartet performs the last two string quartets written by Pehr Nordgren who died in 2008. Both quartets were dedicated to this Finnish string...continue...
Recording information: Sello Hall, Espoo (06/08/2009-06/11/2009)....continue...
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Semplice: Finnish-Belgian Chamber Jazz
Semplice: Finnish-Belgian Chamber Jazz

1 CD / Alba / 2010-12-14

Works: Robin Verheyen: Duo Improvisation no 1, for saxophone & piano; Narcis, for saxophone & piano; Duo Improvisation no 2, for saxophone & piano; Parts, for saxophone & piano; Duo Improvisation no 3, for ...
Performers: Rissanen, Aki; Verheyen, Robin

Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen and Belgium saxophonist Robin Verheyen are both acclaimed jazz artists. Rissanen received a prize from the Montreux Jazz Festival and Verheyen...continue...
Recording information: Sibelius Academy Chamber Music Hall, Helsinki, Finland (09/29/2007)....continue...
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The Russian Trumpet
The Russian Trumpet

1 CD / Alba / 2010-07-13

Works: Sergei Bolotin: Romantic Etude, for trumpet & piano; Taras Bulba; Elegy, for trumpet & piano; Dmitry Shostakovich: The Lady and the Hooligan; Gadfly; Dances of the Dolls; Ballet Suite no 3; Waltzes (...
Performers: Hänninen, Kari; Harjanne, Jouko

Juoko Harjanne is a brass soloist of international renown and acclaim. As principal trumpet in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he also teaches at the...continue...
Recording information: YLE M2, Finland (12/2007-01/2008)....continue...
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Pehr Nordgren: Lamentations
Pehr Nordgren: Lamentations

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2010-06-08

Works: Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Symphony for Strings, Op. 43; Concerto for strings, Op. 54; Koko maailma valittanee, Op. 26b (The Whole World Will Lament); Concerto for oboe & strings, Op. 116
Performers: Haapaniemi, Anni
Conductors: Kangas, Juha

Recording information: Snellman Hall, Kokkola, Finland....continue...
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Avenue: Finnish Saxophone Masterpieces
Avenue: Finnish Saxophone Masterpieces

1 CD / Alba / 2010-05-11

Works: Perttu Haapanen: Aria, for alto saxophone; Jarmo Sermilä: Contemplation 2, for alto saxophone; Kalevi Aho: Quartet for flute, saxophone, guitar & percussion; Sampo Haapamäki: Avenue, for al...
Performers: Marin, Risto-Matti; Tuomisalo, Olli-Pekka [Saxophone]
Conductors:
Ensemble: Academic Saxophone Quartet; Linea; Osuma Ensemble

Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo is completing work on his doctorate in saxophone at the Sibelius Academy. He is recording a series called "Complete Finnish Saxophone Music," which...continue...
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The Great Trumpet Sonatas
The Great Trumpet Sonatas

1 CD / Alba / 2010-04-13

Works: Paul Hindemith: Sonata for trumpet & piano; Eric Ewazen: Sonata for trumpet & piano; James M. Stephenson III: Sonata for Trumpet; Karl Pilss: Sonate for trumpet & piano
Performers: Hanninen, Kari; Harjanne, Jouko

Jouko Harjanne is a brass soloist of international renown and acclaim; he ranks among the world's trumpet elite, having been quickly launched on a solo...continue...
Recording information: YLE M2, Finland....continue...
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Naji Hakin: Imaginative Music for Organ & Orchestra
Naji Hakin: Imaginative Music for Organ & Orchestra

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2010-04-13

Works: Naji Hakim: Påskeblomst, for string orchestra; Organ Concerto no 1; Esquisses Grégoriennes, for organ; Organ Concerto no 3
Performers: Lehtola, Jan
Conductors: Komulainen, Petri

Born in Beirut in 1955, Naji Hakim studied at the Paris Conservatoire and also trained as an engineer. He was successor to Messiaen as organist...continue...
Recording information: Juva Church (10/29/2008-11/02/2008)....continue...
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Pehr Nordgren: Transient Moods
Pehr Nordgren: Transient Moods

1 CD / Alba / 2010-03-09

Works: Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Symphony no 7, Op. 124; Kesämusiikkia (Summer Music), for orchestra, Op. 34; Symphony no 8, Op. 140
Conductors: Kangas, Juha

Pehr Nordgren composed 22 works for the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas and during Nordgren's lifetime Kangas conducted no fewer than 38 of...continue...
Recording information: Turku Concert Hall....continue...
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Veljo Tormis: Vision of Kalevala
Veljo Tormis: Vision of Kalevala

1 CD / Alba / 2010-02-09

Works: Veljo Tormis: Kalevalan 17. runo (The 17th Rune of the Kalevala) for male choir, soloists & folk instruments; Kullervo's Message; Forging the Sampo, for men's chorus; Invocation of Iron; Laullajan lo...
Performers: Alamaa, Andres; Eeljoe, Per [Percussion]; Hint, Hanno [Percussion]; Kann, Tuule; Karras, Pille; Kaustel, Lehari [Percussion]; Kirss, Andrus [Vocals]; Krigul, Vambola; Kullerkupp, Martin [Percussion];...
Conductors: Soots, Ants

This recording continues the series on Alba of the music of Estonian composer Veljo Tormis- this one contains Tormis' musical vision of the Finnish national...continue...
Recording information: Estonia Concert Hall (01/2007/06/2007)....continue...
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Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Taivaanvalot - The Lights of Heaven
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Taivaanvalot - The Lights of Heaven

1 CD / Alba / 2010-01-12

Works: Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Taivaanvalot (The Lights of Heaven), for choir, children's choir & orchestra
Conductors: Kangas, Juha

The Lights of Heaven, written in 1984-85 is one of the most distinctive works in Finnish music. A take on the age-old myth of how...continue...
Recording information: Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Center, Kaustinen, Finland (12/04/1999-12/05/1999)....continue...
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Gamba Nova / Louolajan-Mikkola, Aminoff, Haavisto, Häkkinen, et al
Gamba Nova / Louolajan-Mikkola, Aminoff, Haavisto, Häkkinen, et al

1 CD / Alba / 2009-09-08

Works: Lotta Wennakoski: Procris, song cycle for voice & viola da gamba; Hari Vuori: From Day to Dream; Eero Hameenniemi: Valkalam, for 2 viola da gamba & harpsichord; Fantazia for viola da gamba & harpsich...
Performers: Hakkinen, Aapo; Heikki Kulo; Komsi, Piia; Luolajan-Mikkola, Markku; Petra Aminoff; Tiensuu, Jukka; Varpu Haavisto

This is a collection of works by contemporary Finnish composers for viola da gamba and various ensembles. Called contemporary music for baroque instruments and voices,...continue...
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Dedications - Nordgren, Vasks, Eliasson / Juha Kangas, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Dedications - Nordgren, Vasks, Eliasson / Juha Kangas, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2009-08-11

Works: Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Solemnity-Euphony, Op. 118; Peteris Vasks: Musica appasionata; Anders Eliasson: Sinfonia for Strings
Conductors: Kangas, Juha
Ensemble: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Juha Kangas, the conductor of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, has shown his commitment to contemporary music. He has remained faithful to several composers for the...continue...
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Kostiainen conducts Kostiainen: Mater nostra / Musica Choir
Kostiainen conducts Kostiainen: Mater nostra / Musica Choir

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2009-07-14

Works: Pekka Kostiainen: Mater nostra
Conductors: Kostiainen, Pekka
Ensemble: Musica Choir

Best known as a composer of choral music, Pekka Kostiainen has also had a distinguished conducting career both with The Musica Choir and with Vox...continue...
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Piano Tales - Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Miettinen, Liszt, Chopin / Risto-Matti Marin
Piano Tales - Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Miettinen, Liszt, Chopin / Risto-Matti Marin

1 CD / Alba / 2009-07-14

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"; Juho Miettinen: Shadow over Innsmouth; Franz Liszt:...
Performers: Marin, Risto-Matti

Risto-Matti Marin was the first-prize winner of the Kuopio Piano Competition in 1996 and the Hemi Vesa Competition in 1999. He has performed as a...continue...
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Lehdellä among the leaves - Parviainen, Whittall, Miettinen, Freeman / Kallio, HOL Chor
Lehdellä among the leaves - Parviainen, Whittall, Miettinen, Freeman / Kallio, HOL Chor

1 CD / Alba / 2009-07-14

Works: Jarmo Parviainen: Ilta; Matthew Whittall: As one listens to the rain; Shiki; Juho Miettinen: Maalari; Dolce far niente; Alex Freeman: Neljä lauua aaro hellaakosen runoihin
Conductors: Kallio, Esko
Ensemble: Hämäläis-Osakunnan Laulajat

On a textual as well as a musical level, the choral works presented here explore and at times even embody the sense of awe -...continue...
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Tiensuu: Nemo, Puro, Spiriti / Mälkki, Avanti, et al
Tiensuu: Nemo, Puro, Spiriti / Mälkki, Avanti, et al

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2009-05-12

Works: Jukka Tiensuu: Nemo; Concerto for Clarinet "Puro"; Spiriti
Performers: Kriikku, Kari; Luoma, Mikko
Conductors: Mälkki, Susanna
Ensemble: Avanti Chamber Orchestra

As a composer Jukka Tiensuu has long been leaping from peak to peak in a trail of enchantingly radiant, masterly-crafted works. When he first began...continue...
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Pohjola: The Closet, My Dearest / Rousi, Parviainen, Kuivalainen, Pussila, et al
Pohjola: The Closet, My Dearest / Rousi, Parviainen, Kuivalainen, Pussila, et al

1 CD / Alba / 2009-04-14

Works: Seppo Pohjola: The Closet; My Dearest
Performers: Haahti, Pekka; Kuivalainen, Pekka; Parviainen, Sirkka; Pussila, Petri; Räisänen, Eija
Conductors: Rousi, Tuomas

Seppo Pohjola studied composition at the Espoo Music Institute and at the Sibelius Academy. Among the 40 works in his catalog are two symphonies and...continue...
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Kyllönen: Symphony no 1 Op 8, Concerto for Accordion no 1 Op 60, etc / Chernushenko, et al
Kyllönen: Symphony no 1 Op 8, Concerto for Accordion no 1 Op 60, etc / Chernushenko, et al

1 CD / Alba / 2009-02-10

Works: Timo-Juhani Kyllönen: Symphony no 1, Op. 8; Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra no 1, Op. 60; Lichtenthal, Op. 43; Concerto Grosso for Orchestra, Op. 65
Performers: Rantanen, Matti
Conductors: Tchernushenko, Alexander
Ensemble: St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Orchestra

Timo-Juhani Kyllonen left Finland to study in Moscow in 1976. He returned to Finland in 1986, where the Helsinki Festival organized a composer of the...continue...
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