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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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Bach: The French Suites Nos. 1-3; Praeludium; Passacaglia / Mika Vayrynen, accordion
Bach: The French Suites Nos. 1-3; Praeludium; Passacaglia / Mika Vayrynen, accordion

1 CD / Alba / 2013-06-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 24 in B minor (WTC I/24), BWV 869 (BC L103); French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812; French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813; French Suite, for ...
Performers: Vayrynen, Mika

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Uuno Klami: Landscape - Music for solo piano; Works for violin & piano / Esa Ylonen, piano; Sirkku Mantere, violin
Uuno Klami: Landscape - Music for solo piano; Works for violin & piano / Esa Ylonen, piano; Sirkku Mantere, violin

1 CD / Alba / 2013-05-14

Works: Uuno Klami: Rondo for piano in F minor, Op. 1; Sävelmä (Melody) for piano in A major, Op. 3/1; Trauermarsch for piano in C minor, Op. 8; Metsänhaltija (The Forest Spirit), ballad for p...
Performers: Mantere, Sirkku; Ylonen, Esa

This is a world premiere recording of works for piano and violin and piano by Finnish composer Uuno Klami (1900-1961)....continue...
Recording information: Kuusankoski Hall (2012-01-18_2012-01-19&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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Nostalgia: Lyrical Finnish Music for Strings by Kajanus, Sibelius, Merikanto, Raito, Klami, Madetoja /
Nostalgia: Lyrical Finnish Music for Strings by Kajanus, Sibelius, Merikanto, Raito, Klami, Madetoja /

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2013-04-09

Works: Robert Kajanus: Berceuse (The Orphan's Lullaby), for strings; Jean Sibelius: Impromptus (6) for Piano, Op. 5; Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42; Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 4; Armas...
Performers: Tunkkari, Reijo
Conductors: Kangas, Juha
Ensemble: ; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

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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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Winter Apples - Choral music by Sibelius, Kuula, Jarnefelt, Maasalo, Madetoja / Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir
Winter Apples - Choral music by Sibelius, Kuula, Jarnefelt, Maasalo, Madetoja / Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir

1 CD / Alba / 2013-02-12

Conductors: Liimola, Heikki
Ensemble: Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir

Finnish national romantic choral music is performed by the Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, which was founded in 1959 and whose aim is to promote new...continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70/1 & 2; Trio in B Flat, WoO39 / Risto Lauriala, piano; Tero Latvala, violin; Marko Ylonen, cello
Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70/1 & 2; Trio in B Flat, WoO39 / Risto Lauriala, piano; Tero Latvala, violin; Marko Ylonen, cello

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2013-02-12


Three internationally renowned Finnish musicians perform three of Beethoven's most popular piano trios....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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Seppo Pohjola: Symphonies nos 1 & 2 / Finnish Radio SO; Sakari Oramo, conductor
Seppo Pohjola: Symphonies nos 1 & 2 / Finnish Radio SO; Sakari Oramo, conductor

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

Conductors: Oramo, Sakari
Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Finnish Lutheran Hymns / Oulainen Youth Choir; Tapani Tirila, conductor
Finnish Lutheran Hymns / Oulainen Youth Choir; Tapani Tirila, conductor

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

Conductors: Tirila, Tapani
Ensemble: Oulainen Youth Girls Choir

A collection of Lutheran hymns is sung by the Oulainen Youth Choir, a girls' choir that was founded in 1972, and has gone on to...continue...
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Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Anu Vehvilainen, piano
Karol Szymanowski: Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Anu Vehvilainen, piano

1 CD / Alba / 2012-12-11

Works: Karol Szymanowski: Fantasy for piano in C major, Op. 14, M13; Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35; Twenty Mazurkas for Piano, Op. 50; Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 62
Performers: Vehvilainen, Anu [Piano]

Finnish pianist Anu Vehviläinen studied at the Sibelius Academy and in Paris. She is now on the faculty of the Sibelius Academy and specializes in...continue...
Recording information: St. John's Church, Helsinki (06/10/2010/06/17/2010)....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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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 March...
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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Virtuoso Cello - works by Paganini, Brahms, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Monti, Bassini / Seeli Toivio, cello; Kalle Toivio, piano
Virtuoso Cello - works by Paganini, Brahms, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Monti, Bassini / Seeli Toivio, cello; Kalle Toivio, piano

1 CD / Alba / 2012-10-09

Works: Niccolò Paganini: Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & guitar; Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1...
Performers: Toivio, Kalle; Toivio, Seeli

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Recording information: Sibelius Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (07/28/2009-07/29/2009)....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
Conductors:
Ensemble: Scarbantia String Quartet

Recording information: Arabia Studios, Helsinki, Finland (2010)....continue...
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Toivo Kuula: Legends 2 / Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis; Timo Lehtovaara, choirmaster; Esa Ruuttunen, baritone
Toivo Kuula: Legends 2 / Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis; Timo Lehtovaara, choirmaster; Esa Ruuttunen, baritone

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

Works: Toivo Kuula: Meren virsi (The Song of the Sea), for chorus, Op. 11/2; Juhlamarssi, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 5; Keinutan kaikua, for chorus, Op. 11/6; Hautalaulu, for chorus, Op. 11/5; Juhlakantaat...
Performers: Helin, Pasi [Piano]; Hietaharju, Markku; Ruuttunen, Esa
Conductors: Sakari, Petri; Lehtovaara, Timo; Ampuja, Raine
Ensemble: ; Kaartin Vaskiyhtye; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

This disc of historic Finnish choral works includes two of the six cantatas composed by Toivo Kuula, which have remained mostly unknown to the general...continue...
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Aarre Merikanto: Symphonies 1 & 3 / Turku PO; Petri Sakari, conductor
Aarre Merikanto: Symphonies 1 & 3 / Turku PO; Petri Sakari, conductor

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

Works: Aarre Merikanto: Symphony no 1 in B minor, Op. 5; Symphony no 3
Conductors: Sakari, Petri
Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958) was one of the greatest ever Finnish composers. His first symphony was written in 1912, when he was 19 and the third...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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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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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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Jugend - works by Sibelius, Kuula and Lehtola / Art Nouveau, Jan Lehtola, organ
Jugend - works by Sibelius, Kuula and Lehtola / Art Nouveau, Jan Lehtola, organ

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

Works: Jean Sibelius: Intrada, for organ in E major, Op. 111/1; Funeral Music (Sorgmusik), for organ, Op. 111/2; Impromptus, Op. 5; Preludium, for organ in F major; Postludium, for organ; Frans Linnavuori: ...
Performers: Lehtola, Jan
Conductors:
Ensemble: Art Nouveau

This disc was inspired by the period of National Romanticism in Finland known in architecture as Jugend or Art Nouveau. Its golden age coincided in...continue...
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Grand Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Janne Mertanen, piano; Turku PO; Jani Telaranta
Grand Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Janne Mertanen, piano; Turku PO; Jani Telaranta

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

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in F major, Op. 14 "Krakowiak"; Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22; Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in A m...
Performers: Mertanen, Janne
Conductors: Telaranta, Jani
Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Janne Mertanen has become known primarily as a Chopin interpreter and his repertoire does indeed cover almost all the piano music by this composer. He...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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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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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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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...
Recording information: Main Auditorium, Tampere Hall, Finland....continue...
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Antonio Soler: Harpsichord Sonatas
Antonio Soler: Harpsichord Sonatas

1 CD / Alba / 2012-05-08

Works: Antonio Soler: Keyboard Sonata no 61 in C major; Keyboard Sonata no 107 in F major; Keyboard Sonata no 69 in F major; Sonata for Keyboard no 18 in C minor; Keyboard Sonata no 5 in F major; Sonata for...
Performers: Oramo, Anna-Maaria

Harpsichordist Anna-Maaria Oramo has chosen a few of the many and varied keyboard sonatas by Antonio Soler to produce an hour of listening. Together they...continue...
Recording information: St. Catherine's Church, Karjaa (06/15/2009-06/18/2009)....continue...
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Recital Español
Recital Español

1 CD / Alba / 2012-04-10

Works: Joaquín Turina: Fandanguillo; Homenaje a Tárrega for Guitar, Op. 69; Sevillana, fantasia for guitar, Op. 29; Manuel de Falla: Homenaje - M. de Falla; Federico Moreno Torroba: Nocturno for...
Performers: Palmu, Osmo

Finnish guitarist Osmo Palmu has won prizes in several national and international competitions. He studied at the Sibelius Academy and at the Conservatoire Supérieure Nationale...continue...
Recording information: Vihti Church, Äänittäjä (11/2008-05/2009)....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
Conductors:
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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JS Bach: Complete Lute Works / Heiki Matlik
JS Bach: Complete Lute Works / Heiki Matlik

2 CD / Alba / 2012-03-13

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996; Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995; Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998; Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a; Pa...
Performers: Matlik, Heiki

Estonian guitarist Heiki Mätlik studied at the Georg Ots School of Music in Tallinn and in Moscow as well as at the Madrid Conservatory. As...continue...
Recording information: Mikkeli Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (02/1999); Mikkeli Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (04/1999); Mikkeli Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (05/1999); Mikkeli Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (09/1998)....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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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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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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Felix Mendelssohn: Sonatas for Organ nos 1-6 / Jan Lehtola, organ
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonatas for Organ nos 1-6 / Jan Lehtola, organ

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

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
Performers: Lehtola, Jan

This fourth volume of Alba's Historical Organs and Composers Series features the organ in Uusikaupunki Church built in 1865. The town had a Danish colony,...continue...
Recording information: Uusikaupunki Church, Finland (10/08/2009-10/09/2009)....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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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-11-08

Works: Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts; La Livri, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts); La Laborde, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de c...
Performers: Hakkinen, Aapo; Mattson, Petri Tapio; Perkola, Mikko

Three Finnish Baroque music specialists perform Rameau's Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts. Rameau strikes to the very heart of ensemble playing and Western intercourse: the...continue...
Recording information: Imatra Concert Hall, Finland (02/04/2010-02/06/2010)....continue...
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Bella Napoli
Bella Napoli

1 CD / Alba / 2011-10-11

Works: Francesco Mancini: Sonata for recorder & continuo no 4 in A minor; Domenico Scarlatti: No, non fuggire o Nice, chamber cantata for soprano & continuo; Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, K ...
Conductors:
Ensemble: Baccano (Classical)

Baccano is a period-instrument ensemble featuring some of the most prominent Baroque specialist musicians in Finland. This recording alternates between cantatas for soprano and basso...continue...
Recording information: Olari Church, Espoo, Finland (11/2008)....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...
Recording information: YLE Pasila, M1 Studio....continue...
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La Gamba
La Gamba

1 CD / Alba / 2011-09-13

Works: Diego Ortiz: Recercada no 1 (Trattado de glosas); Recercada no 2; Trattado de glosas; Recercada No 8; Recercada No 5; Ruggiero (Quinta pars IX); Recercada no 3 (in Trattato de Glosas); Recercada no 7...
Performers: Suihkonen, Mika
Conductors:
Ensemble: Ballo Della Battalia

Viola da gamba player Mika Suihkonen trained as a cellist. He founded the early music ensemble Battalia with a group of high school friends and...continue...
Recording information: Nya Paviljongen, Kauniainen (11/21/2009-11/24/2009)....continue...
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Dancing Mozart / Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas
Dancing Mozart / Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-08-09

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 17 in G major, K 129; Contredanses (5) for orchestra, K. 609; March for orchestra in D major, K. 445 (K. 320c); Divertimentos (3) for string quartet, K. 136-K. 13...
Performers: Kangas, Timo; Paakkonen, Teija; Pyrhonen, Julius; Tunkkari, Reijo
Conductors: Kangas, Juha
Ensemble: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas offers delightful performances of music by Mozart....continue...
Recording information: Snellman Hall, Kokkola, Finland (05/05/2009-05/08/2009)....continue...
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Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphonies 3 & 8 / Jan Lehtola, organ
Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphonies 3 & 8 / Jan Lehtola, organ

1 Super Audio CD / Alba / 2011-08-09

Works: Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony for organ no 3 in E minor, Op. 13/3; Symphony for organ no 8 in B flat major, Op. 42/4
Performers: Lehtola, Jan

This second cd in the series devoted to historical organs and composers contains two organ symphonies by Charles-Marie Widor. Organist Jan Lehtola teaches at the...continue...
Recording information: St. François-de-Sales, Lyon, France (03/11/2009)....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: Fantasia for Guitar in C minor, 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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