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    Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) was only 18 years old in 1967 when he completed his String quartet No. 1 in G minor. Nonetheless it was already the second one of its kind: the earlier string quartet in A minor got christened String Quartet No. 0 and banned from performing. The G minor quartet was heard the first time only 50 years after it was born in June 2019.
    55011-574-3, € 14,90 Buy now

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    Jyrki Linjama’s (b. 1962) poetic music finds its counterpart in the poems of a Finnish modernist Eeva-Liisa Manner (1921–1995). The 23-minute song cycle ”himmeä, kirkas, himmeä…” was commissioned and premiered by baritone Aarne Pelkonen and pianist Juho Alakärppä.
    55011-578-1, € 29,50 Buy now

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    Alex Freeman’s (b. 1972) Cathedral of Spring (2019) was commissioned by Somnium Ensemble. The piece is in four movements and is set to poems by e.e. cummings and Robert Frost.
    55011-567-5, € 14,90 Buy now

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    Akvarelli (Watercolour, 1994) for mixed choir by Olli Kortekangas is composed to a poem by Matsuo Bashō, the greatest master of haiku in the 17th century. The text is translated in Finnish by Kai Nieminen.
    55011-579-8, € 3,90 Buy now

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    These beautiful variations on the hymn "Eja mitt hjärta" (Swedish variation of a German folk song from 1589) were composed in 1976 and dedicated to Finnish composer and conductor Jack Mattsson. 
    55011-576-7, € 10,00 Buy now

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    based on the Swedish hymn "Den blomstertid nu kommer"
    Probably of folk song origin, this Swedish hymn was first time published in the 1695 Swedish Hymnal. The Finnish version "Jo joutui armas aika" is traditionally sung in the end of the school year. The rhythmic toccata followed by the joyful variations and an uplifting fuga is based on this tune which strongly associates with the beginning of summer.
    55011-577-4, € 17,80 Buy now

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    Uutta, innostavaa nuottimateriaalia pikku pianistien ryhmäopetukseen. Yhdessä pianolla sisältää neli- ja kuusikätisiä kappaleita alkeet hallitseville oppilaille sekä monipuolista lisämateriaalia, joka johtaa hauskalla tavalla vapaan säestyksen, improvisoinnin ja säveltämisen alkupoluille. Mukana rytmi-, melodia-, sävel-, ja tunnetaitokortit sekä motivoivia tehtäviä. Kirjalla on oma Youtube-kanava.
    A new innovative book for group piano lessons, only available in Finnish.
    Oppilaan kirja 55011-562-0, € 36,90 Osta nyt
    Opettajan opas 55011-563-7, € 22,90 Osta nyt

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    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) made his first sketches for material that would later find its way into Cassazione at the end of the 1890s; there are already hints of it among the sketches for the First Symphony, completed in 1899. The first performance of Cassazione as the opening number in a concert of his music held at the Helsinki University Hall in February 1904. Robert J. Ambrose’s transcription for wind band is based on the original full symphony orchestra version.
    Score & parts 55011-557-6, € 155,00 Buy now

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    Chamber music is probably the dearest musical form to the Finnish modernism’s grand old man Paavo Heininen (b. 1938). The 12-minute Divertimento was composed in the beginning of 2020, the instrumentation includes flute, percussion (2 players), piano and string trio.
    Score 55011-572-9, € 15,50 Buy now

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    The air is heavy with flashy comments, when the flute, the bassoon and the piano start their debate in “Storm in a Teacup” (2014) by Kirmo Lintinen (b. 1967). Less than 5 minutes of length this virtuosic trio finds the piece after the grand rampage. Humour and playfulness are characteristic elements of Kirmo Lintinen's music.
    Parts 55011-538-5, € 14,50 Buy now

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    Olli Kortekangas (b. 1955) was struggling when looking for a suitable chorale or theme after a commission from Tomi Satomaa to compose a variation work for organ. He finally found it close at hand, on his very own desk; Partita is based on a chorale melody Kortekangas composed some years ago.
    55011-575-0, € 17,80 Coming soon

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    Lauri Kilpiö’s Memories and Impressions is a 14-movement suite for solo piano of 24 minutes. It was commissioned by the Music School of St. Michel. The duration and the level of technical difficulty of the movements increase progressively, from the rudiments towards the advanced D and C levels.
    55011-564-4, € 21,90 Buy now

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    A missa brevis for descant choir and piano (organ ad lib.) by Olli Kortekangas gets a Finnish colour in Laudamus, the text of which "Luotujen virsi" by Pekka Kivekäs is a poem in the Kalevala meter. The composer encourages conductors to find different ways to perform the work: for example doubling or replacing the chorus parts by an obligato instrument.
    Score 55011-565-1, € 9,90 Buy now
    Chorus part 55011-566-8, € 6,50 Buy now

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    (Six Ostrobothnian folk songs)
    During his folklore gathering trips to South Ostrobothnia in the west coast of Finland in 1907, Toivo Kuula wrote down a total of 362 songs. Of these he arranged only 12 for voice and piano. Yrjö Hjelt has continued this work by arranging six new folk songs. This collection pays homage to Toivo Kuula.
    55011-547-7, € 29,90 Buy now

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    (The Legend of Oskari Juliini - New Ostrobothnian Folk Songs)
    The Ostrobothnian folk songs collected by Toivo Kuula offer an interesting look at the Finnish folk music, especially in regard what the themes tell about music and folk life in yesteryears. Paavo Korpijaakko has created this suite of lieds based on those folk songs which pays homage to Toivo Kuula.
    55011-548-4, € 29,90 Buy now

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    ColourStrings Cello ABC: Book E continues the Cello ABC series. Book E teaches the new material, the 5 different pentachords, using numerous folk songs and chamber music works. Teachers should choose the music that best suits their pedagogical aims and needs.
    55011-421-9, € 48,50 Buy now

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    Armas Järnefelt (1869–1958) composed his Festouverture (Festive Overture) for the official opening of the Finnish National Theatre on 9 April 1902. This was a great event in the history of Finnish theatre, for it meant that the Finnish Theatre founded by Kaarlo and Emilie Bergbom in 1872 at last had a home of its own. The 8- minute overture is a jubilant example of Järnefelt’s orchestral writing, through which he introduced a new, Wagnerian voice into Finnish music.
    Score 55011-539-2, € 21,20 Buy now

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    Uuno Klami probably began composing the C minor Sonata as early as May 1920. He completed two movements but only sketched the finale. The reason why he never finished it may be that he began composing a Viola Sonata at around the same time. In 2016 composer Eero Kesti edited Klami’s Viola Sonata when ne noticed that the main sections of the two sonatas' finales are very similar even though they were in different keys. This last movement is reconstructed by Eero Kesti using Klami's viola sonata.
    55011-546-0, € 29,90 Buy now

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    NEWS & EVENTS

    Jyrki Linjama’s church opera Three Letters to Laestadius (Kolme kirjettä Laestadiukselle) is now available as a video online. The production was staged in Oulu on 12 October, as part of Oulu’s contemporary music festival. The story takes place while the Swedish revivalist preacher Lars Levi Laestadius is dying, and addresses major human issues in a dream-like state. The title role is sung by Esa Ruuttunen and the stage director is Michael Baran, who wrote the libretto with Linjama. The Soli Deo Gloria chamber orchestra is conducted by Juhani Lamminmäki. Watch the prologue and 1st act. Watch the 2nd nd 3rd acts.

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    Fennica Gehrman acquired the Edition Elvis catalogue administered by the Finnish Music Creators’ Association (Suomen Musiikintekijät) on 15 January. The catalogue includes orchestral arrangements as well as repertoire for wind orchestra. Fennica Gehrman also now administers the light music catalogue of Warner/Chappell Music Finland and is thus well equipped to supply works in the light and wind orchestra categories.

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    Lotta Wennäkoski turned 50 on 8 February 2020. Music by Wennäkoski will be widely performed during the year. During spring Wennäkoski's BBC commission Flounce is in the program of the Belgian National Orchestra, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. The Finnish RSO will perform Uniin asti (Until the Dreams) in April. Wennäkoski is at present composing an opera, Regine, for the Savonlinna Opera Festival. 

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    Einojuhani Rautavaara’s All-Night Vigil (Vigilia) is a new release on the BIS label. Nils Schweckendiek conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir. This 70-minute work is in 34 sections and features prominent parts for a bass and a tenor soloist (Niall Chorell and Tuukka Haapaniemi). According to the review by Martin Anderson "For all the sophistication of Rautavaara’s harmonic language, what he is doing here, basically, is weaving a spell – and I defy you not to be hypnotised by the unearthly beauty of this wonderful music."

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    The University of Turku has commissioned Mikko Heiniö to compose a work for its centenary celebrations in 2020. Titled Syvyyden yllä tuuli (Wind above the Depths), it will be premiered in February 2020 and at the degree ceremony in May. It is scored for baritone, mixed choir and orchestra and will be performed by the Turku Philharmonic and the Turku University Choir. Heiniö has also written a work for The Polytech Choir, titled Täällä, kaikkialla (Here, Everywhere), to be performed as part of the choir’s 120th anniversary in spring 2020. It is based on poems by Juha Vakkuri (1946-2019). Heiniö was awarded in September when the Finnish Music Publishers Association chose him as Classical Composer of the Year.

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    Ilmari Hannikainen's Piano Sonata in C-Minor Op. 1 has been released both as a Fennica Gehrman publication and on CD by Risto-Matti Marin (Alba Records). According to the critics this discovery and first edition is a veritable treasure, a true Romantic gem which has something of Liszt's heroism and the sensual expression of Chopin. Buy now

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    The Carice Singers have appointed Matthew Whittall Associate Composer.  “I’m thrilled to begin this relationship with The Carice Singers,” he says. “Their fresh, pure, youthful sound is hugely inspiring for a composer, and their varied and sensitive programming takes listeners on journeys that forge poetic links across nations and centuries. To get to write a large-scale piece for such a front-rank ensemble is a dream come true!” The Carice Singers are a British vocal ensemble of young professional singers conducted by George Parris.

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    Fennica Gehrman has signed a publishing agreement for a Concert Overture by Sibelius. Based on material found while studying the manuscript of the opera The Maiden in the Tower, it was discovered by the conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, following references made by Sibelius himself. A significant work that, according to Hannikainen, stands up well on its own, it lasts 11–12 minutes and was conducted by Sibelius at concerts of his works in Turku. The score is scheduled for publication in autumn 2019.

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    COMPOSERS & WORKS

     

    Click here to go to our composers page where you will find information and sound samples about composers whose works we represent. Included is also a list of anniversaries and repertoire tips. Our catalogue covers a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music from Finland and Estonia. We also represent works by Shostakovich, Prokofieff and Khachaturian in Finland.


    Paris Impressions is Heikki Sarmanto's inspiring and lovely piano album! These 20 jazzy pieces are full of nostalgia and love for Paris in improvised variations. Buy now
    See sample pages:
    Les Lilas
    Les Bouquinistes
    Foire du Trone

    Sami Juntunen: Around the World in 30 Pit-Stops / Maailman ympäri 30 biisissä 

    A collection of exciting piano pieces designed to cast you into a whirl-pool of world music with rhythms, harmonies and melodies of different cultural and geographical regions. Jump on board for a journey round the world and expand your repertoire with these ethno etudes! Watch the videos in Youtube! Buy now

    Remember also Gettin' into Groove (Rytmimusiikin etydejä) by Juntunen - a 154-page book and a treasure trove for pianists who want to play soul, blues boogie-woogie, funk, disco or other Afroamerican pieces. Buy now


    Ihanuuksien ihmemaa on
    Jukka Nykäsen ihastusta herättänyt pianosovitusten kokoelma
    , jonka tyylilajit liikkuvat ennakkoluulottomasti iloitellen musiikin historiassa. Tämä kokoelma vie sydämesi!
    This collection includes Jukka Nykänen's inspiring and fresh piano arrangements of popular Finnish melodies. Buy now
    Esipuhe  Sisältö See sample pages: Karjalan kunnailla - Romanssi (Fougstedt) - Hyljätyn valitus - Suvivirsi

    Finnish Favourites for Piano 1-3 / Suomalaista toiveohjelmistoa 1-3
    Sarja on täydentynyt kolmannella osalla, joka sisältää kiehtovan valikoiman modernin pianomusiikin helmiä, muutamia uusia tuttavuuksia sekä kestoklassikoita.
    This series includes highlights of Finnish piano music from the Romantic period to the present day. The second volume includes e.g. Finlandia and Valse triste by Sibelius. Volume 3 includes modern classics. Buy Vol.1; Buy Vol.2; Buy Vol. 3

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    Soloist Han Kim/Busan Philharmonic Orchestra/ c. Soo-Yeoul Choi

    Arts Center, Concert Hall, Seoul (South Korea)

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    Joensuun kaupunginorkesteri & Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri/ c. Eero Lehtimäki

    Mikaeli, Mikkeli (Finland)

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    Meri-Lapin jousikvartetti/

    Rytikarin työväentalo, Kemi (Finland)

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    Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/ c. Robert Kruzík

    Beseda House, Brno (Czech Republic)

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    Joensuun kaupunginorkesteri & Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri/ c. Eero Lehtimäki

    Carelia, Joensuu (Finland)

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    Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra/ c. Petr Popelka

    House of Culture, Ostrava (Czech Republic)

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