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    This series of Finnish piano classics is now available in three volumes! Part 3 contains works written mostly after the 1950's and but there are also some romantic gems such as Fougstedt's Valsette. Take a leap on the keyboard and discover contemporary piano gems! (Contents). 979-0-55011-353-4, € 29,90 Buy now

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    This pedagogical piano collection for children is a thrilling adventure into the very heart of music-making. Staccatos, legatos and arpeggios are covered, as are some more modern methods, like clusters and pedal sounds. Hannu Hyrske's illustrations support the story and will make your imagination run wild. 979-0-55011-354-1, € 19,90 Buy now

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    Beloved Finnish melodies in lovely, fresh piano arrangements. Jukka Nykäsen ihastusta herättäneitä kansanlaulusovituksia on lyhennetty ja muokattu tätä pianokokoelmaa varten.”Todella ihania. Sopiva vaikeusaste. Jukka on saanut kansanlaulut kuulostamaan viehättäviltä. Aivan upea sovitus. Jotenkin uskomatonta”. Näin innostuneesti vihkoa testanneet pianistit kuvailivat kappaleita. 979-0-55011-352-7, € 24,90 Buy now

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    Duet for Birds and Piano op. 61
    Arr. for piano by Peter Lönnqvist
    Rautavaara's Cantus arcticus (Concerto for birds and orchestra) is his most popular orchestral work. This idiomatic, ear-opening transcription captures the essence of Rautavaara's musical language, harmonies and melancholy. For the birds' singing (on download), an amplified sound system is required. 979-0-55011-349-7, € 24,50 Buy now 

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    Shiki (Four Seasons) - Four haiku of Santoka Taneda
    A choral cycle on haiku by a 20th century Japanese monk. 979-0-55011-348-0, € 15,90 Buy now
    Huron Carol ('Twas the Moon of Wintertime), (arr.)
    An old Canadian song by Jean de Brébeuf. Text in English. 979-0-55011-356-5, € 4,20 Buy now
    Aattoilta A Christmas carol to Ester Ahokainen’s gentle poem.  979-0-55011-355-8, € 3,30 Buy now

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    for SSAA choir
    Text: Sara Teasdale (in English)

    A new choral piece set on the midnight hour, when the important questions of life come to mind. The work includes delicate harmonies and tasteful arches. Dedicated to Kaari Ensemble and premiered in Berlin in spring 2017.  979-0-55011-336-7, € 3,90, Buy now

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    for female choir (in Estonian)
    arr. T Kangron
    An arrangement for descant choir of Veljo Tormis's Estonian Wedding Songs including nine short songs.
    979-0-55011-343-5, € 5,50, Buy now

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    Viisi fragmenttia mieskuorolle (Five fragments for male choir)
    Text: Michael Baran (in Finnish)
    A commission from the Polytech Choir dating from 2008 with enigmatic texts by Michel Baran. 
    979-0-55011-335-0
    , € 11,30, Buy now

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    12 preludes for piano
    The preludes explore a wide range of styles and sonoroties. Inspired by Walt Whitman's verses, they are Whittall's personal distillations of the atmosphere of each poem. The entire suite can be performed as a grand, one-hour work or in different selections. 979-0-55011-279-7, € 39,80, Buy now

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    Omaggio a Bruno Munari, 55011-326-8, € 13,20 Buy now,
    Riflessioni sul nome Amadeo Modigliani, 55011-325-1 Buy now, Sonata: A Walk to the Mysterious Woods, 55011-320-6 Buy now, Northern Spells, 55011-321-3 Buy now, Quadri Morandi, 55011-324-4 Buy now, à € 12,00

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    for clarinet and piano
    A virtuoso piece requiring nimble fingers, sharp articulation and a command of tone in all the clarinet’s registers. The piano is more than just an accompanying instrument; it is an equal partner. The changing tempos and quick figures keep the performers on their toes and the audience alert. 979-0-55011-334-3, € 21,10, Buy now

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    for string orchestra (study score)
    In this work Rautavaara has incorporated the two most essential characteristics of Liszt's music – luscious romanticism and virtuosic élan – into the mood and colourful spectrum of the string orchestra sound. 979-0-55011-333-6, € 20,80, Buy now

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    Reduction for 2 pianos (pianoreduktio)
    This edition for Rautavaara's Piano Concerto No. 3 "Gift of Dreams" is now available for the first time. The work was composed for Vladimir Ashkenazy and it is a masterpiece of modern concerto literature. It is written is such manner that the soloist can lead the orchestra from the grand piano.
    979-0-55011-332-9, € 44,30, Buy now

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    for mixed choir
    A choral work with Eeva-Liisa Manner's lyrics (in Finnish). Kortekangas is an experienced composer of vocal music, which is apparent in Teoreema: the text is coloured by climaxes and more tranquil sections. 979-0-55011-331-2, € 11,30 Buy now

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    News & Events

    Colourstrings goes digital! The Violin and Cello ABC books are now available also as electronic publications on Apple iBook Store (Violin A–D, Scales 1–3, Kreutzerini, Cello A–D and Piattini). itunes.apple.com/us/book/violin-abc-book-a/id1246679815

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    The Percussion Concerto Sieidi by Kalevi Aho is becoming the modern Finnish concerto most often performed worldwide. Austrian virtuoso Martin Grubinger is to be the soloist 12 times at major German and Austrian concert halls during the 2017/2018 season. The orchestras are the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bavarian, Southwest German and West German Radio Orchestras and the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz. Grubinger has previously performed it at the Gewandhaus, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Helsinki Music Centre. Colin Currie was the soloist at its premiere in London with the London Philharmonic in 2012 and he has also performed it in numerous other countries such as Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, and he is also plannig new performances.

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    The BBC has commissioned Lotta Wennäkoski to write an orchestral work for the Proms festival. The new work Flounce will be premiered at the 'Last Night of the Proms' on 9 September at the Royal Albert Hall in London by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. More information is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ecc3d4

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    BIS Records has released a two-disc album of choral music by Erik Bergman composed in 1936–2000. The Helsinki Chamber Choir under Nils Schweckendiek presents a varied selection of choral works from Bergman's early ones right up to his last: Väinämöinen, Op. 147.
    Tuomas Mali has released a disc of piano music by Bergman on the Pilfink label – the first recording of Bergman's complete piano oeuvre.
    Einar Englund's piano works have been recorded by Laura Mikkola. The new disc by Toccata Classics presents complete solo piano music by Englund.

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    The opera Aino Ackté by Ilkka Kuusisto is to be premiered in Savonlinna on 27 October. There will be five performances in all, two of them in Helsinki in November. The producer is the South Savo Music Theatre and Opera Society ESMO. Singing the title role will be Päivi Pylvänäinen, and the conductor will be Jonas Rannila.

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    September 2017 will be an exceptionally busy month with orchestral premieres. The Guards’ Band and  Antti Ohenoja have commissioned a Marimba Concerto from Timo-Juhani Kyllönen to be premiered on the 5th in Helsinki. Lotta Wennäkoski's Flounce, a BBC commission, will be heard at the last night of the Proms on the 9th. Juhani Nuorvala’s Variationes ex 'Bene quondam' commissioned by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra will see the light of day on the 16th. Kalevi Aho’s Chamber Concerto for Harp and Strings, a commission by the Gent Festival, will be premiered in Belgium on the 18th by the Ensemble Resonanz and Anneleen Lenaerts, harp. Kimmo Hakola’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Chamber Orchestra is on the programme of the Tapiola Sinfonietta in Espoo on the 22nd. The soloists...

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    Composers

     

    Click here to go to our composers page where you will find information and for sound samples about composers whose works we represent. 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.


    Ihanuuksien ihmemaa
    Jukka Nykäsen pianosovitukset suomalaisista kansanlauluista, maakuntalauluista ja muista suosituista sävelmistä ovat herättäneet ihastusta.
    Osittain myös improvisaatioon perustuvia alkuperäisiä sovituksia on lyhennetty ja muokattu tätä pianokokoelmaa varten. Tyylilajit liikkuvat ennakkoluulottomasti iloitellen musiikin historiassa romanttista hurmiota, virtuoosisuutta ja huumoria unohtamatta. Tämä kokoelma vie sydämesi! Buy now
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    Finnish Favourites for Piano 1-3 / Suomalaista toiveohjelmistoa 1-3
    Sarja täydentyi kesän aikana kolmannella osalla, joka sisältää kiehtovan valikoiman modernin pianomusiikin helmiä, muutamia uusia tuttavuuksia sekä kestoklassikoita.
    This series includes highlights of Finnish piano litterature from the Romantic period to the present day. The second volume includes e.g. Finlandia and Valse triste by Sibelius. Volume 3 includes more modern classics. Buy Vol.1; Buy Vol.2; Buy Vol. 3


    Jean Sibelius: Piano Miniatures
    A collection of 24 most popular piano pieces, among them the Etude, Spruce and Romance in D-flat. 29,90 Buy now

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