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

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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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    Four haiku of Santoka Taneda
    for mixed choir
    Shiki grew into a choral cycle on haiku by a 20th century Japanese monk Santoka Taneda. The main impression the composer wished to convey was the one of absolute stillness at the heart of each scene, of communion with the outer world, as if the viewer were drawing the landscape into him, and at the same time dissolving himself into it.
    979-0-55011-348-0, € 15,90 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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    for guitar
    Vainio has a past as a heavy metal guitarist. This piece incorporates heavy metal coloured riffs in a convincing way - not forgetting the aesthetics of the contemporary classical music.
    979-0-55011-314-5, € 12,70 Buy now

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    Odotettu uusintapainos sarjasta on ilmestynyt! Tekijät: Eeva Sarmanto-Neuvonen - Ritva Lehtelä - Anja Saari.
    Prelude / Alkusoitto:
    979-0-55011-309-1
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    Book 1: 979-0-55011-310-7 Buy now
    Book 2: 979-0-55011-311-4 Buy now
    Finale: 979-0-55011-312-1, Buy now
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    € 34,80

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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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    The Heinävesi Music Festival will be showcasing major Finnish works on 28.6.-2.7. The Helsinki Sinfonietta and the Helsinki Philharmonic Choir will be performing Uuno Klami’s Psalmus as well as Jean Sibelius’s cantata Oma maa (My Own Land) and Finlandia at the Festival’s closing concert. Also the orchestral works Traumgesicht and Marjatta by Erkki Melartin are on the festival program. There will be a repeat of the closing concert in Helsinki in September, as part of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of the Helsinki Philharmonic Choir.

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    The BIS disc by the Minnesota Orchestra of Olli Kortekangas’s Migrations and Sibelius’s Kullervo and Finlandia has reaped outstanding international acclaim. It was Recording of the Month of musicweb-international.com in March, and The Guardian praised it as being thrilling and commanding. Migrations has also been described as cast on a grand scale and its choral and orchestral writing as richly sonorous. Scored for male choir, mezzo-soprano and orchestra, it was a commission from the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä. It is to receive its first performance in Finland in Lahti in October.

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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 täydentyy 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, Valse triste and Andante festivo by Sibelius, Romance and Summer Night Idyll by Oskar Merikanto and Pankakoski by Kuula. Volume 3 will be published in July. Buy Vol.1 Buy Vol.2 


    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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