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September will be an exceptionally busy month with orchestral premieres. The Guards’ Band and  Antti Ohenoja commissioned a Marimba Concerto from Timo...

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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...

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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...

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Kirkkaat purot, sameat virrat
for mixed choir, text Kai Nieminen (Finnish), 55009-826-8, € 4,70 Buy now
The Return

for mixed choir, text Wendell Berry...

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for double mixed choir
Text: D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypsis Iohannis, Evangelium secundum Iohannem  (Lat+Eng)
Revised edition of the Kortekangas work...

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 Mediterranean Sea (Välimeri) (I Sea Picture)
Candomino Choir, cond. Tauno Satomaa
(Alba Records NCD 27)

 Three Romances (III Old Song)
Candomino Choir, cond. Tauno Satomaa
(Alba Records NCD 27)

 Messenius and Lucia, Opera in Two Acts (Scene 2)
Oulu SO and soloists, cond. Arvo Volmer
(Ondine ODE 1073-2D)

 Stargazer, Sonata for Organ No. 2  
sol. Jan Lehtola
(YLE/Finnish Broadcasting Company)

Fennica Gehrman has published a handsome brochure about Olli Kortekangas and his works. Included are articles about his music, a work list as well as a sampler CD featuring 13 works. The CD also presents some works not previously published on commercial recordings. If you are looking for repertoire, please order your copy from info(at)fennicagehrman.fi.

You can download the brochure here.

Olli Kortekangas

Olli Kortekangas (b. 1955) studied music theory and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki from 1974-1981 under the direction of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Eero Hämeenniemi. He continued his studies in West Berlin with Dieter Schnebel in 1981-1982. Kortekangas has also worked as a teacher, including periods at the National Theatre Academy and the Sibelius Academy, and has taken part in a number of educational projects with children and young people, both in Finland and abroad.

Kortekangas' music has been featured in concerts and at festivals around the world, and his works his works are being commissioned at an increasing rate. He has received numerous scholarships and awards in Finland and abroad, including the Special Prize of the Prix Italia Competition and the City of Salzburg Opera Prize, the prestigious Teosto Prize and the Espoo Medal in 2008. He has been granted a 5-year-scholarship of the Arts Council of Finland three times.

Kortekangas’ oeuvre consists of more than 100 works from solo pieces and chamber music to orchestral works and operas. Since his early days as a choral singer, Kortekangas has been attracted to the human voice. He has written six operas including Messenius and Lucia (2004), Daddy's Girl (2006, commissioned jointly by the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Finnish Parliament) and One Night Stand (Yhden yön juttu, 2011). His collaboration with some of the best Finnish choirs, particularly the Tapiola Choir, has resulted in many popular a cappella choral works which have become repertoire of professional choirs all over the world. A special mention should be made of the Mass for the Jubilee Year (1999), commissioned by the parishes of Espoo, and covering the complete music for a Lutheran divine service. Many of his works for mixed choir are available on a CD by Candomino (“O mare mio” by Alba Records), released in 2005. Olli Kortekangas has also written several works for chorus and orchestra such as Seven Songs for Planet Earth premiered and commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Washington on 22 May 2011. It was also performed twice by the San Francisco Choral Society and Piedmont Choirs in October 2011.

During his residency with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in 1997-2007 Kortekangas turned his attention to orchestral composition. His orchestral works include Ark (1997), Cello Concerto (2000), Konzertstück for clarinet, cello and orchestra (1993), Charms, concerto for piano trio and orchestra (1998) and Piano Concerto (2010) commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His most recent large-scale commissions are the Clarinet Concerto premiered by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in 2014, and Migrations for male chorus, soloists and orchestra commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra and premiered in Minneapolis in February 2016. It has also been recorded on the BIS label.

Kortekangas' output also includes also a number of chamber and instrumental solo works as well as chamber music with voice. Throughout his career, Kortekangas has been interested in collaboration with other arts and artists. Among his most important partners are the painters Raija Malka and Kuutti Lavonen, the choreographer Päivi Järvinen, and the playwright-director Michael Baran.

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