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Mysterious yet lyrical, Lars Karlsson's setting for mixed choir to Paula Hiekkala's poem Mare crisium (1990) is a beautiful journey from stormy sea towards radiant peace. Buy now

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The romantic modernist (or modern romanticist) Lars Karlsson (b. 1953) wrote his Clarinet concerto (2013-2015) for Christoffer Sundqvist. The work has connections with Nordic mythology and shamanistic tunes, the melodic use of fourths and fifths forms an important basis for the concerto's musical material. Buy now

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Maija Hynninen's piano quintet Nine-channeled Pearl flows effortlessly. The 10-minute piece includes rhythmical gamelan-inspired passage, twirling scales, sonorous bell-like harmonics and dream-like world ending chorales. Buy now

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Aho's Quartet for flute, alto saxophone, guitar & percussion (1982) was written for Cluster ensemble, which is the reason for the particular combination of instruments. Dramatic and tragic evolution of the three-movement 22-minute work culminates in the wild percussion cadenza, which is followed by a quiet epilogue. Buy now

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Aulis Sallinen's Serenade for two wind quartets (fl-ob-cl-fg, tr-cor-trb-tb) was composed in 1963. It is now published for the first time. Duration of the piece is ca. 13 minutes. Buy now

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Lara Poe's (b. 1993) good-humoured Contradanse (duration 4'30) for eight wind instruments employs slightly off-kilter dance rhythms to create a rhythmic background structure to the piece. The melody lines constantly change timbre as they move through different instrumental combinations. Buy now

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Olli Kortekangas composed Vida vingar (Swedish for Wide wings) for piano and organ in 2021-22. It was premiered in St. John's Church in Helsinki - with 70 metres distance between the two instruments. Buy now

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Juhani Nuorvala, described as an “electro-acoustic urban minimalist”, seeks inspiration from widely varied sources. With the enthusiasm of an explorer, he has delved into microtonality, French spectral music, techno and rock. It all becomes organically fused into his own idiom, often characterised by a frenzied rhythmic drive. Prélude non retouché (2012) for organ in ¼ comma meantone tuning with C# Eb F# G# Bb celebrates these features with light-hearted and easy-going mood, with attractive roughness due to tuning system. Buy now

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X'Three (2003/2021) is the third piece of a solo cello suite consisting of seven compositions. Each of the seven pieces can be performed individually or detached with other X’-compositions. Different works are yet to be performed chronologically. The X’-works are composed by using the same material viewed from many different angles. Their structure can be seen as a film starting several times from the beginning and from the same settings always looked from a new perspective. Buy now

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Pianon avain - Alkeisohjelmisto sisältää innostavia esityskappaleita opintojaan aloitteleville soittajille. Värikkäiden ja tunteisiin vetoavien kappaleiden nuotit ovat helposti hallittavalla alueella. Kokoelman soittaminen voidaan aloittaa heti kun oppilas on omaksunut nuotinluvun alkeet. Mukana on runsaasti yhteissoittotehtäviä kahdelle tai kolmelle soittajalle sekä rytmisoitinosuuksia. Kappalekohtaiset, puhelimella tai tabletilla skannattavat QR-koodit avaavat kappaleet kuunneltavina versioina YouTubessa. Suomenkieliset tempomerkinnät johdattelevat soittajan tavoittelemaan vaihtelevia tunnelmia. Buy now

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Iiro Rantalan Jaakko Heinimäen librettoon säveltämä Jouluoratorio (2011) sisältää lempeää ylistystä hehkuvan Marian kiitosvirren (3-4 min). Tässä julkaisussa pianosäestyksellinen versio tarjotaan kolmessa eri sävellajissa. Buy now

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La cantina (2013) was commissioned by a distinguished Finnish string quartet Kamus. The title of the quartet in four movements was inspired by the ongoing renovation in the composer's basement (ital. La cantina) after a water damage.

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Mikko Heiniö's violin concerto Alla madre (2007) abandons the traditional virtuoso concerto concept: here a large orchestra engages in dialogue with a solo violin. The first movement is called Arrivo, “Arrival”: the soloist literally arrives later, and by degrees, playing his/her first two solos offstage.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Mikko Heiniö is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. One of his most exciting premieres this year is Koraaleja (Chorales) by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra on 11 February 2023 at the Katedraali soi Festival in Turku. Chorales consists of an introduction and two overlapping works: a Concerto for Kantele, Violin and String Orchestra, and settings of three poems by Lassi Nummi for baritone, violin, kantele and string orchestra. The soloists will be Eija Kankaanranta (kantele), Antti Tikkanen (violin) and Kristian Lindroos (baritone).

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Ondine Records has released a new disc of three orchestral works by Lotta Wennäkoski: the Harp Concerto Sigla - a recent RSO commission-, Sedecim and Flounce, which was commissioned by the BBC for the 2017 Proms festival. On the CD Nicholas Collon conducts the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Sivan Magen is the soloist in the Harp Concerto.

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The Kymi Sinfonietta continues its fruitful collaboration with composer Kalevi Aho. The orchestra has performed and premiered several works by him, and the latest example of its active input is a new disc featuring Aho's second Violin and Cello Concertos. The conductor on the BIS SACD is Olari Elts, and the soloists are Elina Vähälä, violin, and  Jonathan Roozeman, cello.

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Composer and guitarist Kai Nieminen will have a profile concert in his home town Jyväskylä on 18  March. The musicians from the Jyväskylä City Orchestra will perform his chamber music in the concert  celebrating Nieminen's 70th birthday. Among the works performed is the Duo Sonata with Johanna Kärkkäinen (flute) and Olli Hirvanen (guitar). This piece – among other works by the composer – has recently been recorded by Pilfink Records.

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Olli Kortekangas' Songs of Meena for soprano and orchestra received enthusiastic feedback from the press and audiences alike:"The poems have inspired him to write lyrical, nuanced and also playful orchestral images. Tuuli Takala’s sparkling soprano floats and creates spellbinding patterns in varying dynamic shades." The song cycle was premiered in  November 2022 by the Helsinki PO and Tuuli Takala, conducted by Osmo Vänskä. The texts are by Meena Alexander, an Americanised poet of Indian descent. 

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Alex Freeman's new choral symphony Ghost Light is a commission from the Helsinki Music Centre Choir. It was originally written to celebrate the choir's 10th anniversary. Ghost Light is a stunning, expansive, 50-minute work for chorus and symphony orchestra, drawing upon the ecstatic optimism and imagery in the poetry of Walt Whitman, Rob Hardy and others. Nils Schweckendiek conducted the premiere with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on 11 November 2022.

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FEATURED

Ondine has released a new CD including three recent works by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė for string orchestra: Nunc fluens. Nunc stans, Ex Tenebris Lux and Sielunmaisema. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Karolis Variakojis. Martinaitytė’s previous disc, Saudade, received critical acclaim, resulting in increased interest worldwide, and the new CD is equally praised. It was a five-star Editor’s Choice in Limelight Magazine, which wrote: “Martinaitytė wows with new works for string orchestra. This is extraordinary music with a harmonic language all her own: powerful, minimal while immense and unutterably beautiful.”

Inspiring instrument teaching for beginners at the East Helsinki Music Institute with charming young musicians! Various books and tutorials are available in our web shop.

Lasten Lied - Children's Lied
Interpretation and storytelling, social and musical interaction together with instrument and performance skills. Children's Lied provides all this in delightful repertoire collections for young singers and pianists. Volume 2 includes songs from a wide range of countries and cultures in eight languages, all of them with sung English translations. Buy now

 

 


Anna soida! - Spela på!

Pianokoulu aikuisille, on jälleen saatavilla. Se on opas niille, joiden pianonsoiton opiskelu on syystä tai toisesta keskeytynyt tai lykkäytynyt. Mukana on monipuolista ja virkistävää ohjelmistoa, kaikille tuttuja klassisia pienoishelmiä ja ikivihreitä. Koskaan ei ole liian myöhäistä oppia uutta! Pianoskola för vuxna. Tvåspråkig utgåva. Osta verkkokaupasta.


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


Around the World in 30 Pit-Stops / Maailman ympäri 30 biisissä
is Sami Juntunen's 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. 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 etc. Buy now

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Linköpings Symfoniorkster/ c. Maria Itkonen

Euqmeniakyrkan, Linkoping (Sweden)

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Soloist Sakari Männistö/Joensuu City Orchestra/ c. Tomas Djupsjöbacka

Carelia-sali, Joensuu (Finland)

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Soloist Christoffer Sundqvist, klarinett/Dalasinfoniettan/ c. Roberto González-Monjas

Boda Kyrka, Boda Kyrkby (Sweden)

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Soloist Christoffer Sundqvist, klarinett/Dalasinfoniettan/ c. Roberto González-Monjas

Falu Kristine Kyrka, Falun (Sweden)

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Kuusankosken koulu, Hankasalmi

Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu
Olli Hirvanen, kitara

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Jämsän kirkko

Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu
Olli Hirvanen, kitara

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