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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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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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The "Mass of the Forest" follows the catholic mass with a pantheistic approach. The 30-minute long mass is composed to a Swedish text by Göran Stenius (1909-2000), a Finnish poet, writer and diplomat. Buy now

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Tämä kuorosarja oli Oulaisten Nuorisokuoron tilaus sen 45-vuotisjuhlakonserttiin. Anna Elina Isoaron tekstiin sävelletty teos muodostuu neljästä osasta: 1. Muistikirja 2. Opintie 3. Historiikki 4. Sukutaulu.
55011-338-1, € 9,90 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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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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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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Three songs in Finnish from the opera Veljeni vartija/ My Brother's Keeper.
Sanasotaa for SSAATTB choir and piano:
55011-423-4, € 6,70 Buy now
Onni hymyile
for mixed choir, soprano solo and piano:
55011-422-7, € 4,20 Buy now
Mustaa, mustaa
for mixed choir:
55011-421-0, € 4,20 Buy now

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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)

You can download the brochure here.

Olli Kortekangas

Olli Kortekangas (born on 16 May 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 several operas including Messenius and Lucia (2004), Isän tyttö (Daddy's Girl, 2006), commissioned jointly by the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Finnish Parliament) and Yhden yön juttu (One Night Stand, 2011). His opera Veljeni vartija (My Brother’s Keeper) was a commission from the Tampere Hall (world premiere on the 16th of February 2018). It is a large-scale work about Finland’s civil war through the eyes and experiences of a family, whose siblings, a son and a daughter, end up fighting on the opposite sides. The church opera Elämänkuvat (Pictures of Life) by Kortekangas was premiered at the Korsholm Music Festival in 2019 and  commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Lasting about one hour, the powerful and touching opera follows the stories of two characters side by side: a 16th-century Painter and present-day Mariia.

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. 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.

During his residency with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in 1997-2007 Kortekangas turned his attention to orchestral composition. His orchestral works include Konzertstück for clarinet, cello and orchestra (1993), Charms, concerto for piano trio and orchestra (1998) and Clarinet Concerto premiered by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in 2014.

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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