Nordic Highlights 3/2022

Highlights is our newsletter focusing on classical and contemporary music from the Nordic countries. You can read the most recent Highlights and find here in-depth material of music presented in it.

Focus on Lara Poe

Poe (b. 28. July 1993) is a young composer, who has attracted international attention with her orchestral and instrumental works. She was born in the USA but has tight connections to Finland, her mother’s native country.  Lara Poe is currently studying for a PhD at King’s College London and previously, she received a masters from the Royal College of Music, London, and bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Go to Fennica Gehrman's composer page

Read more on Lara Poe's home page.

Works for hire:
Kaamos (2020) for orchestra (Dur: 10')

Noctilucent Clouds (2020) for orchestra (Dur: 18')

Works for sale:
Triton for solo trumpet
Musings for solo violin

New album by Zibuokle Martinaityte receives critical acclaim

“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.” Limelight Magazine

"Her scores similarly appeal to something beyond the immediately cerebral, creating vast shimmering soundscapes that lead the mind somewhere dreamlike and seem to speak directly to the body’s senses in arresting and unexpected ways…. this excellent disc offers a welcome introduction to Martinaitytė’s compelling and transporting music." BBC Music Magazine

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 (Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/Karolis Variakojis). The disc has received top acclaim internationally and it was a five-star Editor’s Choice in Limelight Magazine. Listen to sound samples on Ondine's web site or short extraxts in YouTube.