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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, the time for Kullervokurki is approaching.

So why not Asrael? I must admit that it isn't one of my all-time favourites, but that may be because I'm used to Claus Peter Flor's recording. His attempts at Dvorák have been about as far from the ideal as I could possibly envisage, - humourless, lacking in charm, sometimes wayward in tempo - and to my ears his Ma vlást remains resolutely earthbound. Somehow I doubt that he did poor Suk an awful lot of justice either.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At about the time that I moved to the Czech Republic permanently, I heard a story from an orchestral musician about a then-recent performance of Suk's Asrael, where the 80-or-so year-old conductor leave in between movements, each time considering abandoning the performance. Somehow he made it through, was immediately taken to the hospital where it was discovered that he had had a heart attack earlier that evening.

The Symphony, by the way, is subtitled "Angel of Death".

So not exactly easy listening, I'm saving it for a time that I'm confronted with similar issues.

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just now discovering Madetoja symphonies. His songs and opera The Ostrobothnians, Pohjalaiset, is better known in Finland.

No, it is not Pohjola!

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Petri Sakari/Iceland S.O. Symphony cycle is good, including some orchestral works (Chandos).

I also like John Storgĺrds/Helsinki P.O. recent recording of Symphony No. 2 etc., they're going to make a Symphony cycle (Ondine).

Haven't heard Alvo Volmer/Oulo S.O. one, reviews are good.

BTW, there is a young Finnish composer called Seppo Pohjola (b. 1965). He already composed 2 Symphonies.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Juha is popular too, it was sone as a play in the 1900s, then as opera. Typical Finnish story. Not my favorite.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at some Swedes. Larsson is probably a favorite there. Some of Stenhammar is quite good, but I can't see any more connection to Sibelius than just the same feel of late 1800s early 1900s romantics.

Stenhammar Romances sound like Sibelius lesser string works. His Symphonies are a bit more personal, rather than also rans.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilhelm Stenhammars second symphony [1915] has always been a great favourite of mine. I have it on a Caprice LP with the Stockholm PO under Stig Westerberg. Deserves to be more widely heard--kp

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that seems to be a highlight. He himself did not like the 1st.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stenhammar isn't bad - I actually quite like the First too - and don't forget the big Serenade either. Or try Alfvén - maybe starting with his Second. Larsson writes the occasional pretty tune but it's rather insipid on the whole.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not so much Sibelius, just Finland. I seem to like this better than most of my Finnish samplers
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though I rarely listen to any Rautavaara.

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