NEWSLETTER FROM GEHRMANS MUSIKFÖRLAG & FENNICA GEHRMAN
Mikko Heiniö’s unusual concerto hybrids
Focus on Karin Rehnqvist
NEWS 28 November saw the Russian premiere of Tobias Broström’s Samsara – Concerto for Violin, Marimba and Orchestra at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Hugo Ticciati and Johan Bridger were soloists with the Yakutsk Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Fabio Mastrangelo. Samsara received its US premiere in Chicago in January this year, and was also performed and recorded by the Västerås Sinfonietta/Swedish National Youth SO in October. A video clip from the Västerås performance is now available on Gehrmans’ YouTube site.
Lille Bror Söderlundh
Söderlundh centenary This year we celebrate the centenary of Lille Bror Söderlundh’s birth. He is best known for his ingenious settings of Nils Ferlin’s poems, but he also composed choral songs, chamber and orchestral music. Concerto per violino ed orchestra, Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra, Christina Music, Three Folk Waltzes for string orchestra and the ballet suite The Emperor of Portugallia are among his most important works. He found the inspiration in Swedish folk music and remained faithful to his ideal throughout his creative career. As he put it, “He who betrays the folk music within, betrays himself; without folk music no one can become a real composer”.
NEWSLE T TER FROM GEHRMANS MUSIKFÖRLAG & FENNICA GEHRMAN
Sound samples , video clips and other material are available at www.gehrmans.se/highlights Cover photos: Jussi Vierimaa (Mikko Heiniö), Ester Sorri (Karin Rehnqvist), Soren Svendsen (Trio con Brio Copenhagen) Editors: Henna Salmela and Kristina Fryklöf Translations: Susan Sinisalo and Robert Carroll Design: Tenhelp Oy/Tenho Järvinen ISSN 2000-2742 (Print), ISSN 2000-2750 (Online) Printed in Sweden by TMG Sthlm, Bromma 2012
Photo: Kaapo Hakola
Samsara from USA to Russia
John Storgårds, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic have commissioned Kimmo Hakola to write a new Violin Concerto to be premiered in Cologne on 18 January 2013. Hakola also has another important premiere in his diary: a monologue opera, Akseli, to be performed by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra in February. Singing the leading role will be baritone Jorma Hynninen. Alba Records has released a new CD of Hakola’s popular Kivi Songs and settings orchestrated by him of Toivo Kuula’s South Ostrobothnian Folk Songs. The soloist is Hynninen, with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas. Photo: Gösta Glase
Hakola makes news
Margaret Atwood songs Albert Schnelzer will be the ﬁrst to set Margaret Atwood´s poetry to music. The poems Pig Song, Bull Song, Rat Song, Song of the Hen´s Head and Song of the Worms from “You Are Happy” (1974) will be included in his song cycle for Susanna Andersson and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. The premiere is scheduled for the 2013/2014 season.
Svanholm Singers Composition Award Christian Engquist won First Prize, among 46 contestants from ﬁve continents, in the Svanholm Singers international composition competition; with his piece It Is so Peaceful here Now for men’s choir a cappella. The award consisted of 5,000 Euros and the publication of the work by Gehrmans Musikförlag. The Svanholm Singers premiered the winning entry during the Lund Choral Festival in October.
Finnish music in Cadiz Audiences in Spain had a chance to hear some Finnish music in November, at a four-day event at the Gran Teatro Falla in the city of Cadiz. Finnish composer Timo-Juhani Kyllönen is composer-inresidence at this celebrated theatre for the period 2009–2013. The Trumpet Concerto, Op. 84 “Cadiz 2012” was composed by him as a commission and premiered on 6 November. The concerto is, according to Kyllönen, a blend of historical and Spanish moods and fanfares.
Johan Bridger in Västerås
Tenth anniversary of Fennica Gehrman October marked the tenth anniversary of Fennica Gehrman, founded to continue the work on behalf of Finnish classical music formerly done by Edition Fazer and Warner/Chappell Music Finland. Fennica Gehrman purchased their classical catalogues in 2007 and its catalogue now runs to over 12,000 Finnish titles. Read more on the Highlights website. Timo-Juhani Kyllönen
Tuomelaâ€™s musical fairytale in Finland The French ensemble Musicatreize is to give the premiere in Finland of Tapio Tuomelaâ€™s musical fairytale Antti Puuhaara on 1 December. The performance will take place in the Sonore Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre. The production is an unusual, delightful combination of puppet and shadow theatre. The ensemble of eight singers and six players will be conducted by Roland Hayrabedian. There will also be 4 additional performances in France during December.
Photo: Guy Vivien
PREMIERES November 2012 â€“ February 2013 Sven-David SandstrĂśm Four Pieces for String Trio
Trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen 5.11. Stockholm, Sweden Three Pieces for Violin and Cello
Ann-Marie Lysell, violin, Astrid Lindell, cello 12.11. Stockholm, Sweden HĂĽll ut nĂ¤ktergal! (for soprano and 4 percussionists)
Marie Alexis, soprano, percussionists from Swedish Radio SO 27.11. Stockholm, Sweden
Timo-Juhani KyllĂśnen Trumpet Concerto â€œCadiz 2012â€?
Camerata del Gran Teatro Falla/JosĂŠ Luis Aranda, sol. Alejandro Gomez Hurtado 6.11. Cadiz, Spain
Einojuhani Rautavaara Three Romances from the opera Rasputin (for mixed choir)
Dominante Chamber Choir/Seppo Murto 7.11. Helsinki, Finland
Kalevi Aho is composing a new chamber opera, called Frida and Diego. Composed as a commission from the Sibelius Academy for its opera students, it has tentatively been scheduled ĂŠ " /" ĂŠ7/ĂŠ, for the autumn 2014 season at the * ĂŠÂąĂŠ,8ĂŠÂ ,"/ ,-ÂŽÂŽ , 1 ĂŠÂąĂŠ "ĂŠÂąĂŠ Helsinki Music Centre. It is Ahoâ€™s ďŹ fth opera, and is about the life of Frida Kahlo. The libretto, in Spanish, is by Mariza NĂşĂąez.
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