Madetoja: Symphony No. 2, Kullervo: Elegy (2016)

Madetoja

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

John Storgards

To be an orchestral composer in Finland as a contemporary of Sibelius and nevertheless create an independent composer profile was no mean feat, but Leevi Madetoja managed it. Though even he was not completely immune to the influence of his great colleague, he did find a voice for himself where the elegiac nature of the landscape and folk songs of his native province of Ostrobothnia merged with a French elegance. Madetoja’s three symphonies did not follow the trail blazed by Sibelius, and another mark of his independence as a composer is that his principal works include two operas, Pohjalaisia (The Ostrobothnians, 1924) and Juha (1935), a genre that Sibelius never embraced.

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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the Nordic countries, was founded as the Helsinki Orchestral Society by the young Robert Kajanus, its first Chief Conductor, in 1882. Well known today for its tradition of performing Sibelius, it also premiered many of his major works, often with the composer himself conducting. The orchestra undertook its first foreign tour to the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900, and since then it has visited most European countries, in addition to visiting the USA and Japan, both on four occasions. 
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Ondine have maintained a long-standing exclusive partnership with, among others, an edition of the complete Sibelius symphonies under the direction of Leif Segerstam (ODE 1075-2Q). The new Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from autumn 2008 will be violinist and conductor John Storgårds, who has been the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor since 2003.

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Madetoja: Symphony No. 2, Kullervo: Elegy (2016)

Madetoja

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

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Kullervo, Op. 15
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Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 - I. Allegro moderato -
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Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 - II. Andante
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Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 - III. Allegro non troppo -
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Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 - IV. Epilogue - Andantino
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Sinfoninen sarja (Symphonic Suite), Op. 4, I. Elegia (Elegy)
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