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Helvi Leiviskä - Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

Composer Helvi Leiviskä
Performer Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2701 SACD
EAN 7318599927015
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2023
Total time 62'56

Powerful music from a neglected Finnish composer
Upcoming release - available starting 8th December 2023
Conductor Dalia Stasevka who received the BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Personality of the Year’ Award in 2023 and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra present three works by the Finnish composer Helvi Leiviskä, who was Finland’s first major female composer. Initially inspired by the language of late Romanticism – she mentioned Brahms as her favourite composer – Leiviskä developed an original, modern style that eschewed all schools, convinced that it was more important to tread &&&one’s own path than to follow fashionable styles. While her output may seem small in terms of quantity, it more than makes up for it in the quality of the works, especially her symphonies, a genre she considered ‘the highest manifestation of music’.
This disc presents three works: the Sinfonia Brevis, a confidently crafted work reminiscent of Sibelius; the austere, restrained, melancholy and at times very dissonant Symphony No. 2, which could be called ‘tragic’; and the Suite for orchestra No. 2, which uses material from a powerfully descriptive score originally composed for a film. This recording bears witness to the ‘Leiviskä renaissance’ that has taken place in recent years, which has contributed to the rediscovery of a neglected but important voice in Finnish music.
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  Helvi Leiviskä
01 Sinfonia brevis, Op. 30 12'51
  Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 11 20'54
02 I. Kevään tulo (The Coming of Spring) 6'58
03 II. Humoreski (Humoresque) 3'09
04 III. Kehtolaulu (Lullaby) 4'03
05 IV. Epilogi (Epilogue) 6'44
  Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 29'07
06 I. Andantino quasi allegretto - Più animato e ritmico 7'27
07 II. Allegro molto 9'29
08 III. Andante cantabile 12'11
  Album total 62'56
ComposerLeiviskä, Helvi
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
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