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Helvi Leiviskä - Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2701 SACD
Release date2023-12-08
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time62:56

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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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$ 9.43
Extra material for download
  Composer: Leiviskä, Helvi
01 Sinfonia brevis, Op. 30 12:51 $ 1.93 USD
  Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 11 20:54
02 I. Kevään tulo (The Coming of Spring) 06:58 $ 1.05 USD
03 II. Humoreski (Humoresque) 03:09 $ 0.47 USD
04 III. Kehtolaulu (Lullaby) 04:03 $ 0.61 USD
05 IV. Epilogi (Epilogue) 06:44 $ 1.01 USD
  Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 29:07
06 I. Andantino quasi allegretto - Più animato e ritmico 07:27 $ 1.12 USD
07 II. Allegro molto 09:29 $ 1.42 USD
08 III. Andante cantabile 12:11 $ 1.83 USD
  Album total 62:56
ComposerLeiviskä, Helvi
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
ConductorStasevska, Dalia

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