Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. Weeknights at seven.

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. Weeknights at seven.

This week Bill explores music from Finland and the Baltic Region. 

Many of us know and love the work of Sibelius, Finland’s greatest musical export, but the countries around the Gulf of Finland have given us a wealth of composers, some better known than others. This week’s theme is music from this land of lakes and islands — isolated, self-contained, and full of beauty. Composers like Erkki Melartin, Leevi Madetoja, Heino Eller, and Arvo Pärt, working in the long shadow of Sibelius, created violin concertos, symphonies, tone poems, choral works, and chamber works. So, what is it that fascinates us about this distant northern region? Perhaps we will sum it up best with a fantastic piece by Uuno Klami called Aurora Borealis.

PLAYLIST Monday 7/6/20

0:00:00 3:19
Haapalainen,Vanio
Fidler’s Portrait
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Okko Kamu
Aurora Borealis
Ondine ODE9372

0:05:19 3:09
Järnefelt,Armas
Berceuse for Small Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen
A Nordic Festival
Sony 46668

0:08:27 2:30
Järnefelt,Armas
Preludium
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ulf Soederblom
Armas JÄRNEFELT (1869-1958)
STERLING CDS1021-2

0:12:39 1:51
Melartin,Erkki
Mirjamin Laulu 1
Karita Mattila, soprano; Ilmo Ranta, piano
Excellence – The Artistry of Karita Mattila
Ondine 1054

0:15:44 11:48
Merikanto,Oskar
Pan (Symphonic Poem)
RSO/Segerstam
Best of by Oskar Merikanto
Finlandia 349

0:29:06 20:00
Melartin,Erkki
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 60:
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante assai tranquillo
John Storgards, violin; Tampere Philharmonic/Leif Segerstam
Violin Concerto • Sleeping Beauty Suite • Lyric Suite No. 3
Ondine 923-2

0:50:19 4:10
Melartin,Erkki
Lyric Suite No.3, “Impressions de Belgique,”
V. Les Cloches
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam
Violin Concerto • Sleeping Beauty Suite • Lyric Suite No. 3
Ondine 923-2

0:54:58 1:52
Mustonen,Olli
Petite Suite: Pastorale Tapiola Sinfonietta/Mustonen
Triple Concerto | Petit Suite | Nonets 1 & 2
Ondine 974-2

PLAYLIST Tuesday 7/7/20

0:00:48 6:02
Melartin,Erkki
Symphony No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 90, “Sinfonia Brevis”:
III. Intermezzo: Allegro Moderato Tampere
Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonid Grin
The Six Symphonies
Ondine ODE 931-2

0:07:38 4:50
Englund,Einar
Symphony No. 4 for Strings and Percussion:
II. Tempus fugit
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leif Segerstam
Finnish Flute Concertos
Finlandia Records ?– 4509-95861-2

0:13:38 9:16
Englund,Einar
The White Reindeer, Suite for Orchestra:
I.Overture
III. Reindeer Race
IV. Funeral March
V. Finale
Lahti Symphony/Osmo Vanska Finlandia – A Festival of Finnish Music BIS-CD-575

0:24:25 2:24
Englund,Einar
The Great Wall of China Suite: VII. Jazz-intermezzo
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Eri Klas
The Great Wall Of China, Symphonies 4 & 5
Ondine ?– ODE 961-2

0:27:30 9:21 Kokkonen,Joonas Il Paesaggio
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vanska
Joonas Kokkonen: Durch Einen Spiegel; Wind Quintet; Sinfonia da Camera
Il Paesaggio
BIS CD 528

0:37:37 18:35
Klami,Uuno
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Op. 38
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Storgards
Uuno Klami – Northern Lights, Kalevala Suite & Cheremissian Fantasy Ondine ODE11432

PLAYLIST Wednesday 7/8/20

0:01:27 6:38
Madetoja,Leevi
Symphony #1 in F, Op. 29, III. Finale: Allegro Vivace
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds
Madetoja: Symphonies Nos. 1/ 3
Ondine 1211-2

0:09:53 7:10
Madetoja,Leevi
Symphony #3 in A, Op. 55, IV. Pesante, Tempo Moderato, Allegretto
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra /John Storgårds
Madetoja: Symphonies Nos. 1/ 3
Ondine 1211-2

0:19:03 12:33
Rautavaara,Einojuhani
Suite for Strings,
I. Presto
II. Andante
III. Vivace Assai (Alla Giga)
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/
Juha Kangas Rautavaara – The 8 Symphonies
Ondine 991-2

0:32:58 8:53
Salonen,Esa-Pekka
Violin Concerto,
II. Pulse 1
III. Pulse 2
Leila Josefowicz, violin; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen
Out of Nowhere: Violin Concerto / Nyx
DG B0017521-02

0:43:06 12:39 Lindberg, Magnus Gustaf Adolf
Parada for orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen
The Music of Magnus Lindberg: Cantigas/ Cello Concerto/ Parada/ Fresco
Sony 89810

0:56:37 2:31
Madetoja,Leevi
Okon Fuoko, The Dream Sorcerer Suite, Op. 58, 3. Dance of The Puppets (excerpt)
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds
Madetoja: Symphonies Nos. 1/3
Ondine 1211-2

PLAYLIST Thursday 7/9/20

0:05:29 5:30
Dvarionas,Balys
Elegie for Violin & String Orchestra Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Gidon Kremer
From My Home
Teldec 063014654-2

0:10:57 2:04
Plakidis,P?teris
Two Grasshopper Dances for solo violin.
I. Sad Dance
II. Happy Dance
Gidon Kremer, violin
From My Home
Teldec 063014654-2

0:14:29 21:34
Vasks,Peteris
Symphony for Strings, “Stimmen”
ll. Stimmen Des Lebens
IIl. Stimme Des Gewissens
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestar/Juha Kangas
Stimmen and other Baltic Works for String Orchestra, Vol. 1
Finlandia 450997892-2

0:37:59 3:43
Barkauskas, Vytautas
Partita for Violin Solo,
Praludium;
Scherzo;
Epilog
Gidon Kremer, violin
From My Home
Teldec 063014654-2

0:42:41 14:30
Vasks,P?teris
Musica Dolorosa Marc Francoux, cello; Gidon Kremer, violin Deutsche
Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
From My Home
Teldec 063014654-2

PLAYLIST Friday 7/10/20

0:01:18 8:16
Eller,Heino
Tone Poem, “Dawn”
Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
RSNO / Jarvi – Music From Estonia, Vol. 1
Chandos 8525

0:10:48 9:55
Tubin,Eduard
Symphony No.5, Allegro energico
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi Symphony No. 5 / Suite from The Ballet “Kratt”
Bis 306

0:21:22 4:58
Tubin,Eduard
Suite from the ballet ‘Kratt’ Introduction
Peasant Dance
Dance of the Goblin
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Symphony No. 5 / Suite from The Ballet “Kratt”
Bis 306

0:28:58 4:01
Tormis,Veljo
Crosswind
Svanholm Singers Tormis/Sofia Soderberg Eberhard
VELJO TORMIS: WORKS FOR MEN’S VOICES
Toccata Classics 73

0:34:07 3:45
Tormis,Veljo
Men’s Songs, Vol. 1 No. 5:
Song of the Turkish War
No. 8: Dancing Song
Svanholm Singers/Sofia Soderberg Eberhard
VELJO TORMIS: WORKS FOR MEN’S VOICES
Toccata Classics 73

0:39:30 11:03
Pärt,Arvo
Fratres
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Gidon Kremer, violin
From My Home
Teldec 063014654-2

0:51:18 3:29
Eespere,René
Trivium (excerpt)
Camerata Tallinn
Northern Lights: Music of Contemplation for a New Age
Finlandia 11421-2

0:54:44 1:29
Sisask,Urmas
Maja (from Starry Sky Cycle)
Lauri Väinmaa
Northern Lights: Music of Contemplation for a New Age
Finlandia 11421-2

0:57:08 1:52
Pärt,Arvo
Spiegel im Spiegel
Daniel Hope & Simon Mulligan Shostakovich: Violin Sonata
Nimbus 5631