Evening Dusk Serenade: Newly Discovered Finnish Works for Violin and Orchestra | Naxos 8579095

Evening Dusk Serenade: Newly Discovered Finnish Works for Violin and Orchestra

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8579095

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th September 2021



The repertoire of Finnish music for violin and orchestra is full of hidden gems, with a substantial amount of works remaining unperformed and unpublished. The music on this recording represents a style of light classical music that was popular from the 1930s to the 1960s but remains largely forgotten today. All of the composers represented here created highly lyrical and charming works, including Uuno Klami who, after Sibelius, is considered one of the most important composers in the history of Finnish music.

This unique collection sets out to introduce neglected wonders from Finland’s rich musical history to contemporary listeners. All of the pieces on this album are beautiful, easy to listen to, brilliantly composed and rewarding to play for both soloist and orchestra and, once heard, the surprise is that so many of these works have lain unperformed and unpublished for decades. They are worthy of interest not only to violinists, but to all lovers of good music.

All of these performances are world-premiere recordings and, with the exception of Godzinsky’s Valse gracieuse, Bergström’s Rakkausserenaadi (‘Love serenade’), which was used on the soundtrack for the Finnish film Niskavuoren naiset (‘The Women of Niskavuori’) and the two compositions by Heino Kaski, all are in unpublished manuscript form.

Founded in Helsinki in 1997, the Finnish chamber orchestra La Tempesta began its career as the festival orchestra of the Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival from 1998 to 2007. The ensemble subsequently performed at the Kimito Island Music Festival and Emäsalo Music Festival, among others, and has made three tours of Japan. The orchestra has premiered numerous new works by composers including Takashi Yoshimatsu, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Pablo Escande, Shinichiro Ikebe and Koichiro Mitsunaga.

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