Leiviska - Orchestral Works Vol.1 | BIS BIS2701

Leiviska - Orchestral Works Vol.1


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2701

Barcode: 7318599927015

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th December 2023



Lahti Symphony Orchestra


Dalia Stasevska


Leiviska, Helvi

Orchestral Suite no.2, op.11
Sinfonia brevis, op.30
Symphony no.2, op.27


Lahti Symphony Orchestra


Dalia Stasevska


Conductor Dalia Stasevska, 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 (1902–1982), 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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