Erkki Melartin: Symphony no. 1 in Cm, op. 30

performed by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonid Grin (cover image by Hannu Keski Hakuni) Erik “Erkki” Gustaf Oskarsson Melartin was born on February 7, 1875 in Käkisalmi (or Kexholm in Swedish), which since 1948 is known as Priozersk (Приозе́рск) in Russia. He … Continue reading Erkki Melartin: Symphony no. 1 in Cm, op. 30

Concert Review: Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Taipei

Once in a while, there’s a thing that you look so forward to that you can’t even concentrate, the day seems to go by slowly, and you cannot wait for this thing you know will be so amazing to arrive. Perhaps it’s a dinner at a fancy restaurant, or a vacation, or some kind of meaningful thing; it’s different for everyone. But then when you get there and it starts happening, it’s more meaningful and powerful and enjoyable and moving than you had thought it could be. Even the highest of expectations were exceeded. Perhaps that sounds corny, but it’s … Continue reading Concert Review: Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Taipei

Kalevi Aho: symphony No. 2

This piece has been revisited, and an updated article has been written. Please read it here.  I’ll keep the original article (below) for posterity, but I would suggest reading the new article instead. performed by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä …and now for something completely different. I’ve been trying to get through all the works from the composers that I currently have, and that means I’ve been making the rounds with more familiar composers. Even though I haven’t posted things from Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Beethoven, or some of the other typical symphonies, it’s only because I’ve already listened to … Continue reading Kalevi Aho: symphony No. 2