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Finnish Violin Music

By Annemarie Astrom

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By Annemarie Astrom, Atte Kilpelainen, Tiina Karakorpi, Tomas Nunez-Garces, and Ulla Lampela. By Helvi Leiviska, Erkki Melartin (1875-1937), and Vaino Raitio (1891-1945). Classical. CD. Alba Records #ABCD 410. Published by Alba Records (NX.ABCD-410).

Item Number: NX.ABCD-410

What kind of violin music was composed in the 1920s, in the shadow of Sibelius? The works on this release well illustrates the musical styles prevailing at the time. The Piano Trio by Helvi Leiviska represents late-Romantic style, the String Trio by Erkki Melartin National-Romanticism, and the pieces for violin and piano by Vaino Raitio Modernism. Of the three composers, Raitio was the most radical. He sought ideas in the new musical trends - both Impressionism as much as Expressionism - with an open mind, but Finnish audiences of the 1920s were not yet ready for his modern, colourful idiom. His orchestral Antigone composed that decade received crushing reviews and earned him a reputation for being a 'difficult', Modernist composer; this is one reason why his works have seldom been performed. Both Leiviska and Raitio works are World Premiere Recordings.

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