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Title: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on December 22, 2008, 03:20:57 PM
Perhaps the most important Finnish composer after Sibelius (whom he pre-deceased) I don't seem to recall much discussion on Madetoja. All three symphonies are excellent in my view as is the Ostrobothnians Suite. Petri Sakari and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra provide excellent performances on Chandos. Arvo Volmer (who recorded the Tubin symphonies) also has recorded a Madetoja series on Alba with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra. He is a composer whose music I often return to. It is full of atmosphere, is moving in places and has a real feel for nature.

Any other admirers of Madetoja?
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Dundonnell on December 23, 2008, 09:24:34 AM
Will post later in this thread ;D
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on December 23, 2008, 10:04:20 AM
Will post later in this thread ;D

Thanks Colin,

Have been listening today to my favourite Madetoja CD. On the Alba label it has the only version I think of the moving "Tragic episode and Rapids shooting from the opera Juha" with Symphony No 2 (probably the best one) and the very enjoyable Ostrobothnians Suite (Volmer, Oulo SO). A great CD. There is a budget recording of the Symphony on Warner Apex. Probably the best starting point for Madetoja.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Christo on December 23, 2008, 02:36:32 PM
I do hope we will meet more than just some odd BSE here!  :D
(PS1: How come we all have been playing the music of the same composers, for so many years?)  ::)
(PS2: Will post later in this thread myself)  ;)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on December 23, 2008, 02:56:50 PM
I do hope we will meet more than just some odd BSE here!  :D

Sorry to disappoint you, Johan!  ;)

Fortunately Madetoja is a composer I still have to listen to...
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on December 23, 2008, 04:29:10 PM
I do hope we will meet more than just some odd BSE here!  :D
(PS1: How come we all have been playing the music of the same composers, for so many years?)  ::)
(PS2: Will post later in this thread myself)  ;)

Re Qu 1) Yes, it's most weird. A phenomena I have to grapple with. I will think about it  ;D


In the meantime here is some Madetoja on youtube:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mAvOLpCwu3M
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Dundonnell on December 23, 2008, 06:58:08 PM
I do hope we will meet more than just some odd BSE here!  :D
(PS1: How come we all have been playing the music of the same composers, for so many years?)  ::)
(PS2: Will post later in this thread myself)  ;)

"just some odd BSE.." ??? ::)

Not so much of that ;D  We are not "just some" of anything. Nor are we "odd"!

Can't speak for the rest of the human race though :)

As to your PS1 Question. I used to think that I was the only person in the world who had my particular musical tastes. Now I know differently, the world has suddenly become a lot smaller ;D
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Christo on December 24, 2008, 01:08:48 AM
"just some odd BSE.." ??? ::)

Not so much of that ;D  We are not "just some" of anything. Nor are we "odd"!

Please, don't take it too personal! How could I possibly have been referring to you?  ;)

As for Madetoja, my favourite disc still is - but I regret to say I only own one CD from the great Alba cycle with his complete orchestral output, and not the one Jeffrey seems to be cherishing - the one that introduced him for me. I mean Petri Sakari conducting the Icelandic SO on a Chandos CD with the Third Symphony, Okon Fuoko and Ostrobothnians Suites.

                   (http://www.sinfonia.is/uploads/files/4471BDDD4479.jpg)

Those early loves - back in 1994 or so this disc introduced me to a new composer with a performance that also convinced me of the qualities of the state of music-making in Iceland and which become a personal favourite - never die, as you all know.  :)

What I am curious about, is the Alba series under Arvo Volmer. I think I recall there are 5 CDs in total, but I only have one of them (have to dig out that one). Which Alba CDs should I consider buying as well?  ::)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Grazioso on December 24, 2008, 04:54:07 AM
Any other admirers of Madetoja?

Yes! His symphonies are a highlight of the early 20th-century symphonic literature and are unjustly forgotten. I have the cycles from Sakari on Chandos and Volmer on Alba and have gotten much pleasure from both. I could easily see these works becoming, in a more just world, standard repertory pieces: they're very tuneful, concise, well-structured, and have the added benefit of being substantially varied from one another. These works combine the best of Nordic and French musical qualities and should appeal to lovers of either.

A little info about him:

http://www.fennicagehrman.fi/comp_madetoja.htm
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: UB on December 24, 2008, 12:53:10 PM
I was introduced to Madetoja some 20 years ago through a beautifully recorded 3 LP set of his orchestral music with Segestam, Kamu, Rautio, and Panula conducting various orchestras. At the time I thought it was good for the period but nothing special. In reviewing again over the last few day I find I still feel the same.

If I was going to suggest a Finnish composer from that time it would be Aarre Merikanto. I think he some excellent music. Especially interesting is those pieces written during the 1920s. If it is still available Finlandia ACD 349 covers almost all the known music from this period.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on December 24, 2008, 06:07:22 PM
Please, don't take it too personal! How could I possibly have been referring to you?  ;)

As for Madetoja, my favourite disc still is - but I regret to say I only own one CD from the great Alba cycle with his complete orchestral output, and not the one Jeffrey seems to be cherishing - the one that introduced him for me. I mean Petri Sakari conducting the Icelandic SO on a Chandos CD with the Third Symphony, Okon Fuoko and Ostrobothnians Suites.

                   (http://www.sinfonia.is/uploads/files/4471BDDD4479.jpg)

Those early loves - back in 1994 or so this disc introduced me to a new composer with a performance that also convinced me of the qualities of the state of music-making in Iceland and which become a personal favourite - never die, as you all know.  :)

What I am curious about, is the Alba series under Arvo Volmer. I think I recall there are 5 CDs in total, but I only have one of them (have to dig out that one). Which Alba CDs should I consider buying as well?  ::)


Johan,

I'd suggest ABCD 132 as it has I think the only recording of the endearing 'Tragic episode and Rapids shooting scene from Juha' and a very good performance of the wonderful Symphony No 2. Having said that you can't go wrong with Sakari and the Iceland SO on Chandos.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on January 02, 2009, 08:56:38 AM
Madetoja's Ostrobothnians Suite would also be an excellent introduction to his music. The CD below on the Finlandia label is an excellent introduction to him:

Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on January 03, 2009, 11:30:19 AM
Have been listening to Symphony No 3. I had forgotten what a fine work it is - shows the influence of Sibelius, but also a gallic influence:

Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Christo on January 03, 2009, 11:59:33 AM

Johan,

I'd suggest ABCD 132 as it has I think the only recording of the endearing 'Tragic episode and Rapids shooting scene from Juha' and a very good performance of the wonderful Symphony No 2. Having said that you can't go wrong with Sakari and the Iceland SO on Chandos.

There is something funny about a title combining tragedy with rapids shooting.  8) At least, it cannot compete with e.g. Death and Transfiguration, Intimations of Immortality or Night Ride and Sunrise.  0:)

I hope to acquire the whole series, this being No. 1 in a series of which I only own No. 5. The Second Symphony is his best IMHO, and I love it especially for its wonderful first movement "solitude" (the shepherd boy's pastoral, a reference to Madetoja's own youth). And, of course, because of David Hurwitz' warm recommendation (http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=5636).

(http://www.classicstoday.com/images/coverpics/5636_coverpic.jpg)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on January 04, 2009, 09:42:57 AM
There is something funny about a title combining tragedy with rapids shooting.  8) At least, it cannot compete with e.g. Death and Transfiguration, Intimations of Immortality or Night Ride and Sunrise.  0:)

I hope to acquire the whole series, this being No. 1 in a series of which I only own No. 5. The Second Symphony is his best IMHO, and I love it especially for its wonderful first movement "solitude" (the shepherd boy's pastoral, a reference to Madetoja's own youth). And, of course, because of David Hurwitz' warm recommendation (http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=5636).

(http://www.classicstoday.com/images/coverpics/5636_coverpic.jpg)

Yes, it is a rather weird title I must say! I love the very end - epilogue type bit of Symphony No 2 - very moving, especially as it is dedicated to Madetoja's brother, Killed in the Finnish Civil War. It is my favourite too and I have been playing it a lot.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Dundonnell on January 04, 2009, 06:40:59 PM
I know that I promised to post on this thread and that I haven't done so yet ;D

I will....when I have time to refresh my memory of Madetoja's music and compare him with Melartin :)

New Year's celebrations and all that you know ;D
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Christo on January 05, 2009, 02:49:11 AM
Yes, it is a rather weird title I must say! I love the very end - epilogue type bit of Symphony No 2 - very moving, especially as it is dedicated to Madetoja's brother, Killed in the Finnish Civil War. It is my favourite too and I have been playing it a lot.

I could no longer withstand your plea: I ordered for a copy and will soon find out myself how the rapid shooting compares with the elegy for his brother.   :)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on January 05, 2009, 06:08:16 AM
I could no longer withstand your plea: I ordered for a copy and will soon find out myself how the rapid shooting compares with the elegy for his brother.   :)

The rapid shooting is just great  :)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Dundonnell on January 05, 2009, 10:26:15 AM
Just listened again to the Chandos version of the 3rd Symphony coupled with The Ostrobothnians Suite, the Okon Fuoko Suite No.1 and the Comedy Overture.

I like The Ostrobothnians Suite; it is colourful, attractive music. The Symphony, on the other hand, made little impression on me, I fear.
Pleasant music-no doubt-but ultimately unmemorable to my ears. A certain undeniable Gallic charm but no bite, not enough sinew to the music for my tastes :(

I shall give the 2nd Symphony a go later and report back. I shall also give my Melartin symphonies another listen. If I recall correctly they made more impression on me.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on January 05, 2009, 12:02:33 PM
Just listened again to the Chandos version of the 3rd Symphony coupled with The Ostrobothnians Suite, the Okon Fuoko Suite No.1 and the Comedy Overture.

I like The Ostrobothnians Suite; it is colourful, attractive music. The Symphony, on the other hand, made little impression on me, I fear.
Pleasant music-no doubt-but ultimately unmemorable to my ears. A certain undeniable Gallic charm but no bite, not enough sinew to the music for my tastes :(

I shall give the 2nd Symphony a go later and report back. I shall also give my Melartin symphonies another listen. If I recall correctly they made more impression on me.

I'll be interested to hear what you make of Symphony No 2.A great work in my view.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Harry on January 05, 2009, 12:15:34 PM
Madetoja of course, I have the Chandos releases, and some on Finlandia. In general I like this composer, but I have to listen to it again, for I am pretty sure that was a long time ago.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on January 06, 2009, 04:20:28 AM
Try Symphony No 2 and 'Tragic scene and rapids shooting' if you have it.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Dundonnell on January 07, 2009, 10:58:27 AM
Having now had a chance to listen to the Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 I can say that I prefer both to No.3. No.1 seems very much in thrall to Sibelius but No.2 is indeed a fine work and-I would reckon-probably Madetoja's masterpiece: a most impressive symphony(as Jeffrey said :))
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: schweitzeralan on January 22, 2009, 05:42:01 AM
Perhaps the most important Finnish composer after Sibelius (whom he pre-deceased) I don't seem to recall much discussion on Madetoja. All three symphonies are excellent in my view as is the Ostrobothnians Suite. Petri Sakari and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra provide excellent performances on Chandos. Arvo Volmer (who recorded the Tubin symphonies) also has recorded a Madetoja series on Alba with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra. He is a composer whose music I often return to. It is full of atmosphere, is moving in places and has a real feel for nature.

Any other admirers of Madetoja?

Madetoja was fairly prolific, and I have many recordings of this Finnish master. I believe that his three symphonies are excellent.  the 2nd in particular is a masterpiece.  Influences for the most part are quite Sibelian, which is personally fine with me.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: abidoful on August 04, 2010, 11:37:24 AM
Madetoja is truly one of my favorites, a fine musical personality. His quiet, introspective character and sort of veiled, mildly sensual beauty and his strong sense of harmony appealed to me right from the start. He studied for a short time with Sibelius, and formed with Toivo kuula (who was shot at thirty five, in 1918) what is sometimes called "the Ostrobothnian school". Of them Kuula was more fiery in temperament, Madetoja more elegiac and reflective. He is highly regarded here in Finland.

I like The Ostrobothnians Suite; it is colourful, attractive music. The Symphony, on the other hand, made little impression on me, I fear.
Pleasant music-no doubt-but ultimately unmemorable to my ears. A certain undeniable Gallic charm but no bite, not enough sinew to the music for my tastes :(

I shall give the 2nd Symphony a go later and report back. I shall also give my Melartin symphonies another listen. If I recall correctly they made more impression on me.
Madetoja indeed hasn't much bite,  he's not bity :) In my experience his music opens quite slowly, little like Faures,but when it does it reveals  many fine qualities. IMHO he's much better composer than Melartin, in totally different league. You might like his ballet-pantomime OKON FUOKO, his most astonishing, exotic and colourful work. Little similar to middle period  Szymanowski I guess.

There is something funny about a title combining tragedy with rapids shooting.  8)
That's becouse it's actually a part of his opera, JUHA (combining the first act prelude with  the orchestral interlude from the same act)- IMO one of his greatest and finest works. It's one of my favorite operas, combining delicate and flexible word -painting (a'la Pelleas et Melisande) to a  profound tragedy. He was the first truly succesfull finnish opera composer, though  composed only two operas, this one and the earlier  POHJOLAISIA (THE OSTROBOTHNIANS). Both are available on cd. Highly recommended!
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 12, 2012, 08:46:38 PM
Have been listening again to the fine 'Tragic episode and Rapids shooting' from Juha (sounds like a metaphor for my life  ;D). A truly wonderful score (in 12 minutes) and now I'm back on the symphonies. The deeply felt No 2 remains my favourite but I enjoy them all.  Madetoja is a fine composer in my view and more deserving of attention.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: calyptorhynchus on May 13, 2012, 08:26:00 PM
As his music has been recommended by so many here I better try it.

I note from his Wikipedia page that Madetoja's fourth symphony was completed and scored, but was stolen in a briefcase from a Paris station in 1938.

I remember that Herbert Howells lost a major work in similar circumstances, and so too did Havergal Brian (his first Violin Concerto). It must have been an occupational hazard for composers in those days.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Mirror Image on May 13, 2012, 09:37:47 PM
I like The Ostrobothnians Suite; it is colourful, attractive music. The Symphony, on the other hand, made little impression on me, I fear.
Pleasant music-no doubt-but ultimately unmemorable to my ears. A certain undeniable Gallic charm but no bite, not enough sinew to the music for my tastes :(

This is my impression of Madetoja as well. The music is very pleasant and, in many cases, breathtakingly beautiful, but, like you said, there's just not enough bite in the music. At least with Sibelius, you get some gritty darkness (a la Symphony No. 4). I don't hear any of this in Madetoja's music. I don't hear any tragedy or heartbreak. I own the 2-CD set on Chandos and I haven't really felt the need to explore any further. I wonder if the Volmer/Alba recordings could change my view of the music? Anyone want to comment on the differences between the Chandos and Alba recordings? I know the Chandos recordings don't have that great of audio quality. They lack clarity and I usually like Chandos' audio quality but I thought they dropped the ball on these recordings.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 14, 2012, 05:47:05 AM
As his music has been recommended by so many here I better try it.

I note from his Wikipedia page that Madetoja's fourth symphony was completed and scored, but was stolen in a briefcase from a Paris station in 1938.

I remember that Herbert Howells lost a major work in similar circumstances, and so too did Havergal Brian (his first Violin Concerto). It must have been an occupational hazard for composers in those days.

That's very interesting as the CD notes say that ill health prevented him from writing a 4th Symphony.  It would be great if it turned up!
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 14, 2012, 05:52:30 AM
This is my impression of Madetoja as well. The music is very pleasant and, in many cases, breathtakingly beautiful, but, like you said, there's just not enough bite in the music. At least with Sibelius, you get some gritty darkness (a la Symphony No. 4). I don't hear any of this in Madetoja's music. I don't hear any tragedy or heartbreak. I own the 2-CD set on Chandos and I haven't really felt the need to explore any further. I wonder if the Volmer/Alba recordings could change my view of the music? Anyone want to comment on the differences between the Chandos and Alba recordings? I know the Chandos recordings don't have that great of audio quality. They lack clarity and I usually like Chandos' audio quality but I thought they dropped the ball on these recordings.

I prefer the Alba as they seem to have greater depth.  For me the all time great Madetoja CD (in blurry image below) is the Alba one which includes 'Tragic Episode and Rapids Shooting from Juha' and a great performance of Symphony No 2, which I find both powerful and genuinely moving (dedicated to his brother killed in the Finnish Civil War).  The Epilogue is particularly touching.  I wouldn't give up on Madetoja until you have heard that disc.  Also, I think that Colin was referring to Symphony No 1 in his message above and he thought much more highly of symphonies 2 and 3. I enjoy the Chandos recordings too.

Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Mirror Image on May 14, 2012, 07:05:31 AM
I prefer the Alba as they seem to have greater depth.  For me the all time great Madetoja CD (in blurry image below) is the Alba one which includes 'Tragic Episode and Rapids Shooting from Juha' and a great performance of Symphony No 2, which I find both powerful and genuinely moving (dedicated to his brother killed in the Finnish Civil War).  The Epilogue is particularly touching.  I wouldn't give up on Madetoja until you have heard that disc.  Also, I think that Colin was referring to Symphony No 1 in his message above and he thought much more highly of symphonies 2 and 3. I enjoy the Chandos recordings too.



Thanks for the feedback, Jeffrey. Yes, I shouldn't give up Madetoja. His music is beautiful and I guess at the time of listening to the music I wasn't accepting it on it's own terms, which is not the same mistake I plan on making next time around. I'll check out the Volmer recordings.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 16, 2012, 11:20:37 AM
Thanks for the feedback, Jeffrey. Yes, I shouldn't give up Madetoja. His music is beautiful and I guess at the time of listening to the music I wasn't accepting it on it's own terms, which is not the same mistake I plan on making next time around. I'll check out the Volmer recordings.

Thanks John - I think that the emotion is sometimes understated, but still deeply felt with Madetoja.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: rw1883 on July 05, 2012, 08:07:01 PM
Just finished listening to this twofer:



I really liked all of the works, but I felt the interpretations and sound to be a bit underwhelming (with a couple of exceptions: Kullervo Overture and the Okon Fuoko suite).  I'm hoping the Volmer would be boxed when completed.  In the meantime, is the Sakari worth it?
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Mirror Image on July 05, 2012, 08:08:57 PM
I'm hoping the Volmer would be boxed when completed.

Don't hold your breath...
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on July 09, 2012, 12:20:31 PM
Just finished listening to this twofer:


 In the meantime, is the Sakari worth it?

Definitely I think. Especially as the complete symphonies are on a very inexpensive Chandos twofer.

Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Wanderer on July 09, 2012, 11:21:32 PM
Definitely I think. Especially as the complete symphonies are on a very inexpensive Chandos twofer.



Seconded.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: rw1883 on July 10, 2012, 05:51:04 AM
Seconded.

Thanks for the advice!  I've added it to my next purchase...
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on July 10, 2012, 07:43:01 AM
Thanks for the advice!  I've added it to my next purchase...

You wont regret it - this set was my way into these fine symphonies.

The 'Tragic Episode/Rapids Shooting' on Alba is essential Madetoja listening too.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Brian on January 02, 2013, 01:37:35 PM
New this month on Ondine: John Storgards and the Helsinki Philharmonic perform the Symphony No 2, an elegy, and Kullervo.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: jlaurson on July 24, 2016, 01:47:35 AM

Latest on Forbes:


Classical CD Of The Week: Madetoja -- Kullervo Without Sibelius

(http://blogs-images.forbes.com/jenslaurson/files/2016/07/Forbes_Classical-CD-of-the-Week_Warner-Apex_MADETOJA_Orchestral-Works_Laurson-1200-1200x469.jpg) (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenslaurson/2016/07/13/classical-cd-of-the-week-madetoja-kullervo-without-sibelius/#5afb58c47fcf)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on February 26, 2017, 04:23:54 AM
Just thought I'd bump up this thread. I'm having a bit of a 'Madetoja weekend' having listened right through the Petri Sakari Chandos two CD set I'm now listening to the Segerstam/Rautio/Sarasate cycle on the Finlandia 'Meet the Composer' double CD set. Although Symphony two is the best I like symphonies 1 and 3 very much as well. Although writing in something of a conservative idiom I think that Madetoja and Klami are my two favourite Finnish composers after Sibelius, much as I like Rautavaara and Kokkonen as well. The Madetoja symphonies are conservative sounding but they are not without depth and slumbering power.

Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 19, 2017, 10:21:08 PM
I realise I'm responding to my own message here (not that unusual actually  ::) 8)) but I've been really enjoying symphonies 1 and 2 on the same Chandos CD. I'm getting to appreciate Symphony 1 in particular. It is in places a rather dark, atmospheric work but elsewhere cheerful and uplifting. I'm sure that having been lucky enough to go to Finland and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery of lakes and forests makes me appreciate this music even more:


By the way, the original Chandos issue featuring symphonies 1 and 2 with a fine painting on the front, booklet containing a photo of the gloomy looking composer as well as detailed notes is available on Amazon UK for under £3.00 which is incredibly cheap. I can't get the photo to appear but will do a link:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Madetoja-Syms-1-2-Various/dp/B000000AQM/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1495265102&sr=1-2&keywords=madetoja
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: Christo on May 22, 2017, 10:17:00 AM
By the way, the original Chandos issue featuring symphonies 1 and 2 with a fine painting on the front, booklet containing a photo of the gloomy looking composer as well as detailed notes is available on Amazon UK for under £3.00 which is incredibly cheap. I can't get the photo to appear
 
(https://www.chandos.net/artwork/CH9115.jpg)(http://www.fennicagehrman.fi/fileadmin/tiedostot/composers/Madetoja__Leevi/Madetoja_web.jpg) ;)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 22, 2017, 11:42:42 AM
 
(https://www.chandos.net/artwork/CH9115.jpg)(http://www.fennicagehrman.fi/fileadmin/tiedostot/composers/Madetoja__Leevi/Madetoja_web.jpg) ;)
That's the one! Thank you.  ;)
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: SymphonicAddict on May 03, 2019, 07:37:32 PM
(https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/110/MI0001110592.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)

I've had this composer a bit forgotten lately, so I remedied that by listening to his ballet Okon Fuoko. By judging for either the thematics, the name of the work or the cover art, one already detects that the music has a restrained nature, and certainly it is. Atmospheric, ritualistic, mystical, intimate and exotic are some adjectives that came to my mind when listened to this. It's not the typical ballet with soaring melodies, with full display of orchestral forces (though there are some intense passages in this work) or impassionate love themes, but it was worth listening, something different and deep to some extent.
Title: Re: Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Post by: vandermolen on May 03, 2019, 09:12:47 PM
This is my favourite Madetoja single CD for the wonderful 'Tragic episode and Rapids shooting from the opera Juha' (it packs in a great deal in under twelve minutes - a haunting, moving and poetic work) and the epic Symphony 2 as well as the Ostrobothnian Suite:
(http://)