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MADETOJA, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 / Okon Fuoko Suite (Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgårds)

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release date: March 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014


Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra


John Storgårds


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra



Helsinki Music Center, Finland


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 66:19
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MADETOJA, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 / Okon Fuoko Suite (Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgårds)

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Symphony No. 1 in F Major, Op. 29

1 I. Allegro 06:39
2 II. Lento misterioso 08:07
3 III. Finale: Allegro vivace 06:27

Symphony No. 3 in A Major, Op. 55

4 I. Andantino 07:22
5 II. Adagio 08:03
6 III. Allegro non troppo 09:00
7 IV. Pesante, tempo moderato - Allegretto 07:00

Okon Fuoko Suite, Op. 58

8 I. Okon Fuoko, the Dream Sorcerer 04:26
9 II. The Guests Arrive 02:30
10 III. Dance of the Puppets 02:31
11 IV. Dance of the Man and the Woman: Dance Grotesque 04:14
 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 John Storgårds Conductor

This new release completes Ondine’s recording cycle of Leevi Madetoja’s (1887-1947) symphonies. The album features his Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3, and an orchestral suite drawn from the Asian influenced ballet pantomime Okon Fuoko.

Leevi Madetoja, a contemporary of Jean Sibelius, found a voice for himself where the elegiac nature of the landscape and folk songs of his native province of Ostrobothnia merged with a French elegance. Madetoja’s First Symphony, premiered in 1916, reflects influences from Tchaikovsky and Sibelius but is a remarkably original achievement for a first venture into the genre.

 Madetoja’s Third Symphony found its genesis in France, where the composer travelled with his wife in spring 1925. In comparison to the first two symphonies, it has been considered more restrained and subtle, but also more nuanced, richer in content and more ambiguous in expression.

 Madetoja reveals a surprisingly modern aspect of himself as a composer in his orchestral suite from the ballet pantomime Okon Fuoko. The work, with clear affinities to Ravel and Prokofiev, demonstrate that new international trends in the 1920s did not pass Madetoja without leaving traces.

 John Storgårds, one of Finland’s exceptional artists, has taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. Since 2008, Storgårds has been Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012. The latest release of works by Rautavaara (ODE 1178-2), featuring Truls Mørk, Collin Currie, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds, received a Gramophone Award in 2012.

 This recording completes Ondine’s cycle of all the three symphonies by Madetoja with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds. The first release, containing the recording of Symphony No. 2, was released in January 2013.

                              **** (Excellent disc)       **** (Excellent sound)

Stéphane Friédérich - Classica magazine (France) -  June 2014

"...The Helsinki performances are a touch more energetic and colourful than those of their Icelandic rivals on Chandos."

David Fanning - Gramohone magazine - May 2014

 "... An exceptionally fine offering then, confirming Storgårds’s Ondine survey of Madetoja’s symphonies and orchestral works as the best available. Wonderful Stuff!"

Michael Jameson - International Record Review - May 2014

 "Madetoja, Sibelius’s pupil and firend, was a more intimate symphonist, especialy in his restrained First; the Third is more varies. Okon Fuoko’s cod-orientalism is less interesting, but Storgards conducts atmospherically." ****

Michael Scott Rohan - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) - May 2014

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