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Towards Independence

Donald Macleod explores the National Romantic movement in Finland through the music of Sibelius's contemporaries, Kuula and Madetoja.

Donald Macleod looks at the National Romantic movement in Finland through the music of two of Sibelius' contemporaries, Kuula and Madetoja, who both drew on folksong in their works. And with the help of Tim Howell, author of 'After Sibelius', he explores a recent opera which deals with the events of 1907, as Finland elected its first parliament.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia - hymn tune, arr. misc. for mixed chorus [from the symphonic poem]

    Conductor: Erkki POHJOLA Performer: Tapiola Children's Choir

    • BIS.
    • CD-94.
  • Toivo Kuula

    Piano Trio in A Op.7

    • BIS.
    • CD56.
  • Toivo Kuula

    Kuolemattomuuden toivo [Hope of Immortality] Op.15 for choir

    Performer: Juha UUSITALO - Baritone

    • ALBA.
    • ABCD-264.
  • Aulis Sallinen

    Punainen viiva [The Red Line] Op.2

    Performer: Jorma HYNNINEN - Baritone Performer: Taru VALJAKKA - Soprano

    • Finlandia.
    • FACD102.
  • Leevi Madetoja

    Pohjalaisia [The Ostrobothnians] - suite

    Conductor: Jukka-Pekka SARASTE Performer: Finnish Radio Orchestra

    • FINLANDIA.
    • 4509-96867 2.

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