Jakub Józef Orliński

Jakub Józef Orliński
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor. Photo by M. Sharkey

Friday, November 11, 2016

Katarina Leyman: Solar Flares – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1080p)

The Sun, the bringer of life can be looked upon from many angles. The orchestral piece Solar Flares is mainly an interpretation of the physical object, the sun with attempts to capture the image of the Corona, its structure and constant activity and transfer it into music.

I've been inspired by solar events such as Sunspots, Faculaes, and the Solar Wind that reaches far out in the Universe and most of all by Solar Flares, that has lent the piece its name and that can be violent jet ejections or smaller quicker flares and that sometimes make the most fantastic curves reminding of enormous handles.

My Sun, the dynamo in its most mature phase, is a positive force and life bringer. As an antithesis to this one can emagine a black hole, a dead sun, a destructive force that sucks the energy out of everything that comes its way. Here is a link to Bluebeard who could be imaged as a black hole and maybe then the love between Romeo and Juliet could be likened by the newly born sun, a positive force with a destructive potential.

Katarina Leyman

Υπό τη διεύθυνση του ταχύτατα ανερχόμενου Φινλανδού μαέστρου Santtu-Matias Rouvali, η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ ερμηνεύει το έργο "Solar Flares" (Ηλιακές Εκλάμψεις) της βραβευμένης Σουηδής συνθέτριας Katarina Leyman, το οποίο παρουσιάστηκε για πρώτη φορά στο Φεστιβάλ της Βαλτικής Θάλασσας το 2010. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής του Γκέτεμποργκ στις 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016.

Katarina Leyman (b. 1963)

♪ Solar Flares (2010)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Gothenburg Concert Hall, September 22, 2016

(HD 1080p)

Photo by Henrik Sundling
The Swedish composer Katarina Leyman (b. 1963), originally from the Island Orust on the west coast of Sweden, now lives and works in Stockholm. She studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 2002-2005. During the years 1989-1995 she studied in Boston, USA where she took a Master's degree in composition at New England Conservatory of Music 1995 and dual Bachelor degrees in composition and film music composition at Berklee College of Music 1993.

Apart from music, art has always been important to her and for a period of years Katarina studied painting and sculpture at different art schools in Stockholm. Color and texture, shape and movement are often starting points, and form-building elements in her music with the attempt to transfer the various dimensions to music. Ideas for compositions can come from various natural phenomena such as fish moving in shoals, DNA chains, water molecules, volcanic activity and clouds. An early inspiration and way in to the modern and abstract art expression, was her father, the sculptor Fred Leyman's airy and rhythmic, often monumental compositions of stainless steel, iron and wood.

Katarina often work in close collaboration with various musicians and compose predominantly orchestral and chamber music. Her music has been performed in Europe, Russia and the Americas, and has been presented at music festivals such as the Saxå Chamber Music jubilee festival 2015, Sweden; the  Brass festival Signal 2014 in Gävle, Sweden; Nordic Music Days Reykjavik 2011, Iceland; ISCM World New Music days Zagreb 2011, Croatia and the Baltic Sea Festival 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden.

From July 2012 to June 2015 Katarina was appointed Composer in Residence for the Norrlandsopera symphony orchestra (NO), Umeå, Sweden. The assignment included composing three large-scale and one shorter orchestral work. The last commission as composer in residence was the Concerto for Orchestra: An Odyssey premiered in Umeå November 26th 2015 with the orchestra conducted by Daniel Cohen. A Clarinet Concerto: Verdure was premiered November 27th 2014 by the clarinettist Stefan Harg and the orchestra conducted by Damian Iorio. The concerto was nominated for the Swedish Music Publishers Association Award 2015 in the orchestra category. The first commission Transient Skies an orchestral piece in four movements, was premiered September 2012 by the orchestra conducted by Joana Carneiro; Transient Skies was nominated for The Swedish Music Publishers Association Award 2013 in the orchestra category. King of Clouds, the first part of Transient Skies won the second prize in the "All Russian Composers Competition named after Andrey Petrov", in St. Petersburg, Grand Hall September 19th 2014.

Other orchestral works are: Roller Coaster: Super 8 premiered in January 2014 by NO and Rumon Gamba, commissioned by the Norrlandsopera for Beethoven & Beyond, Umeå - European Capital of Culture 2014; Solar Flares, commissioned by SR Berwaldhallen for the Baltic Sea Festival 2010, premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Streams premiered in June 2006 at the Stockholm Concert Hall by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Bartosch.

Examples of chamber music are I skymningen (In the Twilight) for flute, viola, harp and contrabass (2015) for the Saxå Chamber music festival 2015; a Weave of Threads for piano trio (2014) commissioned by the Phoenix Concerts NYC; Fata Morgana for brass quintet (2014) commissioned by Musik Gävleborg for the Brass festival Signal Gävle 2014; Abandoned Places for chamber ensemble (2013) commissioned by KammarensembleN, Stockholm; the String quartet No.2, Friction (2013) commissioned by the Swedish Radio P2; Swarms for 7 musicians (2011), commissioned by Birgitta Tollan, representing Sweden in the international music competition Rostrum 2012; Färger (Colors) (2008) commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet; Vattenklanger for soprano, clarinet and piano 2010; and several duos and solo pieces such as Crepúscolo for soprano and piano (2015) text Alfonsina Storni, Embroideries, 5 pieces for piano solo (2015) and Tre Faser for bassett clarinet (2008)

Source: katarinaleyman.com

Photo by Teppo Moilanen
Santtu-Matias Rouvali (b. 1985) is a Finnish conductor and percussionist. From a family of musicians, Rouvali's parents played in the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. He is the youngest of the three sons in his family. One of his older brothers died in a car accident at age 23.

Rouvali learned percussion as a youngster, and continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy. Rouvali completed in the Eurovision Young Soloists Finnish qualifier in 2004 as a percussionist. As a percussionist, he performed with such orchestras as the Mikkeli City Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. At age 22, he focused more on studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy, where his teachers included Jorma Panula, Leif Segerstam and Hannu Lintu.

In September 2009, Rouvali guest-conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as an emergency substitute conductor. He first guest-conducted the Tapiola Sinfonietta in November 2010. Later in the same month, the Tapiola Sinfonietta named Rouvali an artist-in-association with the orchestra, effective September 2011, with an agreement of 3 years.

Rouvali first guest-conducted the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2010. He subsequently returned as a guest conductor in December 2011. In September 2012, the orchestra announced the appointment of Rouvali as its chief conductor, effective with the 2013-2014 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. His current Tampere contract is through 2019.

Outside of Finland, Rouvali first guest-conducted the Copenhagen Philharmonic in November 2011. He subsequently became principal guest conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic with the 2013-2014 season. In August 2014, Rouvali made his first guest-conducting appearance with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO). In May 2016, the GSO announced the appointment of Rouvali as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 4 years.

Rouvali has made commercial recordings with the Oulu Philharmonic Orchestra for Ondine, and with the Tampere Philharmonic for Orfeo.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Σε όσους παρακολουθούν στενότερα την καλλιτεχνική και ιδιαίτερα τη μουσική ζωή όχι μόνο των σκανδιναβικών χωρών αλλά γενικότερα της Ευρώπης, το όνομα του νεαρού αρχιμουσικού είναι αρκετά γνωστό, καθώς ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali θεωρείται αυτή τη στιγμή το μεγαλύτερο ίσως ταλέντο στον κόσμο, στον τομέα της μουσικής διεύθυνσης.

Ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali είναι σήμερα μουσικός διευθυντής της Φιλαρμονικής Ορχήστρας του Τάμπερε, μιας πόλης της νότιας Φινλανδίας, καθώς επίσης και επισκέπτης αρχιμουσικός της ιστορικής Φιλαρμονικής της Κοπεγχάγης, ενώ συχνά καλείται να διευθύνει πολύ γνωστά και σπουδαία μουσικά σύνολα όπως την Ορχήστρα Φιλαρμόνια του Λονδίνου, τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Γαλλικής Ραδιοφωνίας και τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Φινλανδικής Ραδιοφωνίας. Τα προσεχή του σχέδια περιλαμβάνουν συναυλίες με τη Φιλαρμονική του Λος Άντζελες, την Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin και την Ορχήστρα της Μινεσότα.

Σχολιάζοντας την ανακοίνωση του διορισμού του στη θέση του μουσικού διευθυντή της Εθνικής Ορχήστρας της Σουηδίας, η οποία είναι περισσότερο γνωστή ως Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ, ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali δήλωσε: «Είμαι περήφανος που ακολουθώ τα χνάρια των προηγούμενων μεγάλων μουσικών διευθυντών της Συμφωνικής Ορχήστρας του Γκέτεμποργκ, όπως των Neeme Järvi, Mario Venzago και Gustavo Dudamel. Έχω απολαύσει μερικές εκπληκτικές συναυλίες με την ορχήστρα αυτή και ανυπομονώ να συνεργαστώ με όλους αυτούς τους υπέροχους μουσικούς. Η Φινλανδία και η Σουηδία έχουν η κάθε χώρα πολύ πλούσιο μουσικό πολιτισμό, κι αυτός είναι ένας ακόμη λόγος για τον οποίον ανυπομονώ να φέρω το καλύτερο και των δύο αυτών μουσικών πολιτισμών στο Γκέτεμποργκ αλλά και στις διεθνείς περιοδείες μας».

Ο Sten Cranner, γενικός και καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής της Συμφωνικής Ορχήστρας του Γκέτεμποργκ, δήλωσε ότι ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali εκπροσωπεί σήμερα ό,τι πιο φρέσκο και μοναδικό ως μαέστρος, καθώς φέρνει τα πολυτιμότερα δύο κόσμων: τη μουσική σκανδιναβική παράδοση, με την οποία είναι συνδεδεμένη η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ, και τον δυναμισμό της νεότητάς του. «Πιστεύω ακράδαντα ότι ο Rouvali αντιπροσωπεύει αυτό το οποίο είναι το μέλλον στον κόσμο της κλασικής μουσικής. Είμαι βέβαιος ότι θα διαμορφώσει και θα εξελίξει την Ορχήστρα με τη διορατικότητά του και την καλλιτεχνική λάμψη του».

Τα πρώτα και πολύ ενδιαφέροντα σχέδια του Santtu-Matias Rouvali, περιλαμβάνουν μία περιοδεία στις πρωτεύουσες των σκανδιναβικών χωρών, με την κορυφαία Γαλλίδα πιανίστρια Ελέν Γκριμό.

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See also

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – All the posts

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – All the posts

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