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A journey beyond the symphonies


Naxos has started to release a major series of recordings by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Leif Segerstam exploring Sibelius’s less familiar orchestral music.

The discs will be released at the rate of one per month until November 2015, and the repertoire includes a wide range of rarely heard music: original versions of theatre scores and some of Sibelius’s rarest independent orchestral pieces.

The programmes for the six discs are planned as follows:

Overture in A minor; Kuolema (complete), Two Songs from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; King Christian II (complete)
Soloists: Pia Pajala, Waltteri Torikka

Overture in E major; Scène de ballet; Belshazzar’s Feast; Cortège; Menuetto; Processional

Pélleas et Mélisande; Musik zu einer Scène; Three Pièces, Op. 96; Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin
(Soloists: Pia Pajala, Sari Nordqvist)

Jedermann; Two Serious Melodies; In memoriam
(with the Cathedralis Aboensis Choir. Soloists: Pia Pajala, Nicholas Söderlund, Tuomas Katajala)

Swanwhite; The Lizard; A Lonely Ski Trail; The Countess’s Portrait
(Recitation: Riko Eklundh)



Leif Segerstam is a conductor, composer, violinist and pianist with a prominent international career. He received diplomas from the Sibelius Academy in violin and conducting, and studied at the Juilliard School in New York, where he was awarded a
conducting diploma. Segerstam has conducted in most of the world’s leading opera
houses. In 2004 Leif Segerstam was awarded the annual Finnish State Prize for Music and in 2005 the highly esteemed Sibelius Medal. He has gained wide acclaim for his many recordings with different orchestras. While pursuing his conducting career, Segerstam has also produced an extensive œuvre as a composer.

The Turku Musical Society, which later formed the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, was founded in 1790. As the oldest orchestra in Finland, the ensemble continues to develop and flourish under the baton of renowned conductors. Since 2012 its chief conductor has been Leif Segerstam.

See the e-card with more information by clicking here.

Source: Naxos

Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a ‘Sibelius Marathon’ – all seven symphonies in three concerts – on 8th, 10th and 11th December.  Further details in the season brochure: click here.

Fairy Tale – Competition for Children

Fairy Tale

What kind of world would you like to live in?

Get inspired by Jean Sibelius’s tone poem En saga (A Fairy tale) and imagine your dream world!

Listen on the Fairy Tale website to En saga, performed by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Leif Segerstam. Get inspired and create your own fairy-tale world using whatever visual technique you prefer (e.g. drawing, painting, photography, collage), then upload it onto the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s Fairy Tale website with the title ‘My fairy tale – my dream world’.

All children from around the world aged between 0 and 12 can participate in the Fairy Tale competition. Entries can be submitted until Saturday 15th November 2014. The Fairy Tale website can be viewed in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.

The artwork by those entering the competition will be used to create an exhibition viewable both online and also in the Turku Concert Hall. Out of all the entries received, the jury will choose  five, and these five children will then be invited to an international children’s event in Turku Concert Hall in March 2015. These five children will also receive a scholarship for art studies.

Fairy Tale – A Worldwide Competition for Children is the brainchild of Leif Segerstam, chief conductor and artistic director of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. It is an international children’s competition in which children from around the world are invited to visualise their dream world by drawing inspiration from Jean Sibelius’s tone poem En saga (A Fairy Tale). The Fairy Tale competition celebrates both the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth and also the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s 225th anniversary in 2015.

The Fairy Tale competition is part of the official programme to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth. The project has received special support from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Guidelines and rules on the Fairy Tale website
Fairy Tale on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/556810141111801/
Fairy Tale on YouTube:

Further information:
Viliina Tolvanen, Project Coordinator