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Composer: Sallinen, Aulis (b. 1935)

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Year of birth1935
NationalityFinland
PeriodContemporary
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Tokyo#14 RUBY [Afternoon Concert Series]

#14 RUBY [Afternoon Concert Series]
Sallinen, Nielsen, Sibelius
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Okko Kamu; Akira Shirao
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A concert of two choirs at Savonlinna

Sampo Haapaniemi and the YL Male Voice and Tapiola Choirs © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
The Savonlinna Opera Festival took a break from the stage and brought in the YL Male Voice Choir and the Tapiola Choir for a concert of Finnish choral music.
***11
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Kullervo at the Savonlinna Festival

Rusanen (Kullervo), Birthe Wingren (Blind Singer), Karlström (Kimmo), and Hannu Forsberg (Kalervo) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
Kari Heiskanen's questionable production of Sallinen's bleak opera is revived with a superb cast under the nuanced baton of Hannu Lintu.
****1
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“Amid the black water": a sensational new work from Aulis Sallinen at the Savonlinna Festival

Olavinlinna Castle © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
The Castle in the Water, Sallinen's new “chronicle”, is a new work of innovative beauty. Tragic, comic and epic, in seventy-five minutes it tells the history of Olavinlinna and gives a snap-shot of those connected to it.
*****
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A discovery of music from the Baltic

McFall's Chamber © Douglas Robertson
McFall's Chamber was full of surprises exploring 20th century music from the Baltic. The Finns' love affair with the Tango contrasted with passionate brooding Baltic landscapes – and there was a saw.
****1
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Vänskä leads Clevelanders in fascinating Sallinen symphony

Osmo Vänskä © Greg Helgeson
Garrick Ohlsson joins for Osmo Vänskä and the Cleveland Orchestra for Grieg's famous Piano Concerto, followed by a beautiful Sibelius Fifth Symphony.
****1
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