Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor

Just listening to Grieg’s beautiful Piano Concerto in A minor on TV and rememberig what a beautiful piece it is… !!!! It has this kind of Norwegian feeling in it ???? Like in all of Grieg’s music… The melodies are so folk-like and moody like the Norwegian landscape with its beautiful mountains and valleys… Beautiful[…]

Jonathan Biss and Beethoven

I’m just listening to a recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 4 on Spotify by Jonathan Biss… Beautiful! I’ve always liked Beethoven’s piano music since it’s so full of emotions and nuances. They might be hard to find out when practising (although not even remotely as hard as for example in Mozart’s music), but once[…]

Bach/Busoni – Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639)

Ok, let’s admit it. The stunning piano transcription of Bach’s chorale prelude “Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ” by Ferruccio Busoni is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in this planet. Seriously. It’s one of those pieces that will probably make you cry with it’s sheer beauty and peaceful mood. If you[…]

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23

http://open.spotify.com/track/7a67ktlvKD2mPNbVHYzO4b Here’s the second movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major for you to enjoy… Beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂 I like Mikhail Pletnev’s interpretation here very much! The slow movements in Mozart’s works always give me chills because of their stunning beauty… It’s just amazing how he could compose such great music[…]

Busy weekend

I had quite a busy weekend… On Saturday I was accompanying the tenor Perttu Mathlin in the Turku Baptist Church in Turku, Finland, and on Sunday I played the piano at the local Pentecostal Sunday service here in Uusikaupunki, and later in the evening I accompanied an amateur choir at a Lutheran evening mass in[…]

Concert in the Turku Castle

I attended a very nice chamber music concert yesterday in the King’s Hall of the magnificent Turku Castle… The ensemble consisted of Marjaana Holva (violin), Juhani Forsman (viola), Katja Kolehmainen (cello), Matti Kariluoto (double bass), Satu Ala (oboe), Henna Jämsä (clarinet) and Mikael Kemppainen (piano)… All of the ensemble members, except the pianist, are members[…]

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in B minor

I attended a very nice concert today in the concert hall of Turku, Finland… the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Leif Segerstam and the pianist Valeria Resjan performed for us today… Obviously the theme for this concert was pomposity – all the pieces heard today are very much pompous and heroic-like in character. But they were[…]

Crusell Music Festival 2012

Hi there all you nice people! Last week we in Uusikaupunki had a very special week – the annual Crusell Music Festival was here, and it brought many talented professional musicians and soon-to-be musicians here for master classes for woodwinds, concerts and open-air events… I bought tickets for many concerts (and that was a bit[…]

Attended a concert in Jyväskylä

Attended my pianist friend’s exam in Jyväskylä, Central Finland… wow, what a magnificent exam it was… I really liked it a lot, his colorful interpretation… And Prokofjev’s violin sonata no 2 was stunning (the violinist, whom I also know, is also a brilliant musician)… I bet you’ll hear the names Henrik Nissinen and Elias Nyman[…]

Concert

Was listening to a concert by the pianist Lauri Väinmaa and the cellist Lauri Voipio. What a beautiful concert! The concert was held in the Lutheran congregational center of Uusikaupunki and it was simply stunning! I was impressed especially by the beautiful Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven, especially by the technically very difficult 3rd movement “Presto[…]

Chamber music concert in the Turku Castle

I attended a very nice chamber music concert at the historic medieval castle in Turku, Finland… I was positively surprised by the acoustics – the King’s Hall (Kuninkaansali) seems to fit perfectly for chamber music… The program was this: Franz Schreker’s “Der Wind” performed by Henna Jämsä (clarinet), Tanja Nisonen (French horn), Mikaela Palmu (violin),[…]

Christmas concert

I attended a Christmas concert today at the Uusikaupunki Pentecostal Church… the singer Mika Karola performed there along with her daughter Anni-Kaisa as a violinist and the multi-talented Lasse Heikkilä as pianist, guitarist and accordionist… Interesting concert, I must say 🙂 …

Sibelius, Liszt and Tchaikovsky…

The Finnish mezzo-soprano Laura Nykänen and pianist Ilkka Paananen had a Lied concert in the cultural center “Cruselli” of Uusikaupunki… what a great concert, I must say! They performed some Sibelius, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, and made me realize again how great their music is! I especially loved the duo’s soulful interpretations of Liszt’s “Oh! quand[…]