Helvi LEIVISKÄ (1902—82) : Sinfonia brevis, Op. 30 (1962, rev. 1972) - Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 11 (1937—38) from the music to Nyrki Tapiovaara’s film Juha - I. Kevään tulo (The Coming of Spring). Allegro molto e cantabile - II. Humoreski (Humoresque). Vivace 4 III. Kehtolaulu (Lullaby). Andante semplice - IV. Epilogi (Epilogue). Allegro ma non troppo. Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 (1954). Lahti Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonia Lahti, Dalia Stasevska conductor. 19.98 SACD

Catalogue Number: 12Z030

Label: BIS

Reference: BIS-2701

Format: SACD

Price: $18.98

Description: Conductor Dalia Stasevka, who received the BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Personality of the Year’ Award in 2023, and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra present three works by the Finnish composer Helvi Leiviskä, who was Finland’s first major female composer. Initially inspired by the language of late Romanticism – she mentioned Brahms as her favourite composer – Leiviskä developed an original, modern style that eschewed all schools, convinced that it was more important to tread one’s own path than to follow fashionable styles. While her output may seem small in terms of quantity, it more than makes up for it in the quality of the works, especially her symphonies, a genre she considered ‘the highest manifestation of music’. This disc presents three works: the Sinfonia Brevis, a confidently crafted work reminiscent of Sibelius; the austere, restrained, melancholy and at times very dissonant Symphony No. 2, which could be called ‘tragic’; and the Suite for orchestra No. 2, which uses material from a powerfully descriptive score originally composed for a film. This recording bears witness to the ‘Leiviskä renaissance’ that has taken place in recent years, which has contributed to the rediscovery of a neglected but important voice in Finnish music.


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