Exquisitely Absurd – FInnish guitar concertos Petri Kumela, Dima Slobodeniouk, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Komponist: Antti Auvinen (1974), Lotta Wennäkoski (1970), Riikka Talvitie (1970)
Das Album enthält Albumcover Booklet (PDF)
- Antti Auvinen (b. 1974): Andalusian panzerwagen jazz:
- 1Auvinen: Andalusian panzerwagen jazz – Part 108:54
- 2Auvinen: Andalusian panzerwagen jazz – Part 203:47
- 3Auvinen: Andalusian panzerwagen jazz – Part 303:30
- 4Auvinen: Andalusian panzerwagen jazz – Part 408:34
- Lotta Wennäkoski (b. 1970): Susurrus:
- 5Wennäkoski: Susurrus15:16
- Riikka Talvitie (b. 1970): Without Irony:
- 6Talvitie: Without Irony – I13:47
- 7Talvitie: Without Irony – II09:02
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Three contemporary Finnish concerto collectionsFinnish guitarist Petri Kmela's newest concerto recording is his first since Nebula (ABCD 345). With the Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Dima Slobodeniuk.
Petri Kumela, classical guitar
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
one of Finland’s most versatile and sought-after classical guitarists, is equally at home with period instruments as in working with contemporary composers, microtonal music or cooperating with artists from other art forms. He is also one of the Finnish guitarists best known on the international scene, with a reputation for originality and versatility, whether he is giving a recital in Calcutta or a school concert in Japan, or motorising guitars in Mexico. Kumela is nominated for the 2023 Nordic Council Music Prize.
Petri Kumela studied at the Helsinki Conservatory with Juan Antonio Muro and at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg in Germany with Franz Halász. He was the first guitarist to be accepted for the prestigious Meisterklassen study programme. For two years in succession he was awarded a rare DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship to continue his studies in the Halász masterclass. He has also attended masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, Oscar Chiglia, Alirio Díaz, Eduardo Egüez and David Russell.
Winner of the first prize in the international Scandinavian Guitar Festival and Stafford Classical Guitar Recital competitions, Petri Kumela has appeared outside Finland in many European countries, South America, the United States, Russia, Japan, India and Bhutan, at venues that have ranged from intimate domestic concerts to Musiikkitalo in Helsinki, the Purcell Room in London’s Southbank Centre and the Kitara Hall in Sapporo.
Petri Kumela has been heard at numerous festivals and in many concert series and he has been the soloist with f.ex. the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfónica de Galicia, Chamber Orchestra of Lappland, Kymi Sinfonietta, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra with conductors Ann-Maria Helsing, Juha Kangas, Massimo Lambertini, Rumon Gamba, Hannu Lintu, Ari Rasilainen, Yasuo Shinozaki, Dima Slobodeniouk, Dalia Stasevska and John Storgårds. He is also an extremely active chamber musician, appearing with the Avanti!, Uusinta, defun, Insomnio, Tampere Raw and many other ensembles and musicians.
An artist with a special commitment to contemporary music, Petri Kumela has premiered ten guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works both in Finland and abroad by f.ex. Kalevi Aho, Antti Auvinen, Olli Kortekangas, Minna Leinonen, Joachim F.W. Schneider, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Poul Ruders, Riikka Talvitie, Lotta Wennäkoski and Pehr Henrik Nordgren.
Kumela was the artistic director for the chamber music series of the Nordic Music Days 2013 and the festival Sound of Sipoo started under his direction in Sipoo in 2017. He is also the co-curator for the State Prize for Music winning concert series Hietsu is Happening! and Classical Hietsu.
Petri Kumela teaches guitar at the Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
The ten recordings released so far by Petri Kumela have all won high critical acclaim. “Change is gonna come” (2010) was chosen by both the Helsingin Sanomat and the American Record Guide as critic ́s choices of the year and the disc “In Strange Company” (2013) was nominated for the album of the year by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and for the recording industry ́s EMMA- prize. In 2016 He released “Fantasía Andaluza” together with the flamenco guitarist Joonas Widenius and in 2017 "Goldberg" with the german guitarist Jürgen Ruck. His recording of the music by Fernando Sor with a period guitar was elected by the prestigious Classical Guitar Magazine as one of the ten best recordings of 2018. His latest album ”Small Creatures – A Musical Bestiary” (2020) was selected as the Recording of the Year by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and was awarded the recording industry ́s EMMA- prize (the finnish Grammy) for the Best Classical Album. It contains 35 miniature pieces for the guitar, each by a different living composer. The children’s book “Otus Opus” based on the album was nominated for the Finlandia Junior literary prize.
In 2023 an album with three Finnish guitar concertos (Auvinen, Talvitie, Wennäkoski) will be released with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Dima Slobodeniouk (Alba).
Kumela has also made a number of recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and other international radio and television networks.
Praised for his exhilarating approach and energetic leadership by musicians and audiences alike, Dima Slobodeniouk has become one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation.
Slobodeniouk works with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2023/24 season, Dima Slobodeniouk has been invited to make his debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He will furthermore return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He will furthermore appear with the Wiener Symphoniker and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and will make a special return to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, whose Music Director he was until 2022. Further afield, Dima Slobodeniouk opens the 2023/24 season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Tanglewood. He will return to the orchestra later this season and will also appear with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra next spring.