Category Archives: Finland / Suomi

Susanna Mälkki at the Proms (2015)

I switched on the radio this afternoon, which happened to be tuned into Radio3, the BBC classical music station, and there was a recording of a “Proms Concert” from earlier in the week. I had missed the first half of … Continue reading

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Finlandia – The Hymn

I have been a fan of the music of Jean Sibelius since I went to my very first classical music concert back in the early 1960s and heard a performance of his second symphony by the Halle Orchestra. Over the … Continue reading

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Susanna Malkki – another giant step for female conductors

  Susanna Mälkki, one of the most brilliant new-music interpreters, has been nominated as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 2016. The city council has now approved  the appointment.  Susanna was formerly head of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. … Continue reading

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Now thats what you call a REAL sport……………….

 A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th Wife Carrying World Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate. Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman cleared the grueling 253.5 meter (278-yard) … Continue reading

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What is it about old men and female orchestral conductors?

‘Women conductors? It’s not getting any better, only worse’ Jorma Panula has been the most successful spotter and trainer of conductors for the past 30 years. His pupils include Esa-Pekka Salonen and at least 20 others who hold international posts. … Continue reading

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