John Storgårds is a Finnish conductor and violin virtuoso, known for his strong interest in playing and promoting contemporary music. After studying violin with Esther Raitio and Jouko Ignatius at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he went to Israel to study with Chaim Taub. While performing as an orchestra musician, Storgårds frequently led as concert master, and he developed an interest in conducting, particularly after receiving an offer to conduct the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra.
The Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsingin kamarikuoro) was founded in 1962 as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and assumed its current name in 2005. It is currently Finland’s only professional chamber choir. The choir’s Artistic Director from 2005–2007 was Kimmo Hakola. Since 2007 Nils Schweckendiek has been responsible for the group's artistic planning.
This is one of the mere handful of great recordings of the Sibelius violin concerto. Not that there aren't many contestants in the field; in fact, it seems that almost every modern violin virtuoso wants to record the Sibelius, and perhaps this isn't surprising, since it's one of the Big Five (along with the Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky) major violin concertos.
Johan Joachim Agrell (1701-1765) was in many ways a traveller between the worlds: in Uppsala, the Swede's great talent was recognized by the Hessian envoy, which resulted in Agrell being summoned to a court near Kassel in Germany. He later went as municipal chapel-master to Nuremberg. Musically, Agrell was a brilliant Baroque composer in whose works many of the new early Classical trends were anticipated.
Both pieces on htis CD are capable of making a lasting impression on the listener with their energy and power of expression, much like the art of van Gogh, who served as the inspiration for the opera Vincent from which Rautavaara derived his 6th Symphony. As one might expect of music based on the life and works of this artist, the Vincentiana Symphony is colorful, expressive, and in some passages, tempestuous and tormented.
2017 debut solo album from the frontman for Finnish goth metal icons The 69 Eyes, who've sold millions of albums worldwide. Jyrki's dark and brooding croon mixed with atmospheric keyboards and heavy guitars make this one of the most anticipated releases of the year, with tracks already being featured in several g films including the horror film Sunset Society (starring Lemmy from Motörhead), and Halloween Hell House (starring 21 Jump Street's Richard Grieco). In their early years, The 69 Eyes' sound was closer to glam metal, but since the album Blessed Be they have shifted into gothic rock. Jyrki's low and operatic vocal tone is reminiscent of fellow musician Peter Steele of the gothic metal band Type O Negative and has been heavily influenced by Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Glenn Danzig.