Works Discography

Olli Kortekangas (1955-)

Olli Kortekangas (b. 1955) has from the outset trodden his own path in Finnish music. When his name first emerged from the younger generation of composers at the end of the 1970s, he belonged to the influential contemporary music society Korvat Auki (Ears Open, est. 1977). Kortekangas, however, seems to have been something of a dissident or a Doubting Thomas in their ranks. Whereas most of the other members of the society leapt in and experimented broadly with a variety of modernist styles and techniques, Kortekangas maintained a cool critical distance and was known on occasions to also hold up orthodox modernism itself for closer examination.

In his writing, Olli Kortekangas has applied a very wide variety of stylistic and compositional starting-points, but in each work the material has generally been carefully limited. Features that often stand out include static surfaces composed of drawn-out sounds, a simplicity and transparency of texture, a spare, planed-down idiom, and the importance he gives to small gestures. With brief and yet thoroughly considered brush-strokes, Kortekangas paints enigmatic and captivating moods, often with more than a hint of mystery behind them. Violent, expressive outbursts are only rarely to be found in his music. Another typical trademark has been that Kortekangas has often expanded his musical expression with theatrical or visual elements.


More information:
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Fennica Gehrman
Finnish Music Information Centre

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Works



A (1988) - Water Music with The Tapiola Choir
Iscrizione, for clarinet and cello (1990)
Messenius and Lucia
Paraabeli (Parable) (1983)
Three Fiord Sketches
Verbum (1987)
Vihreä madonna (The Green Madonna) (1975)
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Discography (extract)



A Due
Duo works for clarinet and cello
Kari Kriikku, clarinet and bass clarinet
Anssi Karttunen, cello
ODE 1102-2

Released 05/2007

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Olli Kortekangas
Messenius and Lucia - Opera in Two Acts
Hannu Niemelä, baritone
Päivi Nisula, soprano
Essi Luttinen, mezzo-soprano
Oulu Symphony Orchestra
Arvo Volmer, conductor
ODE 1073-2D (2CD)

Released 06/2006

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Rainbow Sounds
Tapiola Choir
Kari Ala-Pöllänen, conductor
ODE 884-2

Released 08/1996

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Verbum - An Anthology of Choral Works
Kortekangas · Saariaho · Länsiö · Heiniö · Kyllönen
Tapiola Chamber Choir
Eric-Olaf Söderström, conductor
ODE 796-2

Released 12/1992

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