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Sakari Oramo  

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Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, an appointment that was made immediately following his debut with them. He is also Principal Conductor of the West Coast Kokkola Opera and, starting in 2013, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. After a decade as Chief Conductor, 2012/13 sees Oramo become Honorary Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Between 1998 and 2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Guest conducting highlights of the 2012/13 season include the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the hr Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. This season also features a tour of North America with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

In recent seasons, Oramo has made important debuts with the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Wiener Philharmoniker. He has been a regular guest at the helm of Staatskapelle Dresden and the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and San Francisco Symphony orchestras.

An accomplished violinist, Oramo was originally concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and was appointed its Associate Principal Conductor after stepping in to conduct the orchestra at very short notice in 1993, and ten years later was given the title of Chief Conductor. With the FRSO, Oramo recorded a vast amount of music by Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Kimmo Hakola and Jouni Kaipainen as well as neglected Finnish composers of the past, like Armas Launis and Ernest Pingoud.

Since beginning his post with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, Oramo has led the orchestra to many highlights including a successful tour of Japan in 2010, and an immense festival in Stockholm featuring ten Mahler symphonies on ten consecutive days. The partnership has also seen several CD recordings of music by Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann and Anders Hillborg among others. Future releases with the orchestra include complete Elgar and Nielsen Symphony Cycles.

Oramo´s extensive recording catalogue also includes among others Sebastian Fagerlund´s opera Döbeln with West Coast Kokkola Opera, 'Coloratura', featuring Anu Komsi as soloist, and a vast array of recordings with the CBSO, including two discs of John Foulds´s music, a complete Sibelius symphony cycle and Elgar´s Dream of Gerontius.

Source: www.harrisonparrott.com/artist/profile/sakari-oramo

Live Dates

18/09/2015   Vienna Philharmonic and Per Nørgård honoured in London
"Nørgård har beriget vores liv med sin kunst", sagde Wiener Filharmonikernes leder ved dette års Gramophone Awards ceremoni i London
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27/08/2015   Nørgård symphonies win Gramophone Award
The Vienna Philharmonic's recording of Per Nørgård symphonies win this year's Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording
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19/08/2015   Two Gramophone nominations for Dacapo
To Dacapo-udgivelser er med i opløbet om Gramophone Awards 2015!
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27/05/2014   Vienna Philharmonic ready for Norgard release
The legendary Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Sakari Oramo present two symphonies by Per Nørgård for Dacapo Records, including the world premiere recording of the composer’s 8th Symphony from 2011
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24/05/2013   Photos from Vienna
View our photo series from the first recording sessions with the Vienna Pilharmonic and Sakari Oramo in Musikverein,Vienna.
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16/05/2013   Vienna Philharmonic to record two symphonies by Per Nørgård
At the end of May, the legendary Vienna Philharmonic will be performing and recording two symphonies by Per Nørgård for Dacapo Records
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21/06/2016   Nordische Musik

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 1 & 8
6/6 Stars

"Sakari Oramo hat mit den Wiener Philharmonikern eine zeitlose Interpretation vorgelegt, die so bald nicht übertroffen werden wird. Gleichwohl bleibt zu hoffen, dass viele Dirigenten und Orchester die Herausforderung annehmen."
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01/03/2016   Hifi & Records

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 1 & 8
"Oramo und die Wiener bringen Puls und irrlichternde Farbigkeit dieser Musik mitreißend zur Geltung."
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16/12/2014   JC Klassisk

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 1 & 8
"Det er en fremragende cd, for Nørgårds orkesterpalet ligger godt for wienernes finpudsede klangstil."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 1 & 8
"Nordisk naturlyrik og mild modernisme i skøn forening. Verdensorkestret er verdensmester i dansk musik."
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23/10/2014   NPR Music

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"It all sounds especially expressive in these performances."
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22/09/2014   Seismograf

Spejlingens genspejling
"I denne musik er den modernistiske tradition omkalfatret til uhåndgribelige musikalske fortællinger, om det der er lige for hånden og som altid straks glider ud mellem hænderne. Lyd gestaltet som liv."
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18/09/2014   Nutida Konstmusik

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"En ytterst relevant raritet."
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01/09/2014   Klassisk

To temperamenter
6/6 Stars

"Det er ofte ikke til at sige, om musikken går op eller ned, står stille eller bevæger sig - eller om det er det hele på én gang."
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29/08/2014   Gramophone - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Great to see this superabundantly imaginative music being taken up by an institution as traditionally minded as the Vienna Philharmonic".
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27/08/2014   Hufvufstadsbladet

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Per Nørgårds musik är svårdefinierad men fascinerande i sin mångtydighet."
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01/08/2014   MusicWeb International - Recording of the Month

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Two very different works, supremely well played, conducted and recorded; surely one of the year's finest symphonic releases thus far."
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11/07/2014   theartsdesk.com

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Nørgård subtitled the three-movement work his Sinfonia austera, and its gruff, raw power still packs a punch – the dour honesty reflecting youthful idealism."
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24/06/2014   SA-CD.net

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"DaCapo's regular recording producer Preben Iwan and sound engineer Jens Jamin have delivered an excellent concert image of the VPO set in its famous long-box hall, full of Nørgårdian minute detail, yet fully allowing the orchestra to excite the hall's rich resonance. I can think of very few VPO recordings from bigger labels which sound so natural."
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18/06/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård hyldet i New York
4/6 Stars

"Sammen udgør de to symfonier en fin introduktion til Per Nørgårds univers, så at sige i hver sin ende af karrieren."
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16/06/2014   SINFINI MUSIC

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"If you discover only one living composer in 2014, make it Per Nørgård."
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16/06/2014   WQXR

World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony
"Each note, each phrase, each movement seems guided by an overdetermining intelligence."
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12/06/2014   Berlingske

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
5/6 Stars

"Som en skabelse, en smuk fødsel, en omvendt naturkatastrofe."
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06/06/2014   Jyllands-Posten

En Vibrerende Understregning
"Nørgård løftes til det sublime af Oramos intelligente kunst, der lader musikken ånde gennem sin uforudsigelighed og saftige alvor."
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02/06/2014   POLITIKEN

Usædvanlig udgivelse cementerer danskers verdensry
5/6 Hjerter

"Cd’en er en rejse fra mørke til lys. Fra sort strenghed til glitrende leg."
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Photo: Heikki Tuuli and Octavia

Discography

Symphonies 1 & 8
Symphonies 1 & 8
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220574 (2014)

The Vienna Philharmonic’s overwhelming recording of Per Nørgård’s newest sym¬phony (2011) and the debut symphony from the 1950s


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