ABCD 410 – Finnish Violin Music Leiviskä-Melartin-Raitio

Duration: 56:12


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There are more world premiere recordings on Finnish Violin Music, with violinist Annemarie Åstrom leading performances of virtually unknown works written in the 1920s in the shadow of Sibelius (Alba Records ABCD 410 The three composers here share a connection, Helvi Leiviskä and Väinö Raitio having studied with Erkki Melartin at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Åstrom is joined by fellow KAAÅS Trio members pianist Tiina Karakorpi and cellist Ulla Lampela in Leiviskä’s Piano Trio, and by violist Atte Kilpeläinen and cellist Tomas Nuñez-Garcés in Melartin’s terrific Trio Op.133. Raitio is represented by the Four Pieces for Violin and Piano Op.18 and Sinivuokko, a late piece from 1943.

These are fine performances of really strong and appealing works that leave you wondering what other real gems are waiting to be rescued from obscurity.

TERRY ROBBINS, the whole note, May 2018, VOL 23 NO.



  • Leiviskä, Helvi

Piano Trio
Allegro con fuoco7:31FIABA1700258
Largo - allegro - largo10:47FIABA1700259
  • Melartin, Erkki (1875-1937)

Trio for violin, viola and cello op. 133
Andante - allegro5:21FIABA1700260
Andante funebre4:24FIABA1700261
Finale - vivace4:58FIABA1700263
  • Raitio, Väinö (1891-1945)

Works for Violin and Piano Op. 18
Ballade op. 18:14:26FIABA1700264
Canzonetta op. 18:22:48FIABA1700265
Barcarole op. 18:33:40FIABA1700266
Poème op. 18:45:39FIABA1700267
Sinivuokko (Blue Hepatica)3:01FIABA1700268


Sibelius dominates the international reputation of Finnish music, but as this disc shows there’s plenty more.