Lost Saxophone Concertos Olli Pekka Tuomisalo
- John Beach Cragun (1885-1927): Saxophone Concerto in E-Flat Major:
- 1I. Allegro brillante07:19
- 2II. Romanza05:08
- 3III. Allegro giocoso03:48
- Yrjö Gunaropulos (1904-1968): Saxophone Concerto in C Minor:
- 4I. Moderato09:03
- 5II. Poco adagio05:15
- 6III. Finale06:40
- Eilert Lindorff Larsen (1902-1983):
- 7Saxophone Concerto08:46
- Leopold Van Der Pals (1884-1966): Viola Concertino in D-Flat Major, Op. 108 (Version for Saxophone & String Orchestra):
- 8I. Allegro moderato03:53
- 9II. Adagio03:14
- 10III. Allegro02:05
- Phyllis Tate (1911-1987): Alto Saxophone Concerto in B-Flat Major:
- 11I. Air - Hornpipe07:15
- 12II. Canzonetta04:52
- 13III. Scherzo03:41
- 14IV. Alla marcia - Tarantella07:13
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A large number of saxophone concertos have been written, but only a handful are regularly performed. With these premiere recordings Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo showcases five works that, had circumstances been different, might easily have established themselves as repertoire pieces. John Beach Cragun’s beautifully voiced work is the first saxophone concerto by an American and, like Yrjo Gunaropulos’ concerto- which enjoyed celebrity in the 1930s- was only rediscovered in 2016. The concertos by Eilert Lindorff-Larsen and Leopold van der Pals are compact, varied and exciting, while that by Phyllis Tate is considered her first major work. Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo has performed over 100 times as soloist with different symphony orchestras. He has encouraged a rising number of composers to create a whole new repertoire for him; almost 100 works have been written. Tuomisalo has so far released 15 solo albums, including 37 works for saxophone and orchestra.
Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo, saxophone
(b. 1970) is a classical saxophonist. He began his musical studies at the age of 10 and since 1993 studied under Pekka Savijoki at the Sibelius Academy, graduating in 1999. In 2009 he received his doctor of music degree from the Sibelius Academy as the first saxophonist ever.
Tuomisalo is a very active performer, giving recitals and appearing as a soloist with various orchestras. His concerto performances (over 100) have included works by composers such as Perttu Haapanen, Sebastian Fagerlund, Claude Debussy, Kalevi Aho, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Mika Kuuskankare, Alexander Wittenberg, Timo Katila, Uuno Klami, Yrjö Gunaropulos, George de Godzinsky, Harry Bergström, Markus Fagerudd, Alexander Glazunov, Frank Martin, Henry Cowell, Franz Waxman and Paul Creston. Tuomisalo has so far released eight CD´s in his series of “Complete Finnish Saxophone Music”. Included are 23 works for saxophone and orchestra.
Tuomisalo leads the Academic Saxophone Quartet and performs regularly with pianist Risto-Matti Marin. As the leading voice of the Finnish classical saxophone, he has encouraged a rising number of composers to create a whole new repertoire for him; Paavo Heininen, Tapani Länsiö, Kimmo Kuitunen, Robert Kritz, Perttu Haapanen, Mika Kuuskankare, Christian Holmqvist, Sebastian Fagerlund, Pauliina Isomäki, Tim Page, Pasi Lyytikäinen, Asko Hyvärinen, Tapani Saarinen, Max Savikangas, Jan Mikael Vainio, Juho Miettinen, Tomi Räisänen etc. He has performed under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vytautas Lukocius, John Storgårds, Osmo Vänskä and dozens of others.
Tuomisalo´s recording of the Sebastian Fagerlund Saxophone Concerto was acclaimed highlight of the year in many Finnish newspapers. He is also the featured artist in the Saxophone Journal May/June 2007 and Finnish Music Quarterly 1/2008 Magazines. Some highlights have been performances of Kalevi Aho’s Saxophone Concerto in Russia, Sebastian Fagerlund’s Saxophone Concerto in China and Tuomisalo´s U.S. tours in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2013 and 2015.