Ralf Gothóni

Biography

Born: May 2, 1946; Rauma  
Gothóni is an authentic musical polymath who is active as a concert and solo pianist noted for his profound and sensitive interpretations, and as a Lied accompanist, composer, conductor, teacher, and author (he published a provocative collection of essays entitled The Creative Moment). His early formal musical education was at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1962 - 1965), with further studies in Switzerland (1964) and in West Germany (1965 - Read more 1968). Since 1963, he has appeared as a solo and concert pianist in almost all of the European countries, as well as in Russia, Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, and South Korea. He has played the Salzburg, Berlin, and Edinburgh festivals and performed as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many other leading ensembles.

From 1969 to 1970, Gothóni was the pianist at the Royal Swedish Opera and during the '70s, he became known as an excellent accompanist to such renowned Lied singers as Martti Talvela, Jorma Hynninen, and Anne-Sofie von Otter. After winning the Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize in 1983, Gothóni was engaged as a professor at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik (1986 - 1996). He served as the artistic director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival from 1984 to 1987 and, pursuing another of his musical directions, Gothóni was engaged as chief conductor of the Finlandia Sinfonietta from 1989 - 1994. In 1992, he took the position of professor at the Sibelius Academy and was the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore prize in 1994. Gothóni was principal guest conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995 to 2000, and served as artistic director of the Forbidden City Music Festival in Beijing, which took place in 1998. At several festivals, he has revived a practice from the Classical period by conducting the orchestra while seated at the piano. Simultaneously with these other activities, he was also a professor at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin (1996 - 2000) and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music. Gothóni is also the principal conductor of the distinguished English Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, he was appointed music director of Seattle's North-West Symphony Orchestra.

Gothóni's repertoire specializes in contemporary Finnish and Scandinavian composers (Aulis Sallinen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Sibelius, Erkki Melartin, Selim Palmgren, Leif Segerstam, Yryo Henrik Kilpinen, and others) and music of the Romantic and late Romantic eras (Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Modest Mussorgsky, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, and others), but he has recorded approximately 80 albums that also include music by moderns like Alfred Schnittke (a particular favorite of Gothóni's) and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as music of the Classical period (especially music by Haydn). Gothóni also lectures and holds master classes throughout the world (Europe, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea) and performs chamber music recitals with his wife, violinist Elina Vähälä. As a composer, Gothóni has written three chamber operas, a chamber cantata The Ox and Its Shephard, as well as a concerto grosso version of this piece for violin, piano, and strings. Read less

Biography

Born: May 2, 1946; Rauma  
Gothóni is an authentic musical polymath who is active as a concert and solo pianist noted for his profound and sensitive interpretations, and as a Lied accompanist, composer, conductor, teacher, and author (he published a provocative collection of essays entitled The Creative Moment). His early formal musical education was at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1962 - 1965), with further studies in Switzerland (1964) and in West Germany (1965 - Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Presto
III. Andantino
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro giusto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto and Trio
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Andante
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro vivace
II. Divertissement (Andantino)
III. Finale (Prestissimo)
I. Con grandezza
II. Andante
III. Molto vivace
Promenade
I. Gnomus
Promenade
II. Old Castle
Promenade
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade
V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. The Market-Place at Limoges
VIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum)
IX. Con mortuis in lingua mortua
X. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
XI. The Great Gate at Kiev
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo - Trio: Animato
III. Andante con moto - Animato
IV. Rondo alla zingarese: Presto - Meno presto - Molto presto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro comodo
No. 1. Kun pihlaja kukkii (When the Rowan Tree Flowers)
No. 2. Yksinainen bonka (The Lonely Pine)
No. 3. Haapa (The Aspen)
No. 4. Koivu (The Birch)
No. 5. Kuusi (The Spruce)
No. 1. Valse
No. 2. Air de danse
No. 3. Mazurka
No. 4. Couplet
No. 5. Boutade
No. 6. Reverie
No. 7. Danse pastorale
No. 8. Joueur de harpe
No. 9. Reconnaissance
No. 10. Souvenir
No. 1. Maisema (Landscape)
No. 2. Talvikuva (Winter Scene)
No. 3. Metsalampi (Forest Lake)
No. 4. Metsalaulu (Song in the Forest)
No. 5. Kevatnaky (Spring Vision)
I. Taival (Wandering)
II. Hyraily (Humming)
III. Suomalainen madonna (Finnish Madonna)
IV. Hautajaiset (Funeral)
V. Vaaralaula (Hill Song)
VI. Laulu ulapasta (Song of the Open Sea)
VII.
I. Toccata
II. Waltz
III. Recitative and Aria
IV. Impromptu
V. March
I. The Untold Want
II. Life and Death
III. Then Last of All
No. 1. Ajatuksia (Thoughts)
No. 2. Rakastunut (In Love)
No. 3. Mutta kun olen runoniekka (But as I am a poet)
No. 4. Tuoksua puutarhoista (The scent of gardens)
No. 5. Ikava, ikava on mieli (Sad, sad is my mind)
No. 6. Mietteliaat vainiot (The pensive corn fields)
No. 1. Lahtomalja (Parting toast)
No. 2. Sydanyolla (In the heart of the night)
No. 3.
No. 4. Korsikeinu (The swing of straw)
No. 5. Viinituvan valkamassa (In the haven of the wine lodge)
No. 6. Vuosipaiva (Anniversary)
No. 7. Vuorella (In the mountain)
No. 1. Ikuinen runo (Eternal poem)
No. 2. Kevatyo (Spring night)
No. 3. Lemmenhurma (Love's enchantment)
No. 4. Hovinainen (Lady of the court)
No. 5. Hibiscus-kukat (The hibiscus flowers)
No. 6. Paimen ja kutojaneito (The shepherd and the weaving maid)
No. 1. Venheessa (In a boat)
No. 2. Hyljatty palatsi (The abandoned palace)
No. 3. Salaperainen huilu (The secret flute)
No. 4. Ikulumiset vuoret (Mountains of perpetual snow)
No. 5. Hyljatty seutu (Deserted place)
No. 1. Syksyn juhla (Autumn feast)
No. 2. Metsassa (In the forest)
No. 3. Syyspaiva (Autumn day)
Gute Nacht
Die Wetterfahne
Gefrorene Tranen
Erstarrung
Der Lindenbaum
Wasserflut
Auf dem Flusse
Ruckblick
Irrlicht
Rast
Fruhlingstraum
Einsamkeit
Die Post
Der greise Kopf
Die Krahe
Letzte Hoffnung
Im Dorfe
Der sturmische Morgen
Tauschung
Der Wegweiser
Das Wirtshaus
Mut
Die Nebensonnen
Der Leiermann
I. Man made from Sleep
II. Cradle Song for a Dead Horseman
III. Three Dreams each within each
IV. There is no Stream
I. Ihr ewigen Sterne (You Eternal Stars)
II. Eingeschneite stille felder (Silent Snow-covered Fields)
III. Spiel ich wo zum Tanze auf (I Play where there's Dancing)
IV. Tanzlied (Choral Dance)
V. Spielmannssehnen (Minstrel's Longing)
VI. Vor Tau und Tag (In the Dewy Morn)
VII. (Wenn der Weine nicht war) If there Were no Wine
VIII. Ich sang mich durch das deutsche Land (I Sang my Way through German Land)
I. Kuoleman joutsen (The Swan of Death)
II. Pastorale
III. Viimeinen kehtolaulu (The Last Cradle Song)
IV. Taivainen rekiretki (Heavenly Sleigh Ride)
V. Joutsenlaulau (Swansong)
I. Piirakka (Pasty)
II. Nopeatekoinen piirakan kuori (Quick-to-prepare Pasty Crust)
III. Lahden Mummin lihapiirakka (Grandma from Lahti's Meat Pasty)
IV. Syksyn sienipiirakan tayte (Autumn Mushroom Pasty Filling)
V. Paatokseksi (In Conclusion)
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro scherzando - Allegro - Largo - Allegretto
I. Pastorale
II. Ballet
III. Minuet
IV. Fugue
V. Pantomime
I. Im wunderschonen Monat Mai
II. Aus meinen Tranen spriessen
III. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
IV. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
V. Ich will meine Seele tauchen
VI. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
VII. Ich grolle nicht
VIII. Und wussten's die Blumen, die kleinen
IX. Das ist ein Floten und Geigen
X. Hor' ich das Liedchen klingen
XI. Ein Jungling liebt ein Madchen
XII. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
XIII. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
XIV. Allnachtlich im Traume
XV. Aus alten Marchen
XVI. Die alten, bosen Lieder
I. Morgens steh' ich auf und frage
II. Es treibt mich hin
III. Ich wandelte unter den Baumen
IV. Lieb' Liebchen, leg's Handchen
V. Schone Wiege meiner Leiden
VI. Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann
VII. Berg' und Burgen schau'n herunter
VIII. Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen
IX. Mit Myrten und Rosen


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