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Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the more highly regarded of the twelve regional symphony orchestras of Finland.

Turku is the most ancient city in Finland. Located two hours northwest of the capital city of Helsinki, it is the home of the mother church of the Lutheran Church in Finland, site of a fourteenth-century castle, location of two important universities (one teaching in Swedish and the other in Finnish), and the Turku
Read more School of Economics. The city's name in Finnish is Turun. Turku is from a Slavic word meaning "trading place," and in Swedish the place is known as Abo.

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest in the world, and the oldest in Finland. It was founded in 1790, when Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven were all alive, and played the music of all three during their lifetimes. It was a private organization through most of its existence. It was financially re-organized in 1927, when it became a service of the municipal government.

At that time the orchestra's membership was down to twenty-seven men. Since then, it has been enlarged several times to comprise seventy-three permanent members. This makes it the fourth largest orchestra in Finland but a relatively small orchestra by international standards. It has a reputation for good playing. Its size makes it most suitable for Classical-era music, works of the more conservative Romantic-era composers, and much music of the post-Romantic era.

It ordinarily plays eighteen classical programs a year. In addition, it plays a regular series of chamber orchestra concerts using portions of its personnel, plus popular concerts, special events such as Christmas, Labor Day, and Good Friday concerts, children's and students' concerts, and tours. In addition, it functions as the orchestra for the Turku Opera Association productions at the Turku City Theater.

It has recorded for the Finlandia and Naxos labels. Its recording of Sibelius' early choral symphony, Kullervo, on Naxos quickly sold over 30,000 copies worldwide, a large quantity for a specialized classical release. Read less
Finnish Orchestral Favorites / Panula, Turku Po
Release Date: 05/15/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555773   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Tauno Marttinen: Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto; Phantasy For Cello & Orchestra
    Label: Cobra Records   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tauno Marttinen
    Performer:  Philippe Graffin,  Ralph van Raat,  Marko Ylönen
    Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen,  Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Aarre Merikanto: Symphony No. 2; Ekho
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 351 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aarre Merikanto
    Performer:  Anu Komsi
    Conductor:  Petri Sakari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 3.
    Merikanto Symphonies 1 & 3 / Sakari, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 336 Release Date: 09/11/2012  
    Composer:  Aarre Merikanto
    Conductor:  Petri Sakari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Toivo Kuula: Legends, Vol. 2 / Sakari, Lehtovaara, Ampuja, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 326 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toivo Kuula
    Conductor:  Timo Lehtovaara,  Petri Sakari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Guards’ Brass Ensemble,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
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  • 5.
    Grand Chopin / Jani, Mertanin, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 335 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janne Mertanin
    Conductor:  Telaranta Jani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Pehr Nordgren: Transient Moods
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 288 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pehr Henrik Nordgren
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 7.
    The Very Best Of Sibelius
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552135 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Håvard Gimse,  Hannu Jurmu,  Jouni Somero,  Dong-Suk Kang  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois,  Petri Sakari,  Adrian Leaper,  Jorma Panula
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia,  Iceland Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Melancolie
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5036 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Philip Glass,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Cabasso,  Lina Mkrtchyan,  Evgeni Talisman,  Adele Anthony  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Laurence Equilbey,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Accentus,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Adagio Chillout
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556783 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  John Tavener,  John Rutter,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Beckley,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes,  Christopher Robinson,  Timothy Brown,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Principality of Asturias Symphonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 10.
    Karita's Christmas
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Abraham P. Schulz,  Traditional,  Hugh Martin,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Pertti Pekkanen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cathedralis Aboensis Chorus
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  • 11.
    Classical Chill
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520101 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Toru Takemitsu,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Petri Alanko,  Tedi Papavrami,  Olga Pasichnyk,  Benjamin Frith  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Okko Kamu,  Kees Bakels,  Noel Edison  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Heinio: The Knight And The Dragon / Soderblom, Appelgren, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1246 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikko Heinio
    Performer:  Nordman,,  Juntunen,,  Charlotte Hellekant,  Appelgren,  ... 
    Conductor:  Ulf Söderblom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Opera Chorus,  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Finnish Orchestral Favorites / Panula, Turku Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555773 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ilkka Kuusisto,  Uuno Klami,  Erkki Melartin,  Toivo Kuula  ... 
    Performer:  Reino Kotaviita,  Maarit Kirvessalo
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula,  Okko Kamu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Finnish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Englund: Symphonies 2 & 4, Piano Concerto No 1 / Turku Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553758 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven Einar Englund
    Performer:  Niklas Sivelov
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Klami: Kalevala Suite, Sea Pictures, Etc / Panula, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553757 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Uuno Klami
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Kullervo / Panula, Rusanen, Ruuttunen, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553756 Release Date: 04/08/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Johanna Rusanen-Kartano,  Esa Ruuttunen
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Laulun Ystävät Male Choir
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