Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

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
Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande / Segerstam, Turku
Release Date: 08/14/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573301   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Jedermann / Segerstam, Turku
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573340   Number of Discs: 1
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Browse 1-18 of 18 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Sibelius: Scaramouche Op. 71 / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573511 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Sibelius: Swanwhite - Complete Incidental Music / Segerstam
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573341 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362202 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Johanna Rusanen-Kartano,  Esa Ruuttunen,  Soile Isokoski,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Okko Kamu,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Helsinki Radio Symphony,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Kuula: South Ostrobothnian Suites I & II
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1270 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toivo Kuula
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Jedermann / Segerstam, Turku
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573340 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Mikaela Palmu
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande / Segerstam, Turku
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573301 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Pia [Soprano Vocal] Pajala,  Sari Nordqvist
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast… / Segerstam
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573300 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Kuolema, King Christian II… / Segerstam
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573299 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Waltteri [Baritone Vocal] Torikka
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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  • 10.
    The Very Best Of Sibelius
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552135 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Hĺvard 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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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    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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  • 17.
    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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