Between Three Worlds
A brand new album with symphonic music for wind band was published in June 2022.
The recording features a rare combination of a violin and a concert band in Timo Alakotila‘s violin concerto Between Three Worlds. We hear Eeva Oksala as the brilliant and versatile violin soloist.
There is also a work by Marzi Nyman included, written on Helsinki Police Symphonic Band’s commission for orchestra’s 70th anniversary in 2017. The three-movement work is called Morpheus. In the music the composer aims to describe the traditional values “home, religion, home country” and their transformation through ages.
The orchestra is conducted by the chief conductor Sami Ruusuvuori. The album was produced by the assistant conductor Heikki Elo.
The album is available on most music streaming platforms, such as Spotify.
Cover image: Mika Turunen
The Christmas album Snow Angels was published before Christmas 2020. As soloists on the recording sing famous Finnish opera stars Helena Juntunen and Mika Pohjonen.
The album songs includes some traditional Finnish Christmas songs, and some fine new discoveries, not that often performed with an orchestra.
There is even some brand new Finnish music for concert band on the recording. Some classical material is included too, such as the Miniature Ouverture from Tchaikovski’s Nutcracker ballet.
You can order the album directly from Alba Records webstore. The album is also available on major streaming services, e.g. on Spotify.
Cover: Tommi Levy
In October 2020, Helsinki Police Symphonic Band recorded 13 new Finnish works for wind orchestra. The recording was made in collaboration with Finnish Band Publishers. Composers include e.g. Timo Forsström, Ilari Hylkiä, Antti Nissilä and J-P Lehto. There was also a great older work recorded, Festouverture by Armas Järnefelt, written in 1902. The overture was transcribed in 2020 by Robert J. Ambrose.
The recordings are freely available on YouTube.
A similar recording was made already in 2018. The works recorded that time are also available for free listening on YouTube.
In 2016, the police band recorded Finnish music together with Helsinki, Tampere and Turku police male choirs. With the record, the police band and the choirs celebrate 100 years of independence of Finland.
The record can be ordered from the Helsinki police choir: http://www.poliisilaulajat.com/kuoro/aanitteet/. The record is available on the main music streaming services as well, e.g. on YouTube.
Life in the Capital City
In 2014, Helsinki Police Band recorded an album “Life in the Capital City” full of Helsinki-related wind band music.
There is a world premiere recording included, Pessi Levanto’s “Helsinki by Tram – A Requiem for Lines 3B/3T”. This is a composition describing some remarkable spots along the former tram route 3B/3T. This route used to make a circle around the capital of Finland.
You can order the cd from the record store Fuga. The record is available on the main music streaming services as well, e.g. on YouTube and Spotify.