Helsinki Police Symphonic Band’s latest recording is the Christmas album Snow Angels, 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.
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 ouverture was transcribed in 2020 by Robert J. Ambrose.
The recordings will be freely available on YouTube. Eight works have already been published.
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.
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. Today, the tram lines 2 and 3 run the same route as the line 3T/3B did before.