Kevätkesän avaruus/The space of early summer – lied

15/08/2019

photo: Minna Leinonen

Kevätkesän avaruus started from poet Suvi Nuotio´s suggestion to collaborate. When winter´s long darkness was giving way to spring we wanted to try to catch a moment of glow into this lied. Kevätkesän avaruus won 1st prize in Majaoja Foundation´s lied competition in 2018.

Jury´s comments on work:

Minna Leinonen´s Kevätkesän avaruus builds delicate musical moments by subtle and expressive ways. Vocal line is grateful to sing and piano part resonates exceptionally beautifully. Words and melody are in nourishing interplay with each other - music calls to stay with poem and vice versa.

Suvi Nuotio´s poem has a hue of experimentality and a lot of light. Poem is timed with repeating elements but it is also charmingly scattered and splashes like northern summer night´s eternal shine. Poem has plenty of joy of the bright season but also questions and suspicions which brings contrast to poem´s overwhelmed brightness. Questions of darkness creates tension into poem´s delight and simultaneuously adds its attractiveness.

30 Nov 2018
Minna Leinonen and poet Suvi Nuotio win the 1st prize in the Lied competition of the Majaoja Foundation

https://majaoja-saatio.fi/kilpailut/


F.p. 29th Sep 2018

Katja Vepsäläinen, soprano and Cecilia Oinas, piano
Majaoja Foundation
Arvo Pärt Center, Tallinn


COMING UP: A song cycle to Suvi Nuotio´s upcoming poems.

Listen

14.5.2022

Milla Mäkinen, soprano, Jenna Ristilä, piano

Musiikkitalo, Helsinki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96O91wrwD5w

Review

Minna Leinonen´s Kevätkesän avaruus builds delicate musical moments in subtle and expressive ways. Vocal line is grateful to sing and piano part resonates exceptionally beautifully. Words and melody are in nourishing interplay with each other - music appeals to stay with the poem and vice versa.

  • The jury of Majaoja Foundation 11/2018, 1st prize in lied composition competition

Other performances

1st August 2022

Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano

Henri Sigfridsson, piano

Korsholm Music Festival

Babtist church, Vaasa


14th May 2022

Jenna Ristilä, piano
Milla Mäkinen, soprano
Musiikkitalo, Helsinki
https://www.uniarts.fi/tapahtumat/jenna-ristila-naisten-salonki/


20th February 2021
Kaisa Kraft, soprano
Anni Collan, piano
live stream from Crichton Hall at 6 pm

https://www.wewfestival.com/program_feb16/


23th April 2020

Taavi Oramo, tenor

Matleena Nyman, piano

stream: Tapiola Sinfonietta

https://www.worldconcerthall.com/en/schedule/chamber_music_from_espoo_tabakova_inkila_leinonen_and_aho/54764/