This new album by Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds is dedicated to works by one of the most exciting Finnish composers of her generation, Outi Tarkiainen (b. 1985). This album, first of its kind with Tarkiainen’s orchestral works, includes two works with mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen and saxophonist Jukka Perko as soloists. Tarkiainen has quickly risen to Finland’s contemporary music scene and her works have already been performed by the BBC Philharmonic (an orchestral work by her was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2019) and by several North American and Nordic symphony orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Tarkiainen has written several works that are strongly connected to the Northern landscape of Lapland and the culture of its Sámi habitants. The song cycle The Earth, Spring’s Daughter is based on texts by Sámi writers and also her saxophone concerto Saivo, is based on Sámi mythology.
BBC Music Magazine December 2020
The Finn depicts her country’s landscape in this concerto, presenting the instrument in eerie new light. It’s paired with a haunting song cycle that utilises every force of the orchestra.
Gramophone Magazine October 2020
Tarkiainen is a composer of rare moral conviction and geographical attachment...And this score is her magnum opus to date – a monodrama that rails against the oppression of the Sámi and the plundering of the universe with varying degrees of politeness...The saxophone concerto Saivo also takes its inspiration from Sámi culture...We feel the instrument’s almost animalistic vulnerability acutely...Storgårds and his Lapland orchestra play this music like they own it – which, in some ways, they do.