Episode #2891

New Music From Finland

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Friday, January 23, 2009

New music from Finland, including music for kantele (Finnish folk harp) and electronic soundscape is what’s in store for this New Sounds program. Also, there’s music from the folk-pop-electronica group Varttina, along with a tune from the harmonium and fiddle-heavy Finnish folk revivalists JPP. Plus, hear some new works built around pre-existing music, where contemporary ensembles perform strange and unexpected arrangements of Metallica, Kraftwerk and other rock songs.

PROGRAM # 2891, new music from Finland (First aired on Fri, 1/23/09)





Martti Pokela

Snow Kantele

Reindeer Lullaby [5:30]

Finlandia/Innovator #19052** Out of print. Try Available for purchase at*

Eija Kankaanranta


Juhani Nuorvala: 3 Impromptus for Clarinet and Kantele, #2 [2:30]

IMU #075.

Trio Fratres


Kraftwerk: Model [3:30]

Alba #140


Inquisition Symphony

Metallica: Nothing Else Matters [5:00];
CD available at
Or download from*



Sepän Poika (Blacksmith’s Son) [3:30]

Northside #6071**



Suokaasua [5:00]

Texicalli #002. seems to be out of print, but available online as an import:

Trio Fratres


Herman Rechberger: Karadeniz [7:00]

See above.

Eija Kankaanranta


Juhani Nuorvala: Toivo [8:00]

See above.

Pekka Pohjola

New Impressionist

Try To Remember, excerpt [5:00]

Breakthru #7. Out of print.

Comments [7]

Sohail from Long Island

hi John
thanks for the great finnish music. please email me about where to buy the music.

Feb. 07 2011 12:38 AM
Eija Kankaanranta from Espoo, Finland

Great to have Nuorvala's kantele music here! The kantele is often translated as the "Finnish zither" and it belongs to the instrument family called the Baltic psalteries. Kantele is not exactly related to the harp. You can find more information of this instrument here:

Jan. 26 2009 12:31 PM
Mallika from Jersey city

Dear John,
I loved the set of your finnish songs. where can i get them. Please do email me.

Jan. 25 2009 10:31 PM
Joyce Antila Phipps from Plainfield, NJ

I cannot find out how to access the playlist for 2891. Please e-mail it to me. Kiitos Polio -- that's Finnish for thank you very much


Jan. 24 2009 12:28 AM
Joyce Antila Phipps from Plainfield, NJ

How do I get the playlist for this show? Please e-mail it to me. #2891 Kiitos poilo
that's Finnish for thank you very much!

Jan. 24 2009 12:26 AM
Ora Gelley from Raleigh, North Carolina

#2891 New Music from Finland. I would love to get the playlist for this show. beautiful music. Can you please send me the playlist so that I can purchase some of this music?

Jan. 23 2009 11:24 PM
Brendan Beirne from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

My little sister Courtney once asked if we had to wake up at 'THE CROCK OF DANISH' instead of 'the crack of dawn.' We thought it was hilarious and have been using the term ever since!

Jan. 23 2009 08:11 PM

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