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First Performances 1977–

Kaija Saariaho
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The FRSO has always been committed to the performance of the newest Finnish music and has so far given over 500 premieres.

A full list of premieres is in preparation, but meanwhile, here is a sample of those since 1977.
Source: Antero Karttunen: Radion sinfoniaorkesteri 1927–2002 (published 13.9.2002)

(YLE = Finnish Broadcasting Company)

1977–1978
YLE commissions:
Erik Bergman: Noa
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra
Aulis Sallinen: Cello Concerto, Fanfare for the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Other premieres:
Paavo Heininen: Symphony No. 3 (rev.), Tritopos
Joonas Kokkonen: Interludes from the Opera The Last Temptations
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

1978–1979
YLE commissions:
Erkki Salmenhaara: Introduction and Chorale for Organ and Orchestra
Leif Segerstam: "Thoughts 1978", Piano Concerto No. 1
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Angels and Visitations
Other premieres:
Mikko Heiniö: Tredicia

1979–1980
YLE commissions:
Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 6
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Boutade
Other premieres:
Erik Bergman: Birds in the Morning, concerto for flute and orchestra
Paavo Heininen: Dia
Leif Segerstam: Symphony of Slow Movements
Jarmo Sermilä: Time Machine

1980–1981:
YLE commissions:
Paavo Heininen: Attitude
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Angel of Dusk, concerto for double bass and orchestra
Other premieres:
Leif Segerstam: Orchestral Diary Sheet No. 22

1981–1982:
YLE commissions:
Erik Bergman: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Jukka Tiensuu: M (fp by the Radio Chamber Orchestra)
Kalevi Aho: Hiljaisuus (Silence)
Eero Hämeenniemi: ...vain maa ja vuoret (...only the earth and mountains) (studio recording)
Magnus Lindberg: Sculpture II
Erkki Salmenhaara: Adagietto
Other premieres:
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Concerto for Altosaxophone and Orchestra

1982–1983:
YLE commissions:
Kalevi Aho: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Tauno Marttinen: Väinämöisen synty (The Birth of Väinämöinen)
Other premieres:
Olli Mustonen: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1
Erkki Salmenhaara: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra

1983–1984:
YLE commissions:
Eero Hämeenniemi: Symphony No. 1
Olli Kortekangas: Ökologie 1: Vorspiel
Jouko Linjama: Mailman alghusta ja Loomisesta (Genesis and Creation), oratory for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra
Kaija Saariaho: Verblendungen
Other premieres:
Paavo Heininen: Saxophone Concerto

1984–1985:
YLE commissions:
Mikko Heiniö: Vuelo de alambre, for soprano and orchestra
Aulis Sallinen: Rauta-aika-sarja (The Iron Age Suite)
Other premieres:
Kalevi Aho: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Leif Segerstam: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Orchestral Diary Sheet 14 a)
Jukka Tiensuu: Mxpzkl

1985–1986:
YLE commissions:
Kalevi Aho: Orchestration of J. S. Bach's Contrapunctus XI (Die Kunst der Fuge)
Paavo Heininen: Cello Concerto
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Symphony No. 5
Leif Segerstam: Orchestral G-A-L-A music (with B-A-S-F)
Other premieres:
Einar Englund: Symphony No. 6 (Aphorisms)
Magnus Lindberg: Kraft

1986–1987:
YLE commissions:
Einar Englund: Concerto per flauto traverso e orchestra
Vinko Globokar: Hallo, do you hear me? (EBU and YLE)
Olli Kortekangas: Ökologie 2: Konzert
Muut kantaesitykset:
Usko Meriläinen:"…mutta tämähän on maisema, monsieur Dali!" ("... but this is a landscape, monsieur Dali!")
Leif Segerstam: Symphony No. X [10] with Horn Solo "Three Times..."

1987–1988:
no YLE commissions
Other premieres:
Vladimir Agopov: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Atso Almila: Tuba Concerto
Herman Rechberger: Venezia (Venice)
Jean Sibelius: Musique réligieuse (orch. by Leo Funtek)

1988–1989:
YLE commissions:
Magnus Lindberg: Kinetics
Jukka Tiensuu: Puro
Other premieres:
Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 7 "Hyönteissinfonia" (Insect Symphony)
Eero Hämeenniemi: Symphony No. 2
Erkki-Sven Tüür: Lumen et cantus

1989–1990:
no YLE commissions
Other premieres:
Pierre Boulez: Pli selon pli: 1st movement Don (new version)
Erkki Salmenhaara: Symphony No. 5 "Lintukoto"

1990–1991:
YLE commissions:
Kalevi Aho: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (YLE and Helsinki Festival)
Other premieres:
Kaija Saariaho: Du cristal
Kaija Saariaho: ...à la fumée

1991–1992:
YLE commissions:
Eero Hämeenniemi: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Usko Meriläinen: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

1992–1993:
YLE commissions:
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Phantasme
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mimo
Other premieres:
Leo Brouwer: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra No. 5
Charles Camilleri: Cello Concerto
Harri Vuori: Š-wüt

1993–1994:
YLE commissions:
Jouni Kaipainen: Symphony No. 2
Olli Koskelin: Piano Concerto
Jyrki Linjama: pas de deux
Other premieres:
Sofia Gubaidulina: Concerto No. 2 for cello and orchestra
Heikki Sarmanto: Hearts
Leif Segerstam: "Wonderings while Wandering..."

1994–1995:
YLE commissions:
Tan Dun: Cello Concerto
Aulis Sallinen: Flute Concerto "Harlekiini"
Other premieres:
Adriana Hölzky: An die Nacht
Kimmo Nevonmaa: Lux intima

1995–1996:
YLE commissions:
Eero Hämeenniemi: Karnatika
Juha T. Koskinen: Fatalité
Ilkka Kuusisto: Raps by Lapps
Jukka Tiensuu: Alma I (Yle and Helsinki Festival)
Other premieres:
Yrjö Hjelt: Music for the film "Mustalaishurmaaja"
Leif Segerstam: September
Harri Vuori: Mandelbrotin kaiut (The Mandelbrot Echoes)

1996–1997:
YLE commissions:
Paavo Heininen: Two Essays
Timo Hietala: Mio, poikani Mio (Mio, My Son Mio), a musical fairy-tale
Jouni Kaipainen: Piano Concerto
Usko Meriläinen: Kehrä
Riku Niemi: Piano Concerto
Other premieres:
Jyrki Linjama: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2
Severi Pyysalo: Devotion, What if (sov. Heinilä)
Tapio Tuomela: Jokk

1997–1998:
YLE commissions:
Erik Bergman: Preisungen (Praises)
Magnus Lindberg: Feria

1998–1999:
YLE commissions:
Paavo Heininen: Three Beings
Mikko Heiniö: On the Rocks
Olli Kortekangas: Charms, Concerto for Piano Trio and Chamber Orchestra (YLE and Madetoja Foundation)
Juha T. Koskinen: Narciso
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Symphony No. 5

1999–2000:
YLE commissions:
Paavo Heininen: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Eero Hämeenniemi: Symphony III in C
Jukka Tiensuu: Mood
Other premieres:
Seppo Pohjola: Taika

2000–2001:
YLE commissions:
Juha T. Koskinen: Hehkuva graniitti (Incandescent Granite)
Other premieres:
Jexper Holmen: Transcendental Preference I
Jouni Kaipainen: North by North-East
Tommi Kärkkäinen: Läpi yön (Nocturnal Journey)
Uljas Pulkkis: Enchanted Garden (Lumottu puutarha), a musical tale in eight chapters for solo violin and orchestra
Kristian Rusila: D'un sol colpo
Kaija Saariaho: Oltra mar (Across the Sea) (first time in Finland)
Tapio Tuomela: Vuohenki luohti (The Song of Vuohenki)

2001–2002:
YLE commissions:
Eero Hämeenniemi: Viola Concerto
Tuomas Kantelinen: Aloite
Jyrki Linjama: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Foreign Bodies
Other premieres:
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Concerto No. 4 for Cello and Orchestra (first time in Finland)

2002–2003:
YLE commissions:
Fridrich Bruk: Muuttolinnut (Birds of Passage)
Jouni Kaipainen: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra no. 1 (YLE and the Artists' Guild New York)
Jani Kääriä: Per-Djet
Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Tuuri
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Message for the Finnish Symphony Orchestra
Other premieres:
Leif Segerstam: Sinfonia nro 62 "Thinking of & Surfing on... some... Numbers"
Tuomas Kantelinen: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Jukka Tiensuu: Mind, concerto for piano and orchestra

2003-2004
YLE commissions:
Kalevi Aho: Luosto (Symphony No 12)
Kimmo Hakola: Verdoyances crépuscules
Paavo Heininen: Symphony No. 5
Timo Hietala: New work
Tapani Länsiö: "Me"
Pekka Pohjola: Symphony No. 2 "Emmi"
Uljas Pulkkis: On the Crest of Waves
Other premieres:
Armas Launis: Aslak Hetta (1931)

2004-2005
YLE commissions:
Seppo Pohjola: Symphony No. 1
Jukka Tiensuu: Guitar Concerto
Harri Vuori: Symphony (YLE commission)
Other premieres:
Erik Bergman: Fantasia per tromba ed orchestra
David del Puerto: Symphony No. 1 "Boreas", fp (Canaries Festival commission)
Osmo Tapio Räihälä: Barlinnie Nine

2005-2006
YLE commissions:
Anders Eliasson: Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra
Paavo Heininen: Piano concerto no. 4
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Concerto for accordion and orchestra
Uljas Pulkkis: New work for brass
Sibelius (orch. Kaipainen): Malinconia
Tapio Tuomela: Symphony no. 2
Other premieres:
J. S. Bach – Kalevi Aho: Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 545 for two orchestras
Kimmo Hakola: Le Sacrifice (new version)

2006–2007
YLE commissions:
Jouni Kaipainen: Violin Concerto
Jovanka Trbojevic: New work for orchestra
Eero Hämeenniemi: Symphony no. 4
Other premieres:
Aulis Sallinen (arr. Ralf Gothóni): Chamber Music V: Barabbas Variations (arr. for string orchestra and piano)'

2007-2008
YLE commissions:
Sallinen: Concerto for viola, clarinet and orchestra
Koskinen: Symphony
Pulkkis: Neito (commission with YL Male Choir)
Tiensuu: False Memories
Other premieres:
Eötvös: Concerto for two clarinets and orchestra(commission of the Canaries Festival)

2008–2009
YLE commissions:
Räihälä: Rautasade
Pohjola: Symphony No. 2
Pyysalo: Two Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Länsiö: Songs of Life
Korpijaakko: New work
Lindberg: New work
Lintinen: Piano Concerto

2009–2010
YLE commissions:
Lotta Wennäkoski: Flute Concerto
Mikko Heiniö: Moon Concerto
Harri Vuori: Ollin oppivuodet, film music
Ville Matvejeff: ad Astra
Kimmo Hakola: Symphony No. 1

2010-2011
YLE commissions:
Kaija Saariaho: Clarinet Concerto
Sebastian Fagerlund: Ignite
Tapio Tuomela: music to the silent movie The Witch’s Curse
Jouni Kaipainen: Commedia (Symphony No. 4) Op. 93
Olli Kortekangas: Piano concerto

2011-2012:
Ylen tilaukset:
Ville Matvejeff: Viulukonsertto
Yrjö Hjelt: Elämän maantiellä
Max Savikangas: Whisked Whistle
Matthew Whittal: The Heaven that Dwells so Deep

2012-2013:
Yle commissions:
Veli-Matti Puumala: Rope
Lotta Wennäkoski: Music for film Amor Omnia
Paavo Heininen: Kaukametsä op. 77
Paavo Heininen: Musta kehtolaulu op. 82
Aulis Sallinen: Viisi naismuotokuvaa op. 100
Jyrki Linjama: Vanitas

2013-2014:
Yle commissions:
Erkki-Sven Tüür: Clarinet concerto Peregrinus Ecstaticus
Kimmo Hakola: Music for film Tukkijoella
Sebastian Fagerlund: Guitar concerto
Tapani Länsiö: Symphony
Nuorvala: Septimalia

2014-2015:
Yle commissions:
Matthew Whittal: The Architecture of Happiness
Perttu Haapanen: New work
Jean Sibelius / Colin Matthews: Songs

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