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Finland, Kalevi Kiviniemi - With Spirit and Fire

Organ Sounds from Finland

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Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Veikko Virtanen Organ, Lahti Church of the Cross and Organ of Lakeuden Risti Church

Veikko Virtanen Organ, Lahti Church of the Cross and Organ of Lakeuden Risti Church

Like the organ in the Lakeuden Risti Church in Seinäjoki, the instrument in the Church of the Cross in Lahti has 52 stops. Built in 1979 by the company Veikko Virtanen from Espoo, the division of the four manual construction can be seen in the asymmetrical facade: The Brustwerk, Hauptwerk and Oberwerk are centred on top of each other. On the right is the large Swell on two levels, on the left the pipes of the pedal.



Kangasalan Urkurakentamo organ, LAKEUDEN RISTI CHURCH, Seinäjoki

The organ prospect in Lakeuden Risti Church speaks the language of its construction in 1960, but it also surprises with its multi-layered and asymmetrical design, which visually sets this instrument apart from many other organs of the time. The Finnish organ-building company, Kangasalan Urkutehdas, realised an instrument with 52 stops over four manuals and pedal.
Finlandia Hall in Finland’s capital Helsinki is situated in a prominent location in a park on Töölönlahti Bay and was designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. Aalto was also a designer, as you can see in Finlandia Hall, where every piece of furniture, every lamp, every material used bears Aalto’s signature. The main building (which also has a congress annex) houses several halls and foyers. The large auditorium with 1700 seats is not only used for concerts, but has also been the venue for important international political summit meetings (e.g. OSCE 1975). Finland’s first concert hall organ is located in this hall. Its facade also shows Aalto’s design influence.
Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Organ of Turku Cathedral & Organ of Turku St. Michael’s Church

Organ of Turku Cathedral, Finland



In 1980, the organ builder, Veikko Virtanen, built the present organ of Turku Cathedral. As can be seen from the prospectus, the stoplist with its 75 stops is in the tradition of the North German organ movement. Nevertheless, the organ is also suitable for Romantic and Symphonic organ works thanks to its richly scored Swell. Despite its imposing size, the key action is mechanical. A special feature is a single-manual console in the lower choir gallery, which can be used to electrically control the organ’s Rückpositiv for continuo purposes.



Organ of Turku St. Michael’s Church

With 52 stops, the organ of St. Michael’s Church in Turku, built in 2002 by the Swedish organ-building company, Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri AB, is somewhat smaller than the cathedral organ, but with a Symphonically-inspired stoplist just as rich. The simple prospect picks up designs of the early 20th century and has clear parallels to the prospect of the Walcker organ in Tampere Cathedral. Despite the manageable size of the room, the organ has two 32′ stops, including a full-length 32′ Kontrabombarde.
Finland – With Spirit and Fire
Kalevi Kiviniemi © Kari Kiviniemi
Kalevi Kiviniemi is Finland! He has recorded the complete works of Jean Sibelius and often presents his great symphonic national epic “Finlandia” in organ version. But Kiviniemi is also a much-booked interpreter and ingenious improviser who travels the world; a fabulous virtuoso who does not shy away from even the most breakneck transcription; an organist with a huge discography (more than 160 albums!) and his own YouTube channel; a highly esteemed jury member; and last but not least, a humorous and extremely likeable artist. Clear the ring for Finland!

Finland, Kalevi Kiviniemi - With Spirit and Fire

Organ Sounds from Finland

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