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ERI KLAS

The Estonian conductor Eri Klas, whose greatest musical influence came from David Oistrakh, a great friend of his family, guest conducts frequently on the North American continent. In 1995, he made his début at Severance Hall in Cleveland, and at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, after successful appearances at Blossom Center and Ravinia. He has been a regular guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as at Hollywood Bowl since his début there in 1991, which also marked his first appearance in the United States. Since then, he has appeared with most of the major North American orchestras. He is equally in demand throughout Europe and Asia, where he conducted a most successful tour of the Asian Youth Orchestra with the violinist Gidon Kremer as soloist. He has conducted orchestras throughout Australia and Mexico. In 1989 he conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, followed by appearances in Munich and Hamburg, and has collaborated with major orchestras throughout Europe. In Scandinavia his name is closely associated with the Stockholm and Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Swedish and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras. In 1964 Eri Klas made his conducting début at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn, where he was appointed music director in 1975 and is now conductor laureate. He conducted the Bolshoy Opera in Moscow between 1969 and 1971, and toured with them to Paris, Tokyo, and Athens. Between 1985 and 1990, he was music director of the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Eri Klas is closely associated with leading composers, conducting world premières of works by Schnittke, Gorecki, Pärt and a number of Estonian composers. In 1990 he was awarded the Swedish Order of Nordstjernen by King Carl Gustav, followed by the Order of the Finnish Lion, bestowed on him by the President of Finland. In 1994, he received an honorary doctorate from the Estonian Music Academy and was also appointed professor of the Helsinki Sibelius Academy. Eri Klas is currently Music Director of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Finnish National Opera.

July 2002


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERG, A.: Violin Concerto / 3 Pieces from the Lyric Suite / 3 Orchestral Pieces Naxos
8.554755
Orchestral, Concertos
CORIGLIANO, J.: Phantasmagoria Suite / To Music / Fantasia on an Ostinato / 3 Hallucinations (Tampere Philharmonic, Klas) Ondine
ODE1058-2
Orchestral
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Concertos
ENGLUND, E.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 6 (Gustagsson, Klas) Ondine
ODE951-2
Concertos, Choral - Secular
ENGLUND, E.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Epinikia (Raekallio, Klas) Ondine
ODE1015-2
Concertos, Orchestral
ENGLUND, E.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 / The Great Wall of China Suite (Tampere Philharmonic, Klas) Ondine
ODE961-2
Orchestral
FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Ondine
ODE863-2
Choral - Secular
MOZART / VERDI: Opera Arias for Bass BIS
BIS-CD-520
Opera
MOZART JUBILEUM Ondine
ODE1078-2
Opera
NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS - The Ultimate Finnish Orchestral Favourites Ondine
ODE991-2
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
Opera Arias (Baritone) - Hynninen, Jorma Ondine
ODE731-2
Opera
Opera Arias (Baritone): Hakala, Tommi - VERDI, G. / WAGNER, R. / LEONCAVALLO, R. / PUCCINI, G. / GIORDANO, U. / GOUNOD, C.F. / MOZART, W.A. Ondine
ODE1048-2
Opera
Opera Arias (Coloratura): Dilber - BELLINI, V. / VERDI, G. / MEYERBEER, G. / DELIBES, L. / DONIZETTI, G. / STRAUSS II, J. / STRAUSS, R. Ondine
ODE768-2
Opera, Orchestral, Opera
OPERA GALA (Mattila, Garanca, Isokoski, Uusitalo, Hakala, Hynninen) Ondine
ODE1139-2F
Opera
RAUTAVAARA: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 / Isle of Bliss Naxos
8.557009
Orchestral, Concertos
SALMENHAARA, E.: Suomi-Finland / La fille en mini-jupe / Adagietto / Le bateau ivre (Tampere Philharmonic, Klas) Ondine
ODE1031-2
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE, A.: Symphonies Nos. 0-9 BIS
BIS-CD-1767-68
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Peer Gynt BIS
BIS-CD-677-78
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 3 BIS
BIS-CD-477
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 BIS
BIS-CD-487
Concertos
SCHNITTKE: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 BIS
BIS-CD-517
Concertos
SIBELIUS, J.: Cantatas / Finlandia (Complete) (Finnish National Opera Chorus, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Klas) Ondine
ODE754-2
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
SIBELIUS, J.: Tapiola / Lemminkainen Suite (excerpts) / Pohjola's Daughter / Vaino's Song / A Song for Lemminkainen (Helsinki Philharmonic) Ondine
ODE1052-2
Choral - Secular





 
 
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