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LEIF SEGERSTAM

“Leif Segerstam has a fine feeling for the breadth and depth of Korngold’s intricate orchestrations and the nervous, erotic tension of his personal form of expressionism.”
BBC Music Magazine on the Naxos recording of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt performed by the Royal Swedish Opera under Leif Segerstam.

Born in 1944, Leif Segerstam studied violin, piano, composition and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, followed by postgraduate studies at The Juilliard School of Music in New York under Morel, Persinger, Overton and Persichetti.

He began his conducting career in the opera houses of Helsinki, Stockholm and West Berlin, and early guest appearances took him to the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the major European opera houses including La Scala and Covent Garden.

He was chief conductor of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1975–82, and of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 1987, with which he maintains close contact as principal guest conductor. From 1983–89 he served as general music director of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) and is still their honorary guest conductor.

His operatic work has included appearances at the Wiener Staatsoper and the royal theatres of Copenhagen and Stockholm. From 1988 to 1995 Mr Segerstam was chief conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. From the 1995/96 season he was appointed chief conductor and musical director at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001 he was appointed Chief Conductor at the Finnish National Opera.

Leif Segerstam is also a prolific composer in his own right of over fifty symphonies, string quartets, piano and string concertos and a host of other works.

For Marco Polo, Leif Segerstam has recorded the works of the forgotten French romantics and impressionists Koechlin, Roger-Ducasse, Rabaud, Aubert, Schmitt and Caplet. His Da Capo/Marco Polo joint productions include recordings of works by Borup-Jorgensen (Naxos 8.224030), Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Rasmussen and Sorensen (Naxos 8.224039).

Most notably, Leif Segerstam astonished the opera world with his release of the first digital recording of Korngold’s luminous Die Tote Stadt on Naxos Opera Classics.

Released in June 2010 (UK only): Chill With Collection (Naxos 8.501046, 10-CD box set); in June 2010 (internationally): Meditation (Naxos 8.508010, 8-CD box set)


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A TO Z OF OPERA Naxos Educational
8.555037-38
Opera
AUBERT: Orchestral Works Marco Polo
8.223531
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN / MOZART / WAGNER / MUSSORGSKY: Opera Scenes BIS
BIS-CD-373-74
Opera
BERG, A.: Wozzeck Naxos
8.660076-77
Opera
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.554682
Opera
BLOMDAHL: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 BIS
BIS-CD-611
Orchestral
BORUP-JOSGENSEN: Sommasvit / Nordisk Sommerpastorale Dacapo
8.224030
Orchestral
Children (Classical Favourites for) - Teddy Bear at the Concert Orkesterimusiikin suosikkeja lapsille (Nallekarhu konsertissa) Ondine
ODE927-2
Orchestral
CHILL WITH DEBUSSY Naxos
8.556788
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS 1999 Naxos
8.551183
Opera
CLASSICAL CHILLOUT - The Essential Collection Naxos
8.570223-24
Orchestral
CLASSICAL IMAGES FROM FINLAND Ondine
ODE1004-2
Orchestral, Vocal
Classics at the Movies: Comedy 2 Naxos
8.556812
Opera
CLASSICS FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-180
Orchestral
DEBUSSY (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552127-28
Orchestral
DEBUSSY-CAPLET: Children's Corner Suite Marco Polo
8.223751
Orchestral
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera, Orchestral
DVORAK: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 and 72 BIS
BIS-CD-425
Orchestral
FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Ondine
ODE863-2
Orchestral
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Symphony-Antiphony / RASMUSSEN: Symphony in Time Dacapo
DCCD 9010
Orchestral
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Orchestral
KOECHLIN: Buisson Ardent (Le) / Sur Les Flots Lointains Marco Polo
8.223704
Orchestral
KOECHLIN: Heures Persanes (Les) , Op. 65 Marco Polo
8.223504
Orchestral
KOECHLIN: Livre de la Jungle (Le) Marco Polo
8.223484
Orchestral
KORNGOLD: Tote Stadt (Die) Naxos
8.660060-61
Opera
LAND OF A THOUSAND LAKES - The Beauty of Finnish National Romanticism: Music of Sibelius / Kaski / Melartin / Merikanto / Jarnefelt / Klami Ondine
ODE932-2
Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral
LASTENLAULUJEN AARREAITTA Ondine
ODE1061-2
Vocal, Vocal Ensemble, Orchestral, Vocal Ensemble, Orchestral, Vocal Ensemble, Orchestral, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal
LINDBERG, Christian: 10-Year Jubilee BIS
BIS-CD-638
Concertos
LUTOSLAWSKI: Cello Concerto / PENDERECKI: Cello Concerto No. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-937
Concertos
MELARTIN, E.: Violin Concerto in D Minor / Lyric Suite No. 3 / Sleeping Beauty Suite No. 1 (Storgards, Tampere Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE923-2
Concertos, Orchestral
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition / St. John's Night on Bald Mountain BIS
BIS-CD-325
Orchestral
NORDGREN / BERGMAN: Violin Concertos / SEGERSTAM: A Last Melodioso BIS
BIS-CD-326
Concertos, Orchestral
NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS - The Ultimate Finnish Orchestral Favourites Ondine
ODE991-2
Orchestral
OD (Orphei Drangar) Highlights BIS
BIS-CD-383
Opera
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Opera
OPERA GALA (Mattila, Garanca, Isokoski, Uusitalo, Hakala, Hynninen) Ondine
ODE1139-2F
Opera
Orchestral Music - SIBELIUS, J. / GLAZUNOV, A.K. / GRIEG, E. / SVENDSEN, J. (White Nights - Music of Tranquil Beauty) Ondine
ODE964-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SIBELIUS, J. / GRIEG, E. / NIELSEN, C. (Scandinavian Rhapsody) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE824-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Finnish) - RAUTAVAARA, E. / SIBELIUS, J. / MERIKANTO, A. / KANTILEN, T. / PINGOUD, E. / SALLINEN, A. / NORDGREN, P.H. Ondine
ODE937-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Nordic): RAUTAVAARA, E. / PINGOUD, E. / NORDGREN, P.H. / SALLINEN, A. (Aurora Borealis - The Magic of Northern Lights) Ondine
ODE1137-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music: PUUMALA, V.-M. / KORTEKANGAS, O. / KOSKINEN, J. / TUOMELA, T. / POHJANNORO, H. (Society of Finnish Composers) (Segerstam) Ondine
ODE866-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music: STRAUSS II, J. / BRAHMS, J. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. (Kevein savelin) (Segerstam, Gomez Martinez, Saul, Tikka) Ondine
ODE1077-2
Orchestral
PETTERSSON, A.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 15 (Norrkoping Symphony, Segerstam) BIS
BIS-CD-680
Orchestral
PETTERSSON, A.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 11 (Norrkoping Symphony, Segerstam) BIS
BIS-CD-580
Orchestral
PETTERSSON, A.: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 10 (Norrkoping Symphony, Segerstam) BIS
BIS-CD-880
Orchestral
PIANO RHAPSODY - An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pontinen BIS
BIS-9044
Concertos
RABAUD: Orchestral Works Marco Polo
8.223503
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Sonnets of Shakespeare / 5 Sonette an Orpheus / Die Liebenden / God's Way / 3 Songs from the Opera Aleksis Kivi (Suovanen) Ondine
ODE1085-2
Vocal
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Before the Icons / A Tapestry of Life (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1149-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cantus Arcticus / A Requiem in Our Time / The Fiddlers / Isle of Bliss / Piano Concerto No. 1 (Essential Rautavaara) Ondine
ODE989-2
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cantus arcticus / Angels and Visitations / Autumn Gardens / Apotheosis / Vigilia / Piano Concerto No. 1 Ondine
ODE1079-2D
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Choral Works (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Nuoranne) Ondine
ODE1186-2Q
Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Concertos Ondine
ODE1156-2Q
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Garden of Spaces / Clarinet Concerto / Cantus arcticus (Stoltzman, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1041-2
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Harp Concerto / Symphony No. 8 (Nordmann, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE978-2
Orchestral, Concertos
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Manhattan Trilogy / Symphony No. 3 (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1090-5
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E.: On the Last Frontier / Flute Concerto / Anadyomene (Gallois) Ondine
ODE921-2
Orchestral, Concertos, Choral - Secular
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Violin Concerto / Isle of Bliss / Angels and Visitations (Oliveira, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE881-2
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA, E: Symphonies Nos. 1-8 (Franck, Pommer, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1145-2Q
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-66
Orchestral
RAUTAVAARA: Symphony No. 7 / Annunciations Ondine
ODE869-2
Orchestral, Concertos
REGER, M.: Orchestral Works (Norrkoping Symphony, L. Segerstam) BIS
BIS-9047
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
REGER: Mozart Variations / Symphonic Prologue to a Tragedy BIS
BIS-CD-771
Orchestral
REGER: Piano Concerto, Op. 114 / Suite im alten Stil BIS
BIS-CD-711
Concertos, Orchestral
REGER: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Ludwig van Beethoven / 4 Bocklin Tone Pictures BIS
BIS-CD-601
Orchestral
ROGER-DUCASSE: Au jardin de Marguerite / Suite francaise / Epithalame Marco Polo
8.223641
Orchestral
ROGER-DUCASSE: Marche francaise / Nocturne de printemps / Orphee Marco Polo
8.223501
Orchestral
ROGER-DUCASSE: Orchestral Works Naxos
8.550891
Orchestral
ROMANTIC TROMBONE CONCERTOS BIS
BIS-CD-378
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
ROSING-SCHOW, N.: Archipel des solitudes Dacapo
8.224163
Vocal, Opera, Vocal, Opera, Vocal, Opera
ROTT: Symphony in E Major BIS
BIS-CD-563
Orchestral
ROUSE, C.: Gerettete Alberich (Der) / Rapture / Violin Concerto (Lin, Glennie, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1016-2
Orchestral, Concertos
SCHMITT: Orchestral Works Marco Polo
8.223689
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE, A.: Music featured in Volker Schondoff's film Der Neunte Tag (Markiz, Segerstam) BIS
BIS-CD-1507
Concertos
SCHNITTKE, A.: Symphonies Nos. 0-9 BIS
BIS-CD-1767-68
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Klingende Buchstaben / 4 Hymns BIS
BIS-CD-507
Concertos
SCHNITTKE: Faust Cantata BIS
BIS-CD-437
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-577
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 2, "St. Florian" BIS
BIS-CD-667
Orchestral
SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Concerto, Op. posth. / Cello Concerto, 129 (arr. for violin and orchestra) (Storgards, Tampere Philharmonic) Ondine
ODE879-2
Concertos
SCRIABIN, A.: Symphony No. 2 / Reverie / Le Poeme de l'extase (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Segerstam) BIS
BIS-CD-535
Orchestral
SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto / Symphony No. 3, "Le divin poeme" BIS
BIS-CD-475
Concertos, Orchestral
SCRIABIN: Symphony No. 1 / Prometheus BIS
BIS-CD-534
Orchestral
SEASONS OF FINNISH LIFESTYLE Ondine
ODE1152-2
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
SEGERSTAM, L.: Symphony No. 18 in one thought / Epitaph No. 6 / Impressions of Nordic Nature No. 4 / Flower Bouquet No. 43E (Segerstam) Ondine
ODE877-2
Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Patria / SKIZZEN / DIVERTIMENTO BIS
BIS-CD-84
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Six Songs of Experience / String Quartet BIS
BIS-CD-39
Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Symphony No. 11 / Symphony No. 14 BIS
BIS-CD-483
Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Symphony No. 13 / Piano Concerto No. 3 / Moments of Peace III BIS
BIS-CD-484
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Symphony No. 16 / Nocturne BIS
BIS-CD-584
Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Symphony No. 17, Streamings in the Soul BIS
BIS-CD-684
Orchestral
SEGERSTAM: Thoughts BIS
BIS-CD-583
Orchestral
SEROCKI / SANDSTROM: Trombone Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-538
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: 10 Little Pieces / 2 Serenades / The Tempest / 7 Songs (A Five-Star Sibelius Celebration) Ondine
ODE1108-2
Vocal
SIBELIUS, J.: Academic March / Cantata for the Conferment Ceremony of 1894 / Cantata for the Coronation of Nicholas II (Finnish Philharmonic Choir) Ondine
ODE936-2
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Kullervo (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1122-5
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Lemminkainen Suite / Tapiola (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE852-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Orchestral Favourites (Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Ollila, Saraste, Sibelius) Ondine
ODE1037-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Orchestral Songs (Hynninen) Ondine
ODE823-2
Vocal
SIBELIUS, J.: Orchestral Songs (Isokoski) Ondine
ODE1080-5
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal
SIBELIUS, J.: Sibelius Festival (Helsinki Philharmonic) Ondine
ODE930-2
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies (Complete) / Violin Concerto / Finlandia (Kuusisto, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1075-2Q
Orchestral, Concertos, Choral - Secular
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 7 (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1007-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6 (Helsinki Philharmonic) Ondine
ODE1026-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1035-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 4 / Pohjola's Daughter / Finlandia (Polytech Male Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1040-2
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
SIBELIUS, J.: Tapiola / Lemminkainen Suite (excerpts) / Pohjola's Daughter / Vaino's Song / A Song for Lemminkainen (Helsinki Philharmonic) Ondine
ODE1052-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Tempest Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / The Oceanides / Night Ride and Sunrise (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE914-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto in D Minor / Karelia Suite / Belshazzar's Feast Suite (Kuusisto, Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE878-2
Orchestral, Concertos
SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto in D Minor / Symphony No. 2 Ondine
ODE1115-2
Orchestral, Concertos
SORENSEN : Sterbende Garten / The Echoing Garden Dacapo
8.224039
Orchestral
TANSSIINKUTSU - Invitation a la Valse Ondine
ODE815-2
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor / GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A Minor BIS
BIS-CD-375
Concertos
WAGNER, R.: Arias (Uusitalo) Ondine
ODE1121-2
Opera
WAGNER, R.: Opera Choruses Naxos
8.557714
Opera
WAGNER, R.: Opera Choruses (Royal Swedish Opera, Segerstam) Naxos
8.557326-27
Opera
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde Naxos
8.660152-54
Opera
WAGNER, R: Ultimate Opera Album (The) Naxos
8.578070-71
Opera





 
 
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