Available until 15 June 2019

Sieidi, concerto for solo percussion and orchestra

Percussionist Martin Grubinger is a celebrated star in Europe and we are delighted with the opportunity to catch this magical concert together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Austrian Martin Grubinger is one of the world’s most distinguished multi-percussionists. His repertoire is both extensive and broad, ranging from solo works and chamber music to percussion concerts. He often appears together with his own percussion ensemble, Percussive Planet Ensemble, but also with prominent chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. His incredible technology and musical versatility make his concerts something extra.

Sieidi, from the northern Finnish language Samí, is the word for an ancient cult or ritual place and Aho thinks Luosto was probably used for this purpose.  Ritual is the overriding force in the concerto, whether in the pounding opening or in the frenzied solos given to the percussionist as he moves around the stage.  Aho has the soloist move from hand-beaten drums to instruments of pitch (marimba; vibraphone) to tam-tam, then back again in sequence.  It’s not all vigorous and primitive: on reaching the marimba, the soloist seems to tame the previously restless orchestra; later, crystalline bowed vibraphone marks the point of furthest retreat from the clatter.”


Aho Sieidi, concerto for solo percussion and orchestra


Gothenburg Symphony
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Martin Grubinger percussion

Recorded for GSOplay 15 February 2019

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