Repertoire Report- Sasha Mäkilä 2011

Next up in the 2011 Repertoire Reports is Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, Sasha Mäkilä.

I first became aware of Maestro Mäkilä when a couple of comments on VFTP led me to his excellent blog– to the best of my knowledge, Sasha was the second conductor to start and maintain a blog (VFTP was the first to survive beyond a handful of posts).  Sasha was also the clear star of the first #askaconductor event on Twitter last year.

Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä is gaining recognition as one of the most prominent rising talents of his generation in both the operatic and symphonic fields. He joined the conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Conductor under Maestro Franz Welzer-Möst in September 2010 after completing a three-year tenure at Orchestre National de France as Maestro Kurt Masur’s assistant.

Originally a cellist, Sasha Mäkila studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). He was nominated a Conducting Fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen (2009) and he was also a prize winner at the Sixth Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition (USA, 2006) as well as finalist in the Suwon International Conductors Competition (South Korea, 2005).

I was particularly keen to get a Report from Sasha because his workload is a perfect demonstration of the myriad challenges faced by a staff conductor at a major orchestra. In addition to his own busy conducting schedule, Maestro Mäkilä has covered 105 classical works and 51 pops pieces for the Cleveland Orchestra in 2011. That’s a huge amount of studying and preparation- he has to know every one of these scores well enough to conduct any of them with the Cleveland Orchestra at the drop of a hat.

 

SASHA MÄKILÄ

REPERTOIRE REPORT 2011

 

REPERTOIRE CONDUCTED (CLEVELAND AND GUEST CONDUCTING)

CLASSICAL:

  1. Bach – Ouverture C Major, BWV 1066
  2. Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), Movement 3
  3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
  4. Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
  5. Britten: “Sentimental Sarabande” from Simple Symphony
  6. Chadwick: “Hobgoblin” from Symphonic Sketches
  7. Copland: Variations on “Simple Gifts”
  8. Corigliano: Concerto for Piano
  9. Crowe: How the birds came into the world
  10. Dvorak: Second Movement from Symphony No. 9
  11. Dvorak: Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 9
  12. Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Major
  13. Dvorák – Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 (No. 1, 5, or 8 )
  14. Falla – “Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo
  15. Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto
  16. Griebling-Haigh – Alegrias for oboe, accordion, strings, piano and percussion
  17. Griebling-Haigh – Sinfonia Concertante for two oboes, bassoon and strings
  18. GRIEG – Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
  19. Handel – “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon
  20. Haydn – Symphony No. 96 (“The Miracle”), Movement 4
  21. Haydn – Symphony No. 98
  22. HOLST – Planets
  23. Kuusisto – Kongressin jälkeen (cantata)
  24. Lalo – Cello Concerto, Movement 3
  25. Mozart – Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
  26. PROKOFIEV – Classical Symphony
  27. PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 5 (Beyond the Score production)
  28. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
  29. SHOSTAKOVICH – Violin Concerto No. 1
  30. Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
  31. SIBELIUS – Suite from Kuolema
  32. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 1
  33. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 5
  34. SMETANA – Overture from “Bartered Bride”
  35. Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
  36. TCHAIKOVSKY – Rococo Variations
  37. Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings, Movement 2
  38. WAGNER: Die Meistersinger Overture

 

POPS:

  1. Alpert: Midnight Sun
  2. Ellington: Come Sunday
  3. Ellington: Prelude to a Kiss
  4. Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
  5. Gershwin: Overture to Girl Crazy
  6. Gershwin: Overture to Strike Up the Band
  7. Joplin: Entertainer
  8. Mandel: The Shadow of Your Smile
  9. Miller: Stairway to the Stars
  10. Porter: Let’s Do It
  11. Porter: My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  12. Richman: Western Fanfare
  13. Rodgers: My Favorite Things
  14. Strayhorn: Lush Life
  15. Ward: America the Beautiful
  16. Weill: My Ship
  17. Weill: Speak Low

REPERTOIRE COVERED (FOR THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA)

 

CLASSICAL:

  1. ADAMS – Guide to Strange Places
  2. ADAMS – Violin Concerto
  3. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
  4. BACH – Cantata No. 202 (Wedding Cantata)
  5. BACH – Sinfonia, from BWV209
  6. BACH – Sinfonia, from BWV42
  7. BACH – Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV1066
  8. BACH – Suite No. 3 in D major
  9. BACH – Violin Concerto in A minor
  10. BACH, CPE – Cello Concerto in A major, WQ172
  11. BACH, CPE – Sinfonia in D major, W183 No. 1
  12. BARBER – Symphony No. 1
  13. BARTOK – Piano Concerto No. 2
  14. BEETHOVEN – Romance No. 2 for violin and orchestra
  15. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8
  16. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”)
  17. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
  18. BERG – Violin Concerto
  19. BERLIOZ – Roman Carnival Overture
  20. BERNSTEIN – Serenade
  21. BIZET – Carmen, orchestral excerpts
  22. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
  23. BRUCH – Adagio appassionato for violin and orchestra
  24. BRUCH – Violin Concerto No. 1
  25. BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 5
  26. BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 7
  27. BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 8
  28. BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 9
  29. COPLAND – Lincoln Portrait
  30. Copland: “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land
  31. Debussy: Printemps
  32. Debussy: “Rondes de Printemps” from Images
  33. ELGAR – Enigma Variations
  34. ENESCU – Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
  35. Goldenthal: Duet from Othello
  36. HANDEL – Concerto Grosso
  37. HANDEL – Music for the Royal Fireworks
  38. HANDEL – The King Shall Rejoice
  39. HANDEL – Zadok the Priest
  40. Handel : “Hallelujah” Chorus, from Messiah
  41. HAYDN – Piano Concerto in D major
  42. HAYDN – Symphony No. 104 (“London”)
  43. HAYDN – Symphony No. 98
  44. IVES – Variations on America
  45. KABALEVSKY – Overture to Colas Breugnon
  46. Liszt: Les Préludes
  47. MENDELSSOHN – Dona Nobis Pacem
  48. MENDELSSOHN – Hear My Prayer
  49. MENDELSSOHN – Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  50. MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”)
  51. MENDELSSOHN – Violin Concerto
  52. Menotti: Introduction, March, and Shepherds’ Dance, from Amahl and the Night Visitors
  53. MOZART – Don Giovanni
  54. MOZART – Horn Concerto No. 2, K417
  55. MOZART – Mass in C minor, K427
  56. MOZART – Piano Concerto No. 17, K453
  57. MOZART – Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
  58. MOZART – Symphony No. 25
  59. Mussorgsky: Prelude to Khovanshchina
  60. NIELSEN – Symphony No. 4 (“The Inextinguishable”)
  61. OLIVERIO – Dynasty: Double Concerto for Timpani
  62. Pierce: Night
  63. PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 5
  64. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
  65. Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
  66. Pärt: Tabula Rasa
  67. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
  68. RAVEL – Boléro
  69. RAVEL – La Valse
  70. SAINT-SAËNS – Symphony No. 3 (“Organ Symphony”)
  71. SARASATE – Gypsy Airs
  72. SCHÖNBERG – Pelleas and Melisande
  73. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 7
  74. Sibelius: Violin Concerto
  75. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: Overture to Die Fledermaus
  76. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: Polka: Auf der Jagd (“At the Hunt”)
  77. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: Polka: Im Krapfenwaldl (“In Krapfen’s Woods”)
  78. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: Polka: Tritsch-Tratsch
  79. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: Radetzky March
  80. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: The Emperor Waltz
  81. STRAUSS, JOHANN JR: Waltz: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
  82. STRAUSS, R. – Aus Italien
  83. STRAUSS, R. – Don Juan
  84. STRAUSS, R. – Ein Heldenleben
  85. STRAUSS, R. – Metamorphosen
  86. STRAUSS, R. – Till Eulenspiegel
  87. STRAVINSKY – Agon
  88. STRAVINSKY – Capriccio (for piano and orchestra)
  89. STRAVINSKY – Concerto in D
  90. STRAVINSKY – Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss
  91. STRAVINSKY – Mass
  92. Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D
  93. SZYMANOWSKI – Violin Concerto No. 1
  94. TCHAIKOVSKY – “1812” Overture
  95. TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4
  96. TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”)
  97. TCHAIKOVSKY – Violin Concerto
  98. Tchaikovsky: Final Waltz and Finale, from The Nutcracker
  99. Tchaikovsky: Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, Act III
  100. Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker
  101. VASKS – English Horn Concerto
  102. WAGNER – Overture to Tannhäuser
  103. WEBER – Overture to Euryanthe
  104. WEBERN – Im Sommerwind
  105. WIDMANN – Con brio: Concert Overture

 

POPS:

  1. Anderson: Sleigh Ride
  2. Berlin: Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  3. Berlin: Blue Skies
  4. Berlin: Entr’acte
  5. Berlin: Heat Wave
  6. Berlin: How Deep Is the Ocean
  7. Berlin: I Love A Piano
  8. Berlin: Irving Berlin Overture
  9. Berlin: Irving Berlin’s America
  10. Berlin: Let’s Face the Music and Dance
  11. Berlin: Play a Simple Melody
  12. Berlin: Remember
  13. Berlin: Sisters Medley
  14. Berlin: Steppin’ Out Medley
  15. Berlin: Strolling Up the Avenue
  16. Berlin: There’s No Business Like Show Business
  17. Berlin: What’ll I Do
  18. Berlin: “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin
  19. BERNSTEIN – Overture to West Side Story
  20. Blake: Walking in the Air
  21. Burt: Caroling, Caroling
  22. Dragon: I Am An American
  23. ELLINGTON – Sophisticated Lady
  24. GERSHWIN – Gershwin in Hollywood
  25. Gould- American Salute
  26. Gould: Memorial (on “Taps”) from American Ballads
  27. Gruber: Silent Night
  28. JOPLIN – Maple Leaf Rag
  29. Martin: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  30. Pierpont: Jingle Bells
  31. Pirates Of The Caribbean — The Curse Of The Black Pearl (full soundtrack)
  32. Reineke: Celebration Fanfare
  33. Reineke: River Medley
  34. Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner
  35. SOUSA – Washington Post March
  36. Sousa: National Emblem March
  37. Traditional: Away in a Manger arranged by John Rutter for chorus
  38. Traditional: Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella arranged by Leroy Anderson for strings
  39. Traditional: Coventry Carol arranged by Leroy Anderson for woodwinds
  40. Traditional: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, arranged by David Willcocks
  41. Traditional: I Saw Three Ships arranged by Leroy Anderson for brass
  42. Traditional: March-Past of the United States Armed Forces
  43. Traditional: Personent hodie Traditional, arranged by Lara Hoggard
  44. Traditional: Suo-gân Traditional, arranged by Mack Wilberg
  45. Traditional: The First Noël Traditional, arranged by Carmen Dragon
  46. Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas, arranged by John Rutter
  47. Traditional: We wish you a Merry Christmas
  48. Ward: America the Beautiful
  49. Whear: Stars in the Field of Blue
  50. Williams: Born on the Fourth of July
  51. Williams: Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, from Home Alone 2

 

 

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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