Eri Klas

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Eri Klas (born in Tallinn, 1939) is an Estonian conductor.

Klas has mainly worked in the Nordic scene since, but might be best known for his work leading the defunct Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He premiered Alfred Schnittke's 1st Cello Concerto (Munich Philharmonic, 1986) and Peer Gynt ballet (Hamburg State Opera, 1989), and has worked on the diffusion of the Estonian symphonic repertory. He is also active as a pedagogue, holding professorships at the Sibelius Academy (1993–97) and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (1997– ), where he has received an honorary doctorate.

He has been decorated the Order of the Lion of Finland (1992, on the occasion of Finland's 75th Independence Day) and the Order of the White Star, and is an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 1986 he was named a People's Artist of the USSR. A former Estonian lightweight junior boxing champion, he is also a member of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Symphony no. 3 Alfred Schnittke; Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas 1
1990 The Alfred Schnittke Edition, Volume 7: Violin Concertos no. 1 & no. 2 Alfred Schnittke; Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas, Mark Lubotsky 1
1990 Cantatas Jean Sibelius; Finnish National Orchestra Chorus and Orchestra, Eri Klas 1
1991 Violin Concertos no. 3 & no. 4 Alfred Schnittke; Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas, Oleh Krysa 1
1994 The Alfred Schnittke Edition, Volume 18: Peer Gynt Alfred Schnittke; Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Stockholm, Eri Klas 1
1996 Violin Concerto, op. 47 / Finlandia, op. 26 Jean Sibelius; Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas, Jaakko Kuusisto 1
1998 Sumera: In Memoriam / Tubin: Viiulikontsert nr. 2 / Lemba: Klaverikontsert nr. 1 Lepo Sumera, Eduard Tubin, Artur Lemba; Zelia Aumere-Uhke, Matti Reimann, Eri Klas, Gunnar Staern, Neeme Järvi, Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester, Rootsi Raadio Sümfooniaorkester 1
2000 Cello Concerto / Aphorisms (Symphony no. 6) Einar Englund; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Choir, Eri Klas, Jan-Erik Gustafsson 1
2000 The Great Wall of China / Symphonies 4 & 5 Einar Englund; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas 1
2002 Violin Concerto / Lyric Suite / Three Orchestral Pieces Alban Berg; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas, Rebecca Hirsch 1
2003 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Epinikia Einar Englund; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas, Matti Raekallio 1
2003 Piano Concertos nos. 2 and 3 Einojuhani Rautavaara; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas, Laura Mikkola 1
2004 Suomi-Finland / La Fille en mini-jupe / Adagietto / Le Bateau ivre Erkki Salmenhaara; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas 1
2004 Great Baritone Arias Tommi Hakala, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas 1
2005 Phantasmagoria / To Music / Fantasia on an Ostinato / Three Hallucinations John Corigliano; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Eri Klas 1

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