Lepo Sumera

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Lepo Sumera (8 May 1950 - 2 June 2000) was an Estonian composer and teacher. Considered one of Estonia's most renowned composers along with Heino Eller, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt, he was also his country's Minister of Culture from 1988 to 1992 during the days of the Singing Revolution.

He was born in Tallinn and studied with Veljo Tormis in his teens, and from 1968, with Heino Eller at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (then Tallinn State Conservatory). After Heino Eller's death in 1970, he studied with Heino Jürisalu, graduating in 1973. He then did postgraduate study at the Moscow Conservatory (1979–1982) with the Russian composer Roman Ledenev. Sumera first came to notice in 1972 with In Memoriam, an orchestral tribute to Eller. He went on to compose six symphonies and numerous chamber and vocal works which have been played by orchestras throughout North America and Europe as well as in Australia and Cuba.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Symphonies no. 1, no. 2 & no. 3 Lepo Sumera; Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi 1
1994 Musica tenera / Piano Concerto / Symphony no. 4 Lepo Sumera; Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Kalle Randalu 1
1996 Symphony no. 5 / Music for Chamber Orchestra / In memoriam Lepo Sumera; Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi 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
1999 Significatio Ester Mägi, Lepo Sumera, René Eespere, Jaan Rääts, Peeter Vähi 1
2000 Tüür: Lighthouse / Vasks: Musica adventus / Sumera: Symphone / Narbutaitė: Sinfonia col triangolo Tüür, Vasks, Sumera, Narbutaitė; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas 1
2001 Filmmusik von Lepo Sumera Lepo Sumera 1
2002 Kammermusik Lepo Sumera 1
2003 Symphony no. 6 / Cello Concerto / Musica profana Lepo Sumera; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, David Geringas 1
2005 Mushroom Cantata & Other Choral Works Lepo Sumera; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 ...Like Searching... Lepo Sumera 1

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