Olli Virtaperko

Romer's gap


Ambrosian Delights

Perttu Kivilaakso, amplified cello
Joonatan Rautiola, baritone saxophone
Jonte Knif, knifonium
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Ville Matvejeff, conductor

Finnish contemporary
Crossover, Contemporary, Electronic, Indie


Sleeve notes in English


October 2017

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1305-2

0 761195 130520

Track listing

CD 72:13
Olli Virtaperko (1973)
Romer's Gap for amplified cello and sinfonietta 28:28
1 I. - Cadenza 10:19
2 II. 11:01
3 III. 7:08
4 Multikolor for baritone saxophone and small chamber orchestra 16:22
Ambrosian Delights for knifonium and chamber orchestra 27:11
5 I. Fat & Filth - Cadenza (attacca) 6:56
6 II. Ambrosian Delights (attacca) 5:31
7 III. Passacaglia 4:34
8 IV. More is More 10:10

Complete description

This exciting new release of contemporary music includes three new concertos by Finnish composer Olli Virtaperko (b. 1973). The concertos are combining multiple styles from Baroque to prog jazz as well as different performance practices. Romer’s Gap is a concerto for electrically amplified cello featuring as soloist Perttu Kivilaakso, best known as lead cellist in the multi-million selling rock band Apocalyptica. Ambrosian Delights is a concerto for the knifonium, a vacuum-tube-based analogue synthesiser created by Jonte Knif. Multikolor, written for Joonatan Rautiola, is a single-movement work for baritone sax and small chamber orchestra. All three works are recorded by the Jyväskylä Sinfonia under conductor Ville Matvejeff. 


“The three concertos on this album were written within a relatively short space of time, between 2013 and 2016. They reflect basic themes in my music in different ways, including my relationship to tradition and the problems of combining multiple styles and performance practices”, composer Olli Virtaperko describes in his liner notes, and continues: “What links these three concertos is that the solo parts were customised according to the technical and expressive potential of the soloists who premiered and recorded them. I collaborated closely with the soloist in each case. - - The past four-year period has offered me a fascinating journey into new musical colours and the borderland between acoustic and amplified music – with all the possibilities and challenges that this entails.”


Olli Virtaperko has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. He studied composition, the Baroque cello and early music performance practice at the University of Edinburgh and at the Sibelius Academy, and on the other hand he was also a vocalist in one of Finland’s most popular rock groups, Ultra Bra. Virtaperko’s musical background feeds directly into his work as a composer, which includes heavy-duty solo concertos and orchestral works but also a number of works for Baroque and Renaissance period instruments and for his own early music group, Ensemble Ambrosius.