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JUSSI JALAS† - CONDUCTOR

Autographed original 3Ē x 5Ē photograph in a recording session from the collection created by record producer James Mallinson.

Jalas (1980 - 1985) interestingly came from a famous family of Finnish architects named Bolmsted. His father headed the firm which was joined by his two brothers.† The firm still exists today.† Jussi was born Armas Jussi Veikko Blomsted and changed his last name in 1943 to differentiate himself from his family.

Jalas studied at both the Helsinki Conservatory and the Music College now known as the Sibelius Academy.† Interestingly, Jalas met his future wife Margareta Sibelius, who was a violinist and also a conservatory student when they were both fifteen and was presented to the family at the family residence in Ainola in 1926.† They were married in 1929.† Margareta would be the only Sibelius daughter to receive a university degree.†

Jalas went to Paris that year to study conducting with Pierre Monteux and Rhenť-Baton.† From 1930 to 1945 Jalas was the Music Director of the National Theatre in Helsinki and in 1945 was appointed Music Director of the National Opera, a position he held until 1973.† He also taught the conducting class at the Sibelius Conservatory from 1943 to 1950 and from 1955 to 1965.

Jalasís reputation lies with his relationship with his father-in-law.† Jalas and Margareta were often visitors at Ainola as he worked with Sibelius on his technique leading his music.† He became a sought after authority after Sibeliusís death for conducting direction for his works.† Jalas for this reason was sought after internationally to conduct Sibelius around the world.† He made his American debut on tour in 1955 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.† That year he also conducted among others the New York Philharmonic.† In 1957, Jalas led the orchestras as Sibeliusís first Ainola funeral and the funeral in Helsinki.†

The conductor left a number of recordings, particularly strong in the field of Sibelius, though the current available releases were with the Hungarian State Symphony.† He also left a number of recordings of 20th Century Finnish composer recordings, as well as Shostakovich.† Interestingly, the American bass-baritone Norman Triegleís two solo opera aria records feature Jalas conducting.

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