Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm

Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm is the second album of the Finnish composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä, released in 2014. The music on the album is performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and two solo performers, the French horn player Jukka Harju and the pianist Matilda Kärkkäinen.[1] The album consists of five works, written between 1999 and 2012.[2] The opening track on the album, Barlinnie Nine, is a "musical portrait" of the Scottish ex-football player and Everton cult hero, Duncan Ferguson. The last track, Ardbeg (The Ultimate Piece for Orchestra) is a "musical landscape" of the Inner Hebrides island Islay, and an hommage to its single malt whisky tradition, and in particular Ardbeg.[3]

Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm
Studio album by
GenreArt music, Orchestral music, Contemporary music
LabelAlba Records
ProducerTimo Ruottinen
Osmo Tapio Räihälä chronology
Rock Painting
Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm

Track listingEdit

1."Barlinnie Nine"11:33
2."Soliloque 2: La tornade"7:37
3."Iron Rain (Rautasade)"15:32
4."Aflao Highway (I More Than Able 4:59 - II Observers Are Worried 4:17 - III Do Good in Case of Tomorrow 3:36)"12:52
5."Ardbeg (The Ultimate Piece for Orchestra)"17:04


Media receptionEdit

Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm received positive reviews in the music media, and is so far Räihälä's major critical success. For example, the Gramophone magazine stated that "This is a well-recorded disc of attractive music, well worth investigating".[4][5]

In 2015, Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm was nominated for the Independent Music Awards for the best Contemporary Classical album award.[6]


According to the sleeve notes, the tracks 1 (Barlinnie Nine) and 3 (Iron Rain) are live concert recordings, whereas the rest are studio recordings.


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  2. ^ "Composers & Repertoire - Music Finland". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  3. ^ "Works". Archived from the original on 2016-03-20. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  4. ^ "RÄIHÄLÄ Peat, Smoke and Seaweed Storm -". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  5. ^ "RÄIHÄLÄ - Peat, Smoke and Seaweed Storm Alba ABCD 367 [DC] Classical Music Reviews: April 2014 - MusicWeb-International". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
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