Turku Philharmonic plays Leif Segerstam’s Symphony No.288 “Letting the FLOW go on…” (unconducted; composer at the piano); October 6, 2016. [As of April 2021, Segerstam has written 344 Symphonies.] Jan 14, 2022 | Videos | 3 comments 3 Comments Helen Bond on January 15, 2022 at 10:47 am Intriguing if not great music. I wonder how Segerstam finds the time to compose so much music. Best not to go there. Have all his symphonies been played? And why no conductor? Reply canderson on January 15, 2022 at 12:03 pm Helen, I have heard one of Segerstam’s Symphonies – I forget the number! – when he was working with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra for a Barbican Hall concert (main work, Nielsen 4). I gather that some, maybe all, of these Symphonies are designed to be rehearsed with a conductor and then played without one; in London, as in Turku, Segerstam played the piano. As far as I know, all of Segerstam’s music is fully notated: I was told that when he was preparing the youngsters of the LSSO he said of his own piece, “All you have to do is play what you see”. Colin Reply Edward Clark on January 15, 2022 at 12:12 pm I have sat through a few of his overblown, incomprehensible symphonies, including Colin’s experience at the Barbican, all sounding the same to my ears. He dashes them off on airplane journeys apparently. But he refuses to play any concerts which do not include his own music. Hence no invite from the VPO! Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.