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Aho - Symphony No.15

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1866
Release date2013-11-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

'My apotheosis of the dance' is how Kalevi Aho describes his Symphony No.15. With two dance movements and rhythm a central element, the score calls for numerous percussion instruments, including non-Western ones such as bongos, darbuka, djembe and the riqq, an Arabian tambourine. The composer's interest in non-Western music and instruments has been evident in several recent works, such as his Symphony No. 14 (recorded on BIS-1686) and Oboe Concerto (BIS-1876).

It also played an important part during the creation of Minea, composed as a concert opener for the Minnesota Orchestra on the initiative of Osmo Vänskä, who also conducts the work here. Mentioning Indian ragas, Japanese shakuhachi music, Arabian rhythms and Eastern scales, Aho explains that his aim has been to expand his own sound world with elements of other classical music cultures, and to try to view the Western musical tradition from other perspectives.

Minea and Symphony No.15 frame the composer's Concerto for Double Bass, composed in 2005 for Eero Munter. In order to be able to write idiomatically for the instrument, the composer borrowed a double bass, and as work on the piece progressed, he actually grew proficient enough to try out most of the solo part – albeit at a very slow tempo, as he freely admits! The concerto offers the opportunity to hear the solo instrument in highly unusual contexts, for instance in the two accompanied cadenzas – the first a pizzicato duet with the harp, and the second a trio with two percussionists.

Throughout the disc we hear the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, which for more than 20 years has made a remarkable commitment to the composer, performing and recording a large number of his works. The orchestra is conducted by Jaakko Kuusisto and Dima Slobodeniouk, as well as by the above-mentioned Osmo Vänskä.
 
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  Composer: Aho, Kalevi
  Minea (Concertante Music for Orchestra) (2008)
01 Minea (Concertante Music for Orchestra) (2008) 19:09 $ 4.60 USD
 
 
  Composer: Aho, Kalevi
  Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra (2005) 28:30
02 I. Moderato, Passionato 05:23 $ 1.29 USD
03 II. Cadenza I (Pizzicato) 03:17 $ 0.79 USD
04 III. Presto - Tranquillo - Presto 08:23 $ 2.01 USD
05 IV. Misterioso (Cadenza II) 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
06 V. Andante - Allegro ritmico 06:48 $ 1.63 USD
 
 
  Composer: Aho, Kalevi
  Symphony No.15 (2009-10) 30:36
07 I. Nebbia 09:08 $ 2.19 USD
08 II. Musica bizzarra 06:34 $ 1.58 USD
09 III. Interludio 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
10 IV. Musica strana 10:15 $ 2.46 USD
 
  Album total 01:18:15
ComposerAho, Kalevi
ConductorKuusisto, Jaakko
Slobodeniouk, Dima
Vanska (Vänskä), Osmo
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
Double bassMunter, Eero

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