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Kalevi Aho - Sieidi & Symphony No. 5

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2336 SACD
Release date2020-09-04
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz
Total time61:08

With 17 symphonies and 32 concertos to date, Kalevi Aho is one of today’s most prolific composers of large-scale orchestral scores. The present disc brings together two works separated by 35 years, but also by the reception they have enjoyed: whereas Sieidi, the percussion concerto Aho composed in 2010, has become one of his most performed works, Symphony No. 5 from the mid-70s is a rarely heard score. Sieidi was written for Colin Currie, who has recorded it here and who performs the concerto with orchestras across the world. Its title, a word in Sami, is used in reference to the rituals and shamanism of indigenous peoples around the world, and the solo part, which makes use of nine different percussion instruments, begins and ends with the djembe and darbuka, drums usually heard in African and Arab music. The instruments are placed in a row towards the front of the stage, and during the course of the work the soloist makes his way across the platform, from the right to the left and back, reinforcing the ritualistic dimension of the piece.

Currie is supported by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Dima Slobodeniouk, a team with a deep familiarity with Aho’s music. This stands them in good stead when they take on the highly complicated score of Symphony No. 5, which in places even calls for a second conductor: wishing to express the incoherence of human existence, the composer lets various, often unrelated musical events overlap, at times dividing the orchestra into two parts playing at different speeds. Composing the work was ‘an exceptional effort’ according to Aho, who adds that it left him ‘with the liberating feeling that everything was now possible – that any musical problem or crisis could be overcome.’
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Aho, Kalevi
  Sieidi - Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra 36:01
01 Beginning 06:12 $ 0.75 USD
02 Bar 165. Più mosso 02:53 $ 0.35 USD
03 Bar 235. Prestissimo, furioso 02:43 $ 0.33 USD
04 Bar 352. Tempo I 04:41 $ 0.56 USD
05 Bar 454. Andante 06:04 $ 0.73 USD
06 Bar 559. Allegretto 04:43 $ 0.57 USD
07 Bar 678. Presto 03:26 $ 0.41 USD
08 Bar 775. Allegretto 05:19 $ 0.68 USD
  Symphony No. 5 24:11
09 Beginning 06:08 $ 0.74 USD
10 Bar 113 07:34 $ 0.91 USD
11 Bar 273. Poco meno mosso 06:37 $ 0.79 USD
12 Bar 489. Lento 03:52 $ 0.52 USD
  Album total 61:08
ComposerAho, Kalevi
ConductorOts, Jaan
Slobodeniouk, Dima
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
PercussionCurrie, Colin

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