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Kalevi Aho – Concerto, Quintet & Contrapunctus

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2666 SACD
Release date2024-05-25
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz

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Although the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho is best
known as a symphonist, his constantly expanding
catalogue includes numerous concertos as well as
countless chamber works and arrangements of
works by other composers. This album brings
together works from these three genres.
The Guitar Concerto, dedicated to Ismo Eskelinen,
posed many challenges for Aho, who is not a
guitarist himself. It is a seven-movement work
exploring the different ways the guitar can be used
– sometimes with far from traditional techniques –
and exploring its sonic possibilities.
The Quintet for Horn and String Quartet was
commissioned by Ilkka Puputti, who had previously
premièred Aho’s Solo X for horn. Particularly
demanding for the soloist, the quintet explores
various atmospheres, in turns mysterious,
whimsical, dramatic and dance-like.
Contrapunctus XIV from Johann Sebastian Bach’s
Art of the Fugue was left unfinished owing to the
composer’s declining health. As he was dissatisfied
with previous attempts to complete it, Aho decided
to write his own, aiming to remain true to Bach’s
style. This completion exists in several versions,
including the one for string orchestra heard here,
expertly performed by the Lapland Chamber
Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds.
    File formats included in STUDIO QUALITY
    • FLAC 24-bit Stereo
    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 9.76
Extra material for download
  Aho: Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra 28:43
01 I. Introduzione 02:51 $ 0.43 USD
02 II. Allegro molto 05:23 $ 0.81 USD
03 III. Interludio 01:49 $ 0.27 USD
04 IV. Andante cantabile 06:23 $ 0.96 USD
05 V. Misterioso 04:05 $ 0.61 USD
06 VI. Presto 04:06 $ 0.62 USD
07 VII. Epilogue 04:06 $ 0.62 USD
  Aho: Quintet for Horn and String Quartet 23:21
08 I. Misterioso 04:32 $ 0.68 USD
09 II. Con moto 05:14 $ 0.79 USD
10 III. Adagio 08:06 $ 1.22 USD
11 IV. Vivace 05:29 $ 0.82 USD
12 Bach, J S: Contrapunctus XIV 12:58 $ 1.95 USD
  Album total 65:02
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