Joonas Kokkonen: Cello Concerto; Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Joonas Kokkonen: Cello Concerto; Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

by Marko Ylönen
     
 

Although he was immensely popular and well received in his native Finland, composer Joonas Kokkonen's music has never truly achieved the same international recognition as that of his compatriot Jean Sibelius. Like Sibelius, Kokkonen's music (especially his later works) featured color as a component as integral to his music as harmony, melody, and rhythm. His total… See more details below

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Although he was immensely popular and well received in his native Finland, composer Joonas Kokkonen's music has never truly achieved the same international recognition as that of his compatriot Jean Sibelius. Like Sibelius, Kokkonen's music (especially his later works) featured color as a component as integral to his music as harmony, melody, and rhythm. His total control of orchestral tone and texture is a key in his "Third" and "Fourth" symphonies, composed in 1967 and 1971, respectively. While Kokkonen experimented in his earlier works with twelve-tone writing, his more mature compositions feature a tonality all his own which is neither overly exotic nor unapproachable by casual listeners. The cello concerto, composed between the two symphonies, is a further testament to Kokkonen's control of the orchestra. Similar in structure to the first of Shostakovich's cello concertos, Kokkonen's only concerto features a full-movement cadenza. While the orchestra has some immense and powerful tuttis, Kokkonen keeps the texture delightfully thin when the cello is performing, totally negating any balance problems. The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, by whom the "Fourth Symphony" was commissioned, is particularly well suited to delivering all of the intricacies and colors of Kokkonen's music. They are joined by cellist Marko Ylonen, whose lean, focused sound and exceptional technical skills keep listeners enthralled throughout the cello concerto.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195109823
catalogNumber:
1098

Tracks

  1. Concerto for cello & orchestra  - Joonas Kokkonen  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Antti Metsaranta  -  Sakari Oramo  - Marko Ylönen
  2. Symphony No. 3  - Joonas Kokkonen  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Antti Metsaranta  -  Sakari Oramo
  3. Symphony No. 4  - Joonas Kokkonen  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Antti Metsaranta  -  Sakari Oramo

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