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Kalevi Aho: Rituals

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For such a small country, Finland has produced a disproportionate number of the most prominent composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Einojuhani Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen, Jukka Tiensuu, Kalevi Aho, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Aho, born in 1949, is one of the most prolific of the bunch, with a catalog of dozens of major works, including symphonies, concertos, and operas. While his voice doesn't have the distinctive individuality of Rautavaara or Saariaho, his music is imaginative and skillfully crafted, with an appealing directness and expressiveness. The concept behind this BIS album is intriguing: the Chamber ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For such a small country, Finland has produced a disproportionate number of the most prominent composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Einojuhani Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen, Jukka Tiensuu, Kalevi Aho, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Aho, born in 1949, is one of the most prolific of the bunch, with a catalog of dozens of major works, including symphonies, concertos, and operas. While his voice doesn't have the distinctive individuality of Rautavaara or Saariaho, his music is imaginative and skillfully crafted, with an appealing directness and expressiveness. The concept behind this BIS album is intriguing: the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland commissioned him to write the pieces for an entire concert, to be recorded on a single CD. The focal point is his "Symphony No. 14, Rituals," preceded by a song cycle, "The Book of Questions," for mezzo-soprano, and a "Viola Concerto." The songs, with texts by Neruda, consist entirely of questions, mostly unanswerable, grouped into 11 movements. Aho's text setting is clear and lyrical beautifully sung and declaimed by Monica Groop and his orchestration is transparent and colorful, but while many of the moments are lovely, there is insufficient differentiation between movements, and the whole doesn't have a clear emotional trajectory. The symphony has prominent parts for three non-Western percussion instruments, the Middle Eastern darabuka, the West African djembe, and gongs from the Far East. It's the most compelling piece on the disc -- strongly rhythmic, mysterious, and powerful, with vivid orchestral variety. John Storgårds leads the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland in polished, vigorous performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590016862
  • Catalog Number: 1686
  • Sales rank: 294,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–11 Ksymysten Kirja (The Book Of Questions), suite for voice & orchestra - Kalevi Aho & Monica Groop (24:23)
  2. 12–16 Viola Concerto - Kalevi Aho & Robert Suff (24:26)
  3. 17–22 Symphony No. 14 ("Rituals") - Kalevi Aho & Robert Suff (30:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Storgårds Primary Artist
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