Kokkonen: Sinfonisia Lounnoksia

Kokkonen: Sinfonisia Lounnoksia

by Torleif Thedéen
     
 

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BIS deserves kudos for its extraordinary efforts in promoting Scandinavian composers and for presenting many impressive symphonies that deserve more attention in the west. Finnish composer Joonas Kokkonen is one of the few modern symphonists to adhere rigorously to traditional practices and to know what makes a symphony tick. Because of this, he never passed off his… See more details below

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BIS deserves kudos for its extraordinary efforts in promoting Scandinavian composers and for presenting many impressive symphonies that deserve more attention in the west. Finnish composer Joonas Kokkonen is one of the few modern symphonists to adhere rigorously to traditional practices and to know what makes a symphony tick. Because of this, he never passed off his dramatic but loose "Symphonic Sketches" (1968) as anything more than a study; even when others would happily accept it as a symphony, albeit a short one, Kokkonen would not mislead. In its coherent three-movement structure, unifying motivic scheme, and economical development, the seriously argued "Symphony No. 4" (1971) demonstrates Kokkonen's technical skill, clarity of purpose, and high standards; it fulfills its potential without pretense or pettifoggery. The "Cello Concerto" (1969) also shows great integrity and formal logic; while it is not as tightly knitted as the "Symphony," due to its cadenzas, passages of repartee, and expanded five-movement form, it is still as well-reasoned and complete in its development. Cellist Torleif Thedéen delivers a deeply expressive and vigorous performance, and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, under Osmo Vänskä and supervised by the composer, provides rich colors and strong orchestral playing. The sound quality is decent, but a little too soft in places.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1994
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590004685
catalogNumber:
468

Tracks

  1. Symphonic Sketches for orchestra  - Joonas Kokkonen  - Matti Koskela  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  2. Concerto for cello & orchestra  - Joonas Kokkonen  - Matti Koskela  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Torleif Thedéen  - Osmo Vänskä
  3. Symphony No. 4  - Joonas Kokkonen  - Matti Koskela  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä

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