Uuno Klami

Uuno Klami

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by John Storgårds
     
 

Opinion may be divided on this disc of orchestral music by Finnish modernist composer Uuno Klami. Consistently well written and effectively scored, the three pieces here -- "Northern Lights" from 1946, the "Kalevala Suite" from 1943, and the "Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra" from 1931-- are highly melodic works that offer much of the appeal of See more details below

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Opinion may be divided on this disc of orchestral music by Finnish modernist composer Uuno Klami. Consistently well written and effectively scored, the three pieces here -- "Northern Lights" from 1946, the "Kalevala Suite" from 1943, and the "Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra" from 1931-- are highly melodic works that offer much of the appeal of Sibelius, but with fewer challenges. Favored with fine performances by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, strongly characterized interpretations by John Storgårds, and richly atmospheric sound by Ondine, anyone who has enjoyed Klami's symphonies are likely to appreciate this disc. For some listeners, however, Klami's melodies may seem a bit trite, his harmonies a tad too unadventurous, his colors a shade too primary, and his music decidedly too conservative. Though they might readily admit his skill and happily acknowledge his sincerity, they would likely find Klami's music to be, in a word, dull.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195114322
catalogNumber:
1143-2
Rank:
154202

Tracks

  1. Kalevala Suite, for orchestra, Op. 23  - Uuno Klami  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - John Storgårds
  2. Fantaisie Tschérémisse for cello & orchestra, Op 19  - Uuno Klami  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Reijo Kiilunen  - John Storgårds

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