- Symphony No. 15
- Double Bass Concerto
- Minea, for orchestra
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Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 15; Double Bass Concerto; Minea based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kalevi Aho is a student of Einojuhani Rautavaara, whose works I greatly admire. The BIS label has been releasing recordings of the works of Aho for almost a quarter of a century, and this latest release features three amazing orchestral works. The first work, “Minea” (shortened from “Minneapolis”, the orchestra for whom the work was written), is listed as a concertante piece. Exotic Middle-Eastern instrumentation intermingles with traditional orchestral instruments. I sensed an Ancient Greek influence. The second work, Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, features soloist Eero Munter, who handles his instrument expertly. The five-movement work is played without breaks between movements, and the orchestration is often soft and introspective. The final work, Symphony No. 15, provides the listener with alternating quiet-strong-quiet-strong movements, again without breaks. The strong movements have dance-like rhythmic pulses; Aho, in the liner notes, indicates that this symphony is his “apotheosis of the dance”. Each piece has a different conductor (Osmo Vänskä, “Minea”; Jaakko Kuusisto, “Concerto…”; Dima Slobodeniouk, “Symphony…”), with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra performing under the batons of all three conductors throughout the disc. The SA-CD hybrid sound is clear, and the disc was a joy to listen to.