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Aho: Symphony, No. 15 [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Kalevi Aho , Jaakko Kuusisto , Dima Slobodeniouk , Osmo Vänskä , Lahti Symphony Orchestra , Eero Munter Audio CD
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  • Performer: Eero Munter
  • Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jaakko Kuusisto, Dima Slobodeniouk, Osmo Všnskš
  • Composer: Kalevi Aho
  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: BIS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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- Finnish composer Kalevi Aho has been an important musical presence in Finland since the late 1960's. - Mr. Aho composed Minea at the behest of conductor and noted Beethoven interpreter Osmo Vanska, who conducts the work herein. - Mr. Aho's fifteenth and latest symphony, heard here,utilizes an large array of western and non-western percussion instruments - The Lahti Symphony Orchestra has performed and recorded a large number of the composer's works.

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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aho at his best July 3, 2014
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Mr appreciation, respect, and love for Aho's works goes back many, many years. Every work on this cd is upliftingly satisfying. I'm not a musicologist nor can I write like one, but his works and the works off such as Sallinen, Lindberg, Pettersen (excuse my misspelling) take me deep into the turmoil of the present world and the possible, if any, resolutions.
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