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  • Performer: Timo Korhonen
  • Orchestra: Oulu Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali
  • Composer: Kimmo Hakola, Toshio Hosokawa
  • Audio CD (May 28, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B00BZ6XFB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ondine proudly presents two world premiere recordings: the guitar concertos by Kimmo Hakola and Toshio Hosokawa, featuring the dedicatee, guitarist Timo Korhonen, and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Having performed worldwide Timo Korhonen is one of the most acclaimed artists on his instrument.

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The brash Kimmo Hakola and the quiet, contemplative Toshio Hosokawa could hardly be more different as composers, but they are brought together here through their guitar concertos performed by the virtuoso Timo Korhonen, their dedicatee. Santtu-Matias Rouvali leads the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, a provincial Finnish ensemble that packs a punch well beyond what that suggests.

Kimmo Hakola is a Finnish composer of the same generation as Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen, but he established a career much later and has never quite made it as big as his peers. That is a shame, as Hakola continues to maintain an extremely energetic, super-caffeinated style with sharp edges as other Finnish composers have mellowed. The Guitar Concerto (2008) opens with rapid-fire, fortissimo chords played by seemingly the whole orchestra before leaving a space for the soloist to enter at a much lower dynamic. The delicate guitar textures and this orchestra-as-behemoth alternate for much of the piece. Alongside the Stravinskyan modernism of the concerto we hear allusions to or outright quotations of Iberian guitar playing (with themes connected to the music of North Africa too). Want to hear a Finn convincingly write for castanets? Well, here you go.

The Guitar Concerto is an immensely fun piece that should appeal to a wide audience. The only downside is that it can seem too much a retread of Hakola's Clarinet Concerto (2001, hear it on an earlier Ondine disc), which also features the power chords, the chatting among performers as if they are a crowd of roots music spectactors, and even some of the same musical material.
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