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Symphony 8 / Violin Concerto

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listen  1. Shadows, Op. 52Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra 8:48Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 8, Op. 81, "Autumnal Fragments"Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra24:02Album Only
listen  3. Violin Concerto, Op. 18: I. Andante sostenutoJaakko Kuusisto 8:37Album Only
listen  4. Violin Concerto, Op. 18: II. LarghettoJaakko Kuusisto 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Violin Concerto, Op. 18: III. Allegro giocosoJaakko Kuusisto 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Palace Rhapsody, Op. 72Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Soloists16:56Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0008JEKHC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the wonders of our modern age has been the outpouring of extraordinary music from a group of Finnish composers including, as here, the attractive, accessible, masterfully constructed and lasting music of the immensely talented Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935). He has been responsible for furthering the cause of Finnish opera, with such works as (giving their English titles) 'The King Goes Forth to France,' 'The Red Line,' 'The Horseman,' 'Kullervo,' 'The Palace' and, most recently, 'King Lear.' All of these operas have been produced widely. And most have inspired non-operatic works by Sallinen, making use of themes, ideas, gestures contained in the operas. In this issue, containing four works, those echoes of operatic works are in evidence.

The first work here, and one of my favorite short modern orchestral works, is 'Shadows,' an nine-minute masterpiece (with reminiscences of 'The King Goes Forth to France') that contains most of the fingerprints of Sallinen's mature style -- masterful orchestration (with particularly inventive use of tuned percussion), Sibelian mosaic style, echoes of pop dance music, dream-like nostalgic recollections of music of the past, catchy rhythms, sassy wit and emotional depth. 'Shadows' has been recorded before by Okku Kamu and the Helsinki Philharmonic on Finlandia. This performance differs from that one in that it is somewhat smoother and richer, but each performance has its felicities; I really like the snappy little wind interjections in the Kamu version, but I prefer the cumulative emotional effect of the present recording. This is a work that every collection should contain, if only to prove to any doubters that there are masterpieces, both immediately likable and rewarding for long-term close study, being written in our era.
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