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The Virtuoso Clarinet - Kari Kriikku: Works by Magnus Lindberg (Ablauf; Linea d'ombra) / Esa-Pekka Salonen (Meeting) / Olli Koskelin (Exalté) / Iannis Xenakis (Anaktoria) / Franco Donatoni (Clair) / Claudio Ambrosini (Capriccio, detto l'Ermafrodita)

Kari Kriikku (Clarinet) , Members of the Avanti Chamber Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet), Members of the Avanti Chamber Orchestra
  • Audio CD (August 30, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Finlandia
  • ASIN: B000009K9S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Xenakis and Lindberg April 4, 2010
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This Finlandia CD, released in 1994, features several modernist pieces for clarinet performed by the virtuoso clarinetist Kari Kriikku. He's joined by members of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Finland's legendary contemporary ensemble. I'll limit my review to the pieces by Xenakis and Lindberg, though the disc also features music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franco Donatoni, Claudio Ambrosini and Olli Koskelin.

Iannis Xenakis' "Anaktoria" for 8 musicians (1969) is one of the composer's first chamber works. Scored for clarinet, bassoon, horn, and five strings, the piece features remarkably blocky writing as opposed to the frantically independent instrumental parts of early Xenakis. The strings form one group and the winds another, with the clarinet trying to assert itself from under the weight of the bassoon and horn. Though not a major achievement, "Anaktoria" has been recorded only rarely, and this performance here is worth seeking out for fans of the Greek composer.

Magnus Lindberg is represented by two works from his early period. "Ablauf" for clarinet and two percussionist (1983/88) is a fun little work, where the clarinet's long melodic lines, produced with all manner of extended techniques, are rudely interrupted by a drum. Kriikku is joined here by Kalevi Ohenoja and Tapio Aaltonen. "Linea d'ombra" for flute, clarinet, guitar and percussion (1981) is full of Boulezian sounds (of the "Le Marteau" or "Domaines" era). But the vocalizations that the players must produce will shock the listener out of calm serialist complacency. These recordings were later reissued on Finlandia's two-disc compilation Meet the Composer: Magnus Lindberg.
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