Aho: Symphony, No. 15
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Aho: Symphony No. 15, Double Bass Concerto & Minea
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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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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.