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AHO, K.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 13 (Symphonic Character Studies) (Siirala, Lahti Symphony, Vanska)

AHO, K.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 13 (Symphonic Character Studies) (Siirala, Lahti Symphony, Vanska)

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release date: May 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Lahti Symphony Orchestra


Vanska, Osmo


Osmo Vanska

Conductor

Antti Siirala

Soloist

Record Label
BIS

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Total Time - 67:51
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AHO, K.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 13 (Symphonic Character Studies) (Siirala, Lahti Symphony, Vanska)

 

KALEVI AHO

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Piano Concerto No. 2

 
1 I. — 7:25
 Antti Siirala Soloist
2 II. — 11:19
 Antti Siirala Soloist
3 III. — 9:58
 Antti Siirala Soloist
     
 

Symphony No. 13, "Sinfonisia Luonnekuvia" (Symphonic Character Studies)

 
4 I. Introduzione - Allegro imperioso - Interludio I - Andante semplice, malinconico - Interludio II - Moderato aristocratico 18:48
 Osmo Vanska Conductor
5 II. Introduzione - Presto violento e allegretto strisciante e accondiscente - Andante triste e rassegnato - Sunto e culminante - Epilogo 20:21
 Osmo Vanska Conductor
 Vanska, Osmo


With fifteen symphonies in his work list to date, as well as numerous other orchestral pieces, Kalevi Aho is one of today’s most important composers of orchestral music. Twelve of the symphonies have already been released on BIS, in recordings that have earned an ever-growing interest. Back in 1999, the release of Symphony No.7 (’Insect Symphony’) caused the reviewer in the American Record Guide to call the work ’one of our century’s great orchestral scores’. More recent discs have met with similar acclaim, for instance in the International Record Review where Symphony No.12 (’Luosto’) was described as ’music of such graphic impact and visually arresting imagery that it feels as though you could reach out and touch it’. On the German website klassik.com, the reviewer similarly praised Symphony No.14 (’Rituals’) for demonstrating ’the vitality of a genre believed to be extinct, with its seemingly boundless wealth of ideas and perfect craftsmanship.’ Symphony No.13 was written for the fifth anniversary of the Sibelius Hall in Lahti in 2003, and exploits the acoustic capabilities of the hall to the full. Subtitled ’Symphonic Characterizations’, the work portrays a spectrum of human character types in two long movements divided into a number of shorter sections. One year before the symphony Kalevi Aho completed his Second Piano Concerto, for piano and string orchestra. It was written with the Finnish pianist Antti Siirala in mind, and in the composer’s own words ’the demanding piano writing is primarily a consequence of Siirala’s remarkable command of the ’Beethovenian-Lisztian-Brahmsian’ pianistic tradition.’ Siirala is the soloist on the present recording, supported by Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, the eminent team which also gave the first performances of these two works.

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