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HAKOLA, K.: Piano Concerto / Sinfonietta (Sigfridsson, Tampere Philharmonic, Storgards)

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release date: March 2011


Artists:

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra


Storgards, John


John Storgards

Conductor

Henri Sigfridsson

Soloist

John Storgards

Soloist

Record Label
Ondine

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Total Time - 70:13
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KIMMO HAKOLA

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Piano Concerto

 
1 I. Furioso 5:01
 Henri Sigfridsson Soloist
2 II. Capricci 10:45
 John Storgards Soloist
3 III. Forza 1:59
 Henri Sigfridsson Soloist
4 IV. Toccata 2:20
 John Storgards Soloist
5 V. Fuoco 4:57
 Henri Sigfridsson Soloist
6 VI. Cadenza 4:46
 John Storgards Soloist
7 VII. Maestoso 11:49
 John Storgards Soloist
8 VIII. Triste 7:02
 John Storgards Soloist
9 IX. Lux 7:35
 John Storgards Soloist
     
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Sinfonietta

13:59
 John Storgards Conductor
 Storgards, John


Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola was recently portrayed by The New York Times as, "possessed of a joyful, mischievous spirit." The article described his music as "mixing together shapely lyricism, atonality, quirky folkishness and an almost hedonistic approach to timbre and rhythm" - an ideal characterization of the monumental Piano Concerto, which is the main feature on this new album release in celebration of Hakola’s 50th birthday.

The 55-minute work is cast in no less than nine stirring movements, which combine scintillating virtuosity with powerful emotions and humor. With hints of jazz and folk music, in addition to parodist episodes of serial music, Hakola here produces unorthodox and accessible classical music at its best. Coupled with the Piano Concerto is the Sinfonietta for orchestra, a 15-minute work of relentless virtuoso energy.

The acclaimed young Finnish pianist Henri Sigfridsson is accompanied by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor John Storgårds who have made award-winning recordings of contemporary music.

"This recording will be hard to pass by when it’s time to choose the best Finnish classical CD releases of 2009. The Tampere Philharmonic performs the music of Kimmo Hakola magnificently, and Henri Sigfridsson is phenomenal as soloist...Hakola’s piano concerto is an imaginative, entertaining and gripping piece."

Harri Hautala - Aamulehti  - 7 February 2009


"Henri Sigfridsson is exactly the kind of pianist for the Piano Concerto: a big, muscular technique with plenty of power; John Storgårds gets playing of like virtuosity from his Tampere musicians. A barnstormer of a CD."

Martin Anderson - Finnish Music Quarterly - 1/2009


"The Piano Concerto ... is hugely enjoyable,and the solo is dashingly well played by Henri Sigfridsson. A very worthwhile disc."

Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 6 March 2009


"This is seriously entertaining, but also entertainingly serious stuff."

Philip Clark - Piano International - March/April 2009




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