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Vuori: Symphonies Nos 1 and 2

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Hyvinkaa Orchestra


Tuomas Pirila



Venue:

Hyvinkaasali, Hyvinkaa, Finland



Producer:

Viivi Maemets


Martin Anderson

(Executive)

Engineer:

Enno Maemets



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 75:49
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HARRI VUORI

(b. 1957)
   
 

Symphony No. 1 (2003)

37:33  
1 Adagio non tanto - Allegretto 14:46
2 Lento - 9:36
3 Allegro e molto scherzando - 4:32
4 Allegro non troppo 8:36
   
 

Symphony No. 2 (2007)

38:24  
5 Lento - 6:10
6 Allegro - 9:40
7 Adagio - 10:07
8 Appassionato - 6:26
9 Lento 5:56


Like many contemporary composers, Harri Vuori (born in Lahti, Finland, in 1957) approached the symphony with some hesitation. But having taken the plunge, Vuori has expertly married his modernist’s palette of colours with an awareness of symphonic architecture to create two very different works, the First (2003) in the traditional four-movement form and the Second (2007) in a grand arch of five linked movements - Vuori’s virtuoso handling of the orchestra producing music that shimmers with light and heaves with energy.

‘...worthy of careful attention… a vivid and colourful orchestral imagination and an impressive command of the medium… striking originality.’

Patric Standford

Music & Vision Daily - 27 September 2008

‘Vuori is a trickster. He has an excellent and varied bag of tricks… Beautiful sonics… and the Hyvinkää Orchestra plays very well under the baton of Pirilä.’

Lynn René Bayley

Fanfare - November/December 2008

‘...magnificent… Sound quality is superb – the details in the delicately scored parts are crystalline, and the climaxes are allowed to expand fully. Toccata Classics’s catalogue contains a rich seam of unusual and rarely heard music; this issue joins it with honour. In common with other Toccata releases, the booklet is exemplary, with full and helpful notes by Martin Anderson and the composer. Those wishing to sample some well-written contemporary music will find plenty to enjoy here, and I am hoping to hear more from the impressive Hyvinkää Orchestra and Tuomas Pirilä.’

Peter Joelson

Audiophile Audition - 26 January 2009

‘The Hyvinkää Orchestra, which I had not previously encountered, play superbly throughout and the sound is excellent. Definitely worth a try.’

Guy Rickards
 

Gramophone - September 2008

"...Both works are scrupulously well played by the Hyvinkää Orchestra, which clearly deserves to have a recorded profile comparable to those in Lahti and Tampere, while the sound does full justice to this music’s intricate textures. Detailed notes are provided by composer, conductor Tuomas Pirilä and Martin Anderson, on whose Toccata Classics label this is among the most significant issues to date, not least in demonstrating explicitly the problems faced by the symphonists of today. Of these, Harri Vuori, if not the most successful, is still among the most thought-provoking."


Richard Whitehouse
 

International Record Review - September 2008

"...thrillingly rich music […] stunningly recorded [:…] the sound seems literally to reach out of your speakers or headphones."


Rob Barnett

MusicWeb International - June 2008

‘...a colourful, muscular language, full of spectacular orchestral effects […] The performances by Tuomas Pirilä and the Hyvinkää Orchestra, with whom Vuori is composer in residence, seem vivid and confident. They are well worth investigating.’

Andrew Clements

 

The Guardian - 27 June 2008



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