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Kalevi Aho: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Symphony No. 13

Antti Siirala, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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Piano Concerto No. 2  
I. —
Kalevi Aho; Antti Siirala; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
II. —
Kalevi Aho; Antti Siirala; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
III. —
Kalevi Aho; Antti Siirala; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Symphony No. 13, "Sinfonisia Luonnekuvia" (Symphonic Character Studies)  
I. Introduzione - Allegro imperioso - Interludio I - Andante semplice, malinconico - Interludio II - Moderato aristocratico...
Kalevi Aho; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
II. Introduzione - Presto violento e allegretto strisciante e accondiscente - Andante triste e rassegnato - Sunto e culminante - Epilogo...
Kalevi Aho; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:51
"Both pieces are classics examples of Aho's more recent manner and a truly engaging manner it is, especially in the hands of such committed performers as these."
- Gramophone

"... (the orchestra) give Osmo Vänskä performances of utter commitment. Antii Siirala brings playing that is both sparkling and meaty to the Concerto and it goes without saying that the BIS recording is both transparent and full-bodied. Strongly recommended."
- International Record Review

Kalevi Aho, considered among the most important contemporary composers of orchestral music, wrote his Symphony No. 13 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Sibelius Hall in Lahti in 2003. Aho exploits the acoustic capabilities of the hall to its fullest on the work, which portrays a spectrum of human character types in two long movements divided into a number of shorter sections. Also on this 2010 album is Aho's Piano Concerto No. 2 for piano and string orchestra, written with Finnish pianist Antti Siirala in mind. Siirala is the soloist on the recording, supported by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.
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