℗ 2020 BIS Records
Duration 1h 19m 23s
Record Label BIS
Catalogue No. BIS-2186
Release Date May 1, 2020
Genre Classical
 

Kalevi Aho: Chamber Music

Samuli Peltonen, Sonja Fräki, Jaakko Kuusisto, Pekka Kuusisto

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Prelude, Toccata & Postlude  
1.1
I. Prelude
Kalevi Aho; Samuli Peltonen; Sonja Fräki
3:20
1.2
II. Toccata
Kalevi Aho; Samuli Peltonen; Sonja Fräki
3:07
1.3
III. Postlude
Kalevi Aho; Samuli Peltonen; Sonja Fräki
3:08
1.4
Lamento for 2 Violins
Kalevi Aho; Jaakko Kuusisto; Pekka Kuusisto
4:36
1.5
Halla
Kalevi Aho; Jaakko Kuusisto; Sonja Fräki
7:40
Solo Violin Sonata  
1.6
I. Tempo di ciacona - Più mosso - Prestissimo
Kalevi Aho; Jaakko Kuusisto
8:30
1.7
II. Andante
Kalevi Aho; Jaakko Kuusisto
3:50
1.8
III. Grandioso - Coda
Kalevi Aho; Jaakko Kuusisto
8:36
1.9
In memoriam Pehr Henrik Nordgren
Kalevi Aho; Jaakko Kuusisto
10:09
Piano Sonata No. 2 "Hommage à Beethoven"  
1.10
I. Allegro - Presto - Allegro molto
Kalevi Aho; Sonja Fräki
9:04
1.11
II. Tranquillo
Kalevi Aho; Sonja Fräki
5:01
1.12
III. Allegro molto
Kalevi Aho; Sonja Fräki
4:33
1.13
IV. Campane
Kalevi Aho; Sonja Fräki
2:55
1.14
V. Allegro
Kalevi Aho; Sonja Fräki
4:54
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Duration    1h 19m 23s
Internationally acclaimed for his music for orchestra (17 symphonies and 31 concertos to date), Kalevi Aho has also composed chamber and solo works. The present disc combines six such pieces, ranging across the composer’s career. The earliest work on the disc is the Bach-inspired Sonata for solo violin from 1973, reminding us that during his years at the Sibelius Aacademy (1968 – 71), Aho studied the violin as well as composition. Another early piece, "Prelude, Toccata and Postlude", also started out as a solo work – this time for the cello – before developing into a duo. From the other end, chronologically speaking, is the ample Piano Sonata No. 2 from 2016, with a duration of some 25 minutes. This time it is Beethoven who has provided inspiration, and the composer describes the work as ‘a commentary on the Hammerklavier Sonata, in which Beethoven’s motifs are frequently “misquoted” and developed in a different direction.’ The sonata closes the programme but not before giving us an opportunity to hear three further works involving the violin – a second solo piece, "In memoriam Pehr Henrik Nordgren", written in memory of Aho’s fellow composer and friend, Lamento for two violins and Halla (‘frost’) for violin and piano. Performing these works are four highly respected Finnish musicians, the violinists (and brothers) Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto, Samuli Peltonen (cello) and Sonja Fräki, pianist and Aho specialist.
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