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Kalevi Aho: Symphonic Dances - Symphony No. 11

Kroumata, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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Symphonic Dances, Hommage a Uuno Klami  
I. Prelude
Kalevi Aho; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
II. Return of the Flames and Dance
Kalevi Aho; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
III. Grotesque Dance
Kalevi Aho; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
IV. Dance of the Winds and Fires
Kalevi Aho; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Symphony No. 11  
I. (untitled / ei otsikkoa)
Kalevi Aho; Kroumata Percussion Ensemble; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
II. Andante - Allegro ritmico
Kalevi Aho; Kroumata Percussion Ensemble; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
III. Tranquillo
Kalevi Aho; Kroumata Percussion Ensemble; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:48
"With the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä on their usual fine form and aided by a recording of admirable transparency and atmosphere, this is a winner ... of the two works however it is the mightily impressive Symphonic Dances that wins the day and should not be missed."
- MusicWeb International

"This is a fantastic disc ... (the Symphony No. 11) is excellent, but the Symphonic Dances are simply phenomenal ... goes far toward establishing Aho's claim to be considered one of the greatest currently active writers for orchestra. If you like big, colourful, late-Romantic music with real rhythm and drive, then you will find this disc totally thrilling, particularly given the outstanding, 100 percent committed performances ... state-of-the-art sonics are the icing on the cake. Give yourself a real musical treat: buy this, put it on at high volume and wallow in it for an hour or so."
- ClassicsToday.com

This is the ninth volume in a series devoted to Kalevi Aho, regarded as the foremost Finnish composer of his generation as well as the most prolific. Released in 2004, the album from the Lahti Symphony Orchestra includes a highly acclaimed performance of the Symphonic Dances, a tribute to composer Uuno Klami based on his unfinished ballet score Whirls. The second half of the programme comprises Aho’s Symphony No. 11, in which the "solo" instrument consists of a huge battery of instruments played by the six members of the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble.
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