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Aho - Concertante works for recorder, saxophone and accordion

Composer Kalevi Aho
Performer Esa Pietilä
Eero Saunamäki
Janne Valkeajoki
Saimaa Sinfonietta
Erkki Lasonpalo, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2646 SACD
EAN 7318599926469
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Sep 2023
Total time 71'35

Concertos by renowned Finnish composer Kalevi Aho
Concertante works featuring the recorder, tenor saxophone and accordion are few and far between. Stimulated by daring soloists, the prolific Finnish composer Kalevi Aho has composed such works, contributing in his own way to the development of an original and attractive repertoire. &&&The Concerto for Recorder requires the soloist to play four types of recorder, from bass to sopranino. The work explores extended techniques and also does not shy away from flashbacks to the golden age of the instrument.

Aho received the initial impetus for his Concerto for tenor saxophone after a concert by Esa Pietilä. Aho wrote a concerto with contrasting sections that gradually exploits the full potential of the tenor saxophone and also makes use of an oriental goblet drum (darabuka) that sometimes also takes centre stage.

The origins of the Sonate Concertante for accordion and strings goes back to Aho’s first Sonata for accordion of 1984. Noting its orchestral character, soloist Janne Valkeajoki suggested making a concertante version with strings. Here, Aho sought to extend the technical possibilities of the instrument to the maximum and to write for it a work of astounding virtuosity, like Franz Liszt’s most demanding piano compositions.
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  Kalevi Aho
  Concerto for Recorder and Chamber Orchestra 20'28
01 Misterioso - Presto 4'28
02 ♩ = 100 2'47
03 Presto 2'49
04 Allegretto 4'09
05 Vivace 2'47
06 Coda 3'28
  Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Small Orchestra 24'11
07 Mesto 3'29
08 Interludio I 0'50
09 Vivacissimo, leggiero 4'05
10 Interludio II 1'46
11 Andante, dolente 3'40
12 Allegretto ritmico 4'28
13 Cadenza 2'03
14 Epilogo (Andante) 3'50
  Sonata concertante for Accordion and Strings 26'46
15 I. Prelude (Molto rubato) 5'14
16 Passacaglia 7'34
17 II. Prelude (Leggiero) 4'35
18 Fugue (Andante - Più mosso - Leggiero) 9'23
  Album total 71'35
ComposerAho, Kalevi
RecorderSaunamäki, Eero
OrchestraSaimaa Sinfonietta
ConductorLasonpalo, Erkki
Tenor saxophonePietilä, Esa
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