Aho: Symphonic Dances 'Hommage à Uuno Klami', etc.


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Aho: Symphonic Dances 'Hommage à Uuno Klami', etc.


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Symphonic Dances 'Hommage à Uuno Klami'

Symphony No. 11 for six percussionists & orchestra


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Kalevi Aho: Symphonic Dances, Hommage a Uuno Klami

I. Prelude

II. Return of the Flames and Dance

III. Grotesque Dance

IV. Dance of the Winds and Fires

Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 11

I. (untitled)

II. Andante - Allegro ritmico

III. Tranquillo

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Aho's Symphonic Dances (2001) bear the subtitle 'Hommage à Uuno Klami' – and therein lies the clue to the work's genesis. Klami (1900- 1961), one of the leading Finnish composers of the last century, had high hopes for his largescale, Kalevala-inspired ballet Pyrörteitä, but by the time of his death had managed to orchestrate only the second of its three acts. Aho orchestrated Act 1 in 1988. During 2000, no material having come to light for the final act, he embarked on completing Klami's magnumopus, bolstered by the prospect of a production at the Finnish National Ballet. In the event, that belated premiere never materialised, and it was left to Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti SO to champion Aho's 'Third Act' in the concert hall. A thoroughly approachable, 27-minute creation of exhilarating drive and colour, its four movements take their names from Klami's original synopsis. It's stunningly well served here by artists and production crew alike.
Symphony No 11 is almost as rewarding. It grew out of a commission for an orchestral work involving the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, and is cast in three movements, the last of which distils a wondrous stillness and inner calm. It also serves as a perfect foil to the first two movements, both of which demonstrate Aho's comprehensive mastery of rhythm, timbre and drama. Again, the performance is a definitive one and BIS's engineering breathtaking in its realism.”

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