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The Tapiola Sinfonietta here performs Kalevi Aho’s three chamber symphonies: three works that stretch the expressive capabilities of a string orchestra, and are thus highly demanding for the players.
The solo alto saxophone part in Chamber Symphony No.3 was written for the soloist John-Edward Kelly who appears here. Aho describes the piece as ‘a hybrid of chamber symphony and saxophone concerto’.
The Tapiola Sinfonietta has earned high praise from reviewers around the world for its recordings ranging from Arvo Pärt to Saint-Saëns and von Weber.
The conductors Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Stefan Asbury are both close collaborators with the orchestra.
Kalevi Aho: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Chamber Symphony No. 1
Kalevi Aho: Chamber Symphony No. 2
Kalevi Aho: Chamber Symphony No. 3
I. … jaatyivat umpeen levottomat vedet (… frozen are the restless waters)
II. … ah, olen kuullut villihanhien huudot (… oh, I have heard the wild geese calling)
III. … pitkat yot sulavat (… the long nights are melting)
IV. … soutaa avomerta pain tulipunainen laiva (… towards the open sea rows a fire-red boat)
“The Tapiola Sinfonietta's performances are splendid, crisp and lithe in Nos 1 & 2 under Asbury's taut direction. Kantorow elicits more expansive but no less electric playing in No. 3, where they partner Kelly (the original soloist on dazzling form here) as equals. BIS's SACD recording is first-rate, the acoustic of the Tapiola Concert Hall affording these works the finest possible environment in which to be heard at their best.”
21st April 2012
“a fascinating trilogy and a spectacular vehicle for this fearless ensemble. Superb SACD and CD sound, as one expects from this label.”
“Recorded sound is absolutely spectacular, capturing every detail of these superb performances. The Tapiola Sinfonietta produces a vigorous, fresh ensemble sound for both conductors, entirely appropriate to these works, and it sounds as though every member of the orchestra is in fact a world-class soloist. Kelly clearly lives the third Chamber Symphony; his technical capacity is beyond dispute...Recommended unreservedly.”
“Aho shows that he understands the saxophone's capabilities, inventively blending and contrasting it with the strings.”
“Fans of Aho's music who have no doubt already collected the many BIS discs devoted to his music will need no further prompt while others new to it might certainly find much to enjoy in these contemporary, though quite accessible works. This is yet another splendid addition to Aho's already imposing discography.”