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This new recording features Kari Kriikku (“a physically flamboyant player of Olympian virtuosity” – The New York Times) as soloist in Uljas Pulkkis’ both cheerful and meditative clarinet concerto Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love.
This colourful work’s concluding movement, Tales of Love, includes the setting of a poem by Thomas Moore, featuring baritone Gabriel Suovanen as co-soloist.
The Romantic and Impressionist dimensions in Uljas Pulkkis’ music are further showcased in the seven orchestral fantasies of On the Crest of Waves, as well as in the tone poem Vernal Bloom.
Ondine herewith continues Kari Kriikku’s acclaimed recording series of clarinet concertos, which have been written for and performed by this clarinet muse of internationally acclaimed Finnish composers. Previous releases include concertos by Magnus Lindberg (2006 BBC Music Magazine Award & Classic FM Gramophone Award), Jukka Tiensuu, Kimmo Hakola, and Jouni Kaipainen, with Kaija Saariaho’s D’om le vrai sens to follow in the autumn.
The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, here led by its chief conductor Hannu Lintu, has made several award-winning recordings of contemporary music.
Uljas Pulkkis: On the Crest of Waves
Fantasy No. 1: Introduction
Fantasy No. 2: On the Shore
Fantasy No. 3: The Wind
Fantasy No. 4: Rough Sea
Fantasy No. 5: Approaching Storm
Fantasy No. 6: The Calm
Fantasy No. 7: On the Waves
Uljas Pulkkis: Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love
I. Tales of Joy
II. Tales of Passion
III. Tales of Love
Uljas Pulkkis: Verna Bloom
16th July 2011
“If you haven’t yet encountered Uljas Pulkkis, the 35-year-old Finnish composer, give this maverick’s music a whirl. Tales of Joy, Passion and Love is his clarinet concerto for the insouciantly brilliant Kari Kriikku. Not only does it send the soloist whirring through melodramatic musical adventures, it also requires the orchestra’s clarinets to join him in a holy trinity”