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Kokkonen: Symphony 1 & 2 , etc / Oramo, Finnish RSO

> Symphony No. 1 - I. Moderato
> Symphony No. 1 - II. Allegretto
> Symphony No. 1 - III. Allegro -
> Symphony No. 1 - IV. Adagio
> Symphony No. 2 - I. Adagio non troppo -
> Symphony No. 2 - II. Allegro
> Symphony No. 2 - III. Andante
> Symphony No. 2 - IV. Allegro vivace
> Opus sonorum - I. Moderato - II. Adagio non troppo - III. Allegro non troppo

Album Summary

>Kokkonen, Joonas : Symphony no 1
>Kokkonen, Joonas : Symphony no 2
>Kokkonen, Joonas : Opus Sonorum for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joonas Kokkonen (1921–1996) is considered "Finland's most significant composer after Sibelius" (American Record Guide). However, he still awaits discovery among many lovers of accessible contemporary music. Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, unrivaled champions of Finnish late 20th-century music, have taken up this task with a complete Kokkonen symphonies cycle. The first volume (Symphonies 3 & 4, coupled with Cello Concerto) has been unanimously hailed by the press as a "must-have disc" (Fanfare magazine). On this new release, they perform the first two symphonies, coupled with 'Opus sonorum' for orchestra.

Gramophone Magazine
Oramo gets playing of real bite and energy in the third movement of the First Symphony, an there is never any doubting his commitment, or that of his players, to Kokkonen's cause.

The Telegraph
For Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo, a man with a yen for reviving neglected composers, Joonas Kokkonen is an important figure. He's the "missing link" between the great Jan Sibelius and a new generation of Finnish composers such as Magnus Lindberg. Frankly, it's hard to imagine a brilliant composer like Lindberg learning much from the earnest, rhythmically four-square, formally predictable Kokkonen. Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra give performances which respect the music's craftsmanlike virtues - more's the pity. A bit of bravura might have helped the music to speak.



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Works Details

>Kokkonen, Joonas : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (03/12/2008-03/14/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kokkonen, Joonas : Symphony no 2
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (05/26/2008-05/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1960-1961

>Kokkonen, Joonas : Opus Sonorum for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland (03/10/2008-03/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965