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Aho: Rituals, etc / John Storgårds, et al

Album Summary

>Aho, Kalevi : The Book of Questions "Kysymysten kirja"
>Aho, Kalevi : Concerto for Viola
>Aho, Kalevi : Symphony no 14 "Rituals"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Book of Questions, Suite for Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Symphony No 14, Rituals for Chamber Orchestra Darabuka Djembe and Gongs

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Following the Luosto Symphony's premiere, Aho wanted to write on a smaller scale, for chamber orchestra. In the event, however, he produced a concert full of three interlinked works (2006-07) that, while performable separately, taken together 'form some sort of great "meta-symphony"'... The Fourteenth Symphony (Rituals) forms the concert's second half, exchanging singer and viola-player for two percussionists, the first performing on the Arabian darabuka and African djembe (Aho confesses he is 'bored' with Western drums). Their special timbres infuse the three main sections called 'Incantation', separated by two interludes and a Procession in which the second percussionist takes centre stage with an array of gongs. At a few points the spirit of Hovhaness hovers dimly over proceedings but Aho's personal voice is too strong to succumb to pastiche. The performances here are strong and compelling, the soloists at the top of their game and BIS's recording (made in Rovaniemi Church) superb as always.

Gramophone Magazine
A specially composed triptych of works forms one grand design. The performances here are strong and compelling, the soloists at the top of their game and BIS's recording (made in Rovaniemi Church) superb as always.



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Works Details

>Aho, Kalevi : The Book of Questions "Kysymysten kirja"
  • Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Lapland Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Aho, Kalevi : Concerto for Viola
  • Performer: Anna Gribajcevic (Viola)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Lapland Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Aho, Kalevi : Symphony no 14 "Rituals"
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: Lapland Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral