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Hakola: Guitar Concertos / Timo Korhonen, guitar; Santtu-Matias Rouvali

> Guitar Concerto - I. Allegro brillante
> Guitar Concerto - II. Adio: Amoroso
> Guitar Concerto - III. Ghetto: Allegro, quasi cadenza
> Voyage IX, "Awakening" - Voyage IX, "Awakening"
> Blossoming II - Blossoming II

Album Summary

>Hakola, Kimmo : Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Voyage IX, Awakening, for guitar, string orchestra & percussion
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Blossoming II, for chamber orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
The intensity of Hakola's response to the music compels attention through every bar of the [central] movement...The Oulu Symphony Orchestra are on fine form throughout and Santtu-Matias Rouvali directs with assurance.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Discovering new works for guitar and orchestra is always a pleasure, and there is always the hope that they might catch on and join the standards. Time will tell on these. Still, praise is due to Mr Korhonen, who commissioned all three works. All appear to be premiere recordings. Kimmo Hakola is a fellow Finn with Korhonen. His work is mostly tonal. Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa's music is wholly different. Nature is the inspiration for both pieces. Voyage IX: Awakening is an image of a lotus flower (the soloist) floating on a pond, stretching its roots deep into the water. The awakening is a sense of oneness with that flower and its journey of life - whether as composer, soloist, or listener. Blossoming II also refers to flowers, specifically to the Noh Drama tradition where the best performers are called flowers. Both pieces are lovely, meditative works, you'll find much to contemplate and enjoy. Korhonen plays each of these wildly different works with his expected mastery. He's perhaps Finland's finest guitarist, and anything he does will be worthwhile.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland (10/22/2012-10/25/2012).



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Works Details

>Hakola, Kimmo : Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra
  • Performer: Timo Korhonen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali
  • Ensemble: Oulu Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland (10/22/2012-10/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2008

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Voyage IX, Awakening, for guitar, string orchestra & percussion
  • Performer: Timo Korhonen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali
  • Notes: Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland (10/22/2012-10/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Blossoming II, for chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Timo Korhonen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali
  • Notes: Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland (10/22/2012-10/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral