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Aulis Sallinen (b.1935): Piano Trio, Op. 96; Cello Sonata, Op. 86; From A Swan Song, Op. 67 / Elina Vahala, violin; Arto Noras, cello; Ralf Gothoni, piano

Album Summary

>Sallinen, Aulis : Sonata for cello & piano, Op. 86
>Sallinen, Aulis : From a Swan Song, for cello & piano, Op. 67
>Sallinen, Aulis : Trio for Piano and Strings ("Les Visions Fugitives"), Op. 96
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Notes & Reviews:

When examining the instrumental statistics for Aulis Sallinen's overall oeuvre, we see that in quantitative terms he has preferred the violoncello above all other solo instruments, and a constant that uniformly pervades his chamber compositions is his love of the cello sound. The Sonata per violoncello e piano (2005) is a compact work with elements transcending movement limits indicating the composer views it as a single complex. 'From a Swan Song', for cello and piano, is a dramatic dialogue between two instrumentalists. His only piano trio to date, a work about memory, closes the program.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
[Everything here is] beautifully and delicately played. Eminently listenable-to music, even at its most introspective, caught in impressive sound.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
All of this is played with love and involvement, and I can recommend it to any of us who like our music new and old together. Elements of both styles are combined in substantial chamber works. Enjoy!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Naantali, Finlandia (02/2010).



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>Sallinen, Aulis : Sonata for cello & piano, Op. 86
  • Performers: Ralf Gothóni (Piano); Arto Noras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Sallinen, Aulis : From a Swan Song, for cello & piano, Op. 67
  • Performers: Ralf Gothóni (Piano); Arto Noras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1990-1991

>Sallinen, Aulis : Trio for Piano and Strings ("Les Visions Fugitives"), Op. 96
  • Performers: Ralf Gothóni (Piano); Arto Noras (Cello); Elina Vähälä (Violin)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009-2010