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Kalevi Aho: Works for Solo Piano / Sonja Fräki, piano

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  1. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 1, Tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 2, Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 3, Semplice $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 4, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 5, Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 6, Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 7, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 8, Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 9, Lento assai $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 10, Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 11, Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 12, Allegro - Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 13, Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 14, Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 15, Moderato grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 16, Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 17, Andante - Allegro - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 18, Lento assai, esitante $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Aho — 19 Preludes: No. 19, Tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Aho — 3 Small Piano Pieces: No. 1, Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Aho — 3 Small Piano Pieces: No. 2, Tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Aho — 3 Small Piano Pieces: No. 3, Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Aho — 2 Pienta pianokappaletta lap sille (2 Easy Piano Pieces for Children): No. 1, Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Aho — 2 Pienta pianokappaletta lap sille (2 Easy Piano Pieces for Children): No. 2, Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Aho — Piano Sonatina: I. Toccata. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Aho — Piano Sonatina: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Aho — Piano Sonatina: III. Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Aho — Solo II
  29. Aho — Piano Sonata: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Aho — Piano Sonata: II. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Aho — Piano Sonata: III. Tranquillo molto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Aho, Kalevi : Preludes (19) for piano
>Aho, Kalevi : Three Small Piano Pieces
>Aho, Kalevi : Two Easy Piano Pieces for Children
>Aho, Kalevi : Sonatina for piano
>Aho, Kalevi : Solo no 2 for piano
>Aho, Kalevi : Piano Sonata
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Notes & Reviews:

Known particularly for his orchestral output - 16 symphonies and 21 concertos to date! - the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho was recently described in Gramophone as having 'a strong claim to the title of greatest living symphonist'. But as followers of the ongoing releases of his music on BIS will know, Aho has also composed a large number of works for smaller forces - quartets and quintets, duos and solo pieces. On the present disc, the Finnish pianist Sonja Fräki presents his output for solo piano, comfortably fitting on one disc, but nevertheless spanning some 30 years of a long career. The disc in fact opens with Aho's earliest published work, the Nineteen Preludes from 1965-68, written before the composer had begun any formal studies of either composition or the piano. There is even a first version of Prelude No. 8 dating from 1963, when Kalevi Aho was in his early teens and was just beginning to teach himself the piano, writing music intended mainly as practice pieces for his own use. Since then Aho has composed for other budding pianists - the Two Easy Piano Pieces for Children and the Sonatina - but as in much of his other music, the works for piano display his characteristic fascination with the virtuosic and technically brilliant side of music-making. On the present disc, this quality comes to the fore in the Sonata, with its sparkling first movement and percussive, toccata-like second movement followed by a searching Tranquillo molto, characterized by a trill which continues almost without interruption throughout the movement. Commissioned as a set piece for a piano competition, Solo II is likewise a challenge for any pianist, and forms part of a series of big (roughly ten-minute) solo works for various instruments, of which several have been recorded by BIS.

MusicWeb International, March 2015
A genuine jaw-dropper, this; almost certain to be one of my recordings of the year.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Sonja FrSki rises to the challenge... of all the music on this disc.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Aho is primarily a symphonist and apparently gained much of his pianistic technique from study of the virtuoso literature. This program is pretty scattered but gives a good idea of the composer's early work and is the only general sample of his piano music. Ms FrSki tackles this challenging task with impressive skill and expressive range.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nya Paviljongen, Grankulla, Finland (01/2013).



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Works Details

>Aho, Kalevi : Preludes (19) for piano
  • Performer: Sonja Fräki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965-1968

>Aho, Kalevi : Three Small Piano Pieces
  • Performer: Sonja Fräki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Aho, Kalevi : Two Easy Piano Pieces for Children
  • Performer: Sonja Fräki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Aho, Kalevi : Sonatina for piano
  • Performer: Sonja Fräki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Aho, Kalevi : Solo no 2 for piano
  • Performer: Sonja Fräki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Aho, Kalevi : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Sonja Fräki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980