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Aulis Sallinen: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

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>Sallinen, Aulis : A Solemn Overture (King Lear), Op. 75
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 1, Op. 24
>Sallinen, Aulis : Chorali, for 32 winds, percussion, harp & celesta, Op. 22
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 7, Op. 71 ("The Dreams of Gandalf")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 4, Op. 49
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 2, Op. 29 ("Dialogue for solo percussion & orchestra")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for Horn, Op. 82
>Sallinen, Aulis : Mauermusik, for orchestra, Op. 7
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 3, Op. 35
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 5, Op. 67 ("Washington Mosaics")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 6, Op. 65 ("From a New Zealand Diary")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for cello, Op. 44
>Sallinen, Aulis : Shadows, prelude for orchestra, Op. 52
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 8, Op. 81 ("Autumnal Fragments")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for Violin Op. 18
>Sallinen, Aulis : The Palace Rhapsody (Palatsirapsodia), for winds, percussion, harp & piano, Op. 72

Album Summary

>Sallinen, Aulis : A Solemn Overture (King Lear), Op. 75
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 1, Op. 24
>Sallinen, Aulis : Chorali, for 32 winds, percussion, harp & celesta, Op. 22
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 7, Op. 71 ("The Dreams of Gandalf")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 4, Op. 49
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 2, Op. 29 ("Dialogue for solo percussion & orchestra")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for Horn, Op. 82
>Sallinen, Aulis : Mauermusik, for orchestra, Op. 7
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 3, Op. 35
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 5, Op. 67 ("Washington Mosaics")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 6, Op. 65 ("From a New Zealand Diary")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for cello, Op. 44
>Sallinen, Aulis : Shadows, prelude for orchestra, Op. 52
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 8, Op. 81 ("Autumnal Fragments")
>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for Violin Op. 18
>Sallinen, Aulis : The Palace Rhapsody (Palatsirapsodia), for winds, percussion, harp & piano, Op. 72
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) ranks next to Einojuhani Rautavaara as Finland's most important classical contemporary composer. His music is situated far from any and all modern dogmatism and in its sincere intensity appeals directly to the listener. A strictly tonal frame of reference, simple thematic formulas, and clarity of formal construction together with powerful tension are the secrets of his popularity. This 5-CD set of his symphonic works and concertos is now available at a special price.



Reviews

Comprehensive set of important works by this Finnish master
Aulis Sallinen studied at the Sibelius Academy with Aarre Merikanto and Joonas Kokkonen. He has also served as the administrator of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and has been recognized by the government of Finland several times including receiving the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1978. In 1983 he was co-recipient with Krzysztof Penderecki of the Sibelius Prize of the Wihuri Foundation. Interestingly, Sallinen's output has not become as well known outside of Scandinavia or Russia as other composers, most notably Rautavaara or Sariaajo. It is said that Aulis Sallinen's music has been firmly rooted in tonality and melody. Apart from some experimental works, composed in the 1960's (like Mauermusik, included in this set, where he uses quarter-tones), he generally is a "traditional" composer. He has even been criticized and accused of writing music which is too 'audience-friendly', not looking for new paths and techniques. Tonality and even a certain "playfulness" is quite popular right now, especially in England and America and I think this very interesting and comprehensive preview of Sallinen's music would appeal to a wide audience. The Symphonies, alone, are well worth having and provide a very good overview of Sallinen's style. The eight symphonies range in length from the very compact #1 and #2 to the over thirty minutes of #6. It is also fascinating to hear the variety of tone in these works, with #2 and 3, in particular, being tuneful, almost buoyant to the more serious, ponderous in places, mood found in the Symphonies #5 and 7. Sallinen also resorts to some programmatic and thematic elements in some of his works. Symphony #6 "From a New Zealand Diary" being commissioned by the N.Z. Symphony as well as by the composer's personal vacation impressions. Similarly, the weighty Symphony #7, "The Dreams of Gandalf", is directly taken from program material he was going to use for a projected ballet based on Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" (It is a rather fun exercise to envision this music being used as the soundtrack to the Peter Jackson film trilogy instead of the wonderful score by Howard Shore and see that Sallinen's vision works quite well!) The other "big" aspect to this set is the inclusion of his concertos for cello, horn and violin, I liked all of these pieces as well, especially the "Violin Concerto" with its stark, dramatic, but concise, layout. The Cello Concerto and that for Horn also hold great musical drama and these works showcase the featured soloists very well. This big collection (five discs) also contains a few of Sallinen's smaller, more unusual orchestral works including the "Palace Rhapsody" with its elaborate wind writing and taken from sections of his opera, "The King Goes Forth from France" or the early "Mauermusik" ('wall music' in reference to a man shot to death at the Berlin Wall) with its somewhat creepy pitch sliding and nebulous tonality. "Chorali", another early work, is interesting for its use of chordal patterns that were overtly triadic unlike some of his student output. There is too much good quality, complex music in this terrific set for a small scale review to do justice. The performances by both the Norrkoping Symphony and the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philarmonic under conductor Ari Rasilainen, a fellow Finlander, are spectacular and sensitive and the three soloists are very skilled. Anyone wanting to explore an important but - perhaps - new name in European contemporary music should pick this up. The sound engineering and package design from CPO is at its usual high standards!
Submitted on 05/31/11 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Sallinen, Aulis : A Solemn Overture (King Lear), Op. 75
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Ensemble: Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (06/24/2002-06/28/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 1, Op. 24
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Ensemble: German State Philharmonic Orchestra Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (06/24/2002-06/28/2002)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1971

>Sallinen, Aulis : Chorali, for 32 winds, percussion, harp & celesta, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (06/24/2002-06/28/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 7, Op. 71 ("The Dreams of Gandalf")
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (06/24/2002-06/28/2002)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 4, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping (12/21/2003-10/22/2003)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1979

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 2, Op. 29 ("Dialogue for solo percussion & orchestra")
  • Performer: Martin Orraryd (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping (01/16/2003-01/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for Horn, Op. 82
  • Performer: Esa Tapani (Horn)
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping (10/30/2003-10/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sallinen, Aulis : Mauermusik, for orchestra, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping (01/16/2003-01/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 3, Op. 35
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Running Time: 24 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1974-1975

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 5, Op. 67 ("Washington Mosaics")
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Running Time: 37 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 6, Op. 65 ("From a New Zealand Diary")
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Running Time: 39 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for cello, Op. 44
  • Performer: Jan-Erik Gustafsson (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Running Time: 25 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1977

>Sallinen, Aulis : Shadows, prelude for orchestra, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (11/29/2004-12/04/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 8, Op. 81 ("Autumnal Fragments")
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (11/29/2004-12/04/2004)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2001

>Sallinen, Aulis : Concerto for Violin Op. 18
  • Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (11/29/2004-12/04/2004)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1968

>Sallinen, Aulis : The Palace Rhapsody (Palatsirapsodia), for winds, percussion, harp & piano, Op. 72
  • Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
  • Notes: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (11/29/2004-12/04/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997