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Kalevi Aho - Solo, Vol. 1

Composer Kalevi Aho
Performer Sharon Bezaly
Piet van Bockstal
Marie-Luise Neunecker
Samuli Peltonen
Simon Reitmaier
Bram van Sambeek
Hiyoli Togawa
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2446 SACD
EAN 7318599924465
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2021
Total time 78'03

Kalevi Aho is one of today’s most prolific composers of large-scale orchestral scores, including 17 symphonies and 32 concertos to date. Less well-known is the fact that he has also written chamber music, as well as an ever-expanding series of solo pieces – starting with Solo I for violin from 1975, the most &&&recent in the series, for clavichord, is the 17th. Some of these pieces has originated as part of Aho’s preparations when composing a concerto for the instrument in question, while others have been written for competitions, including Solo III for flute and Solo IV for cello on the present disc.

This first volume of Solos gathers seven pieces in all, four of which have previously appeared as part of separate discs. Aho’s Solos share the characteristic that they pose great technical, interpretative and often also physical challenges to the performer. Most of those heard here are performed by the musicians for whom they were written, including Hiyoli Togawa (Solo XII), Piet Van Bockstal (Solo IX), Simon Reitmaier (Solo XIV) and Marie-Luise Neunecker (Solo X).
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01 Solo IV for cello 10'25
02 Solo XII - in memoriam EJR for viola 11'21
03 Solo IX for oboe 10'32
04 Solo XIV for clarinet 12'55
05 Solo V for bassoon 10'13
06 Solo X for horn 7'39
  Solo III for flute 13'06
07 I. Crotchet = 66 8'57
08 II. Presto 4'09
  Album total 78'03
CelloPeltonen, Samuli
ViolaTogawa, Hiyoli
OboeBockstal, Piet van
ClarinetReitmaier, Simon
BassoonSambeek, Bram van
HornNeunecker, Marie Luise
FluteBezaly, Sharon

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