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Kalevi Aho brilliant once again, and performed brilliantly by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

New World
Erkki Lasonpalo, conductor
Ari-Pekka Mäenpää, timpani

Kalevi Aho: Timpani Concerto (world premiere)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 in e minor op. 95 ”From the New World”

Timpani have the main role in the concert. Kalevi Aho is known from his polyphonic composing technique and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra's principal timpanist Ari-Pekka Mäenpää performs the world premiere of Aho's Timpani Concerto. Dvořák's beloved symphony no. 9 was completed when the composer lived in the explorer's new world, America. The composition has also visited the moon with Neil Armstrong in year 1969.
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New World. Erkki Lasonpalo, conductor. Ari-Pekka Mäenpää, timpani. Kalevi Aho: Timpani Concerto (world premiere) Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 in e minor op. 95 ”From the New World”. Timpani have the main role in the concert. Kalevi Aho is known from his polyphonic composing technique and Turku ...
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Welsh Opera Orchestra conducted by/dirigida por: Sir Charles Groves.

1. Daybreak (0:00 - 12:35)
2. By the River (12:36 - 19:14)
3. Sunset (19:15 - 29:15)
4. At Night (29:16 - 37:57)

Frederick Delius wrote his Florida Suite in 1888 and it was largely forgotten until the 1960's when Sir Thomas Beecham, friend of the composer, made a reedition. Here, Delius showcases his musical memories and inspirations from his two years in the United States of America.
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Sinfonía pyrenaica (1945)

I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro molto moderato [0:00]
II. Presto non troppo [18:50]
III. Allegro brioso [34:20]

An orchestral work by Spanish Basque composer Jesús Guridi (1886-1961), in which he attempts to express in music the "soul" of the Pyrenees Mountains. This is achieved in abstract terms, as there is no explicit programme for the symphony. Still, there is plenty of vivid imagery in the music and some of the main themes are derived from Basque folksongs.
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Undertaking a virtual trip to Armenia today.
 
Alexander Arutiunian Festive Overture
All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Mangasarian Conductor
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Thank you so much, +Dagfinn Koch  for this recommendation. This was a very nice performance of the viola sonata.

Viola Sonata, Op. 147

Shostakovich: Viola Sonatas - Viola Suite

℗ 2014 SOMM Recordings

Released on: 2014-02-01

Artist: Lars Anders Tomter
Artist: Havard Gimse
Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
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From +Michael Berridge:

"Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy. To quote the composer: "I have often compared composing to gardening. In both processes, one observes and controls organic growth rather than constructing or assembling existing components and elements. I would also like to think that my compositions are rather like 'English gardens', freely growing and organic, as opposed to those that are pruned to geometric precision and severity".

"The title is derived from a passage in the libretto of my opera 'The House of the Sun': '...like a butterfly in the garden of black autumn...' The motif to which these words are sung is used as the theme for the variations of the first movement. It's texture grows and becomes denser by degrees. The second slow movement, rhythmically and dynamically placid, follows without a pause. The third movement starts off vivacious and brisk, but autumn is a time of leaves falling, of colours, and death, and so soon becomes a solemn dance, perhaps a sarabande in honour of the dying splendour of summer, or as T.S. Eliot said, 'late roses filled with early snow' ".

This is an excerpt from the Ondine CD ODE 950-2, which contains also the Piano Concerto No. 3 (Gift of Dreams), and a 13 minute interview with the composer. All the recordings were made in his presence."
 
Here is some near contemporary music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Autumn Gardens composed in 1999.
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Paul Hindemith - Organ Concerto (1962)

1. Crescendo - Moderato Maestoso 00:00
2. Allegro assai 04:55
3. Canzonetta in triads and two Ritornelli - Moderato 12:05
4. Phantasy on "Veni Creator Spiritus" 18:10

Iveta Apkalna, Organ
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
28.11.2015
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"Alexander Arutiunian Symphony for a Big Symphony Orchestra

1. Maestoso. Allegro con fuoco
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegretto
4. Moderato

All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev Conductor

Pictures in video" Monastery Noravank, Armenia"
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"My music is strange: where it rings out, it seizes upon the deepest; but it is rarely given the opportunity again." - Richard Wetz


I. Massig Bewegt - 00:00
II. Langsam, mit klagendem Ausdruck - 17:22
III. Finale: Bewegt [Ruhige Halbe] - 27:05
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