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Kalevi Aho

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Born: March 9, 1949; Forssa, Finland  
Aho is one of Finland's leading symphonists, having written 11 works in that genre. He studied composition with noted symphonist Einojuhani Rautavaara at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and then later with composer Boris Blacher in Berlin (1971 - 1972). Aho has since lectured at the University of Helsinki and served as a professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy. He is the composer-in-residence of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. His Read more earliest works include the string quartets written in 1967, 1970, and 1971, and a violin sonata of 1973. His first four symphonies (1969 - 1973) employ classical polyphony and have timbres suggesting the influence of Dmitry Shostakovich and Gustav Mahler. Symphony No. 11 was premiered by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the Kroumata Ensemble under the direction of Osmo Vänskä in March 2000. The orchestral work entitled The Rejoicing of the Deep Waters was premiered in September 1998. His works for the stage include a dramatic monologue for singer and chamber orchestra, entitled Avain/The Key, and his two-act opera Hyönteiselämää/Insect Life (1996). Aho's other works include concertos for violin, piano, and cello; various solo pieces; as well as orchestrations of other composers' works, such as his successful version of Modest Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. Aho is also a noted writer. Read less
Fagerlund & Aho: Bassoon Concertos / Sambeek, Lahti Symphony
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2206   Number of Discs: 1
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Aho: Quintets for Winds Nos. 1 & 2 / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Release Date: 07/06/2018   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2176   Number of Discs: 1
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Aho: Symphony For Organ, Three Interludes / Jan Lehtola
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1946   Number of Discs: 1
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Aho: Symphony No 15, Minea, Double Bass Concerto / Vanska, Lahti Symphony
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1866   Number of Discs: 1
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Kalevi Aho: Timpani Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 1 / Turku Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/01/2018   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2306   Number of Discs: 1
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