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Sallinen: Symphonies No 2 & 4, Horn Concerto / Rasilainen, Norrköping SO


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999969   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Martin OrrarydEsa Tapani
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The performances here are stunning. Believe it or not, this is the third recording (at least) of the Fourth Symphony, a marvelously focused piece from a composer whose work over the past decade or so has seemed quite patchy. Its three movements alternate memorable thematic material with those marvelously luminous string clusters and bell sounds that Sallinen understands as well as anyone alive. The Horn Concerto is similarly well-written and colorful, and it's splendidly played by soloist Esa Tapani. Sallinen exploits the instrument's historic role as a hunting instrument, but also leaves plenty of room for Romantic lyricism, and the concerto isn't a second too long.


The
Read more remaining two works are a touch less alluring, but they're important to Sallinen's artistic development. Symphony No. 2 takes the form of a dialog between the orchestra and a solo percussionist, and like most such works the thematic material seems a bit thin. To Sallinen's credit, however, the music never outstays its 16-minute duration, and as with all the pieces here the performance is spectacularly vivid. It will grow on you. I'm not sure that same can be said of Mauermusik, an early work dedicated to the memory of a young East German man shot at the Berlin Wall. I respect the concept, but the music simply strikes me as miserable. But it's less than 10 minutes long, and it doesn't lessen the appeal of the other three works, all of which are as brilliantly recorded as they are conducted and played. An excellent release. [2/24/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4, Op. 49 by Aulis Sallinen
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Finland 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 23 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden (10/21/2003 - 10/22/2003) 
2.
Symphony no 2, Op. 29 "Dialogue for Percussion solo and Orchestra" by Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Martin Orraryd (Percussion)
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Finland 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 16 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden (01/16/2003 - 01/18/2003) 
3.
Concerto for Horn, Op. 82 by Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Esa Tapani (French Horn)
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Finland 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 21 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden (10/30/2003 - 10/31/2003) 
4.
Mauermusik, Op. 7 by Aulis Sallinen
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1963; Finland 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden (01/16/2003 - 01/18/2003) 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4, Op. 49: I. Andante poco giocoso
Symphony No. 4, Op. 49: II. Dona nobis pacem
Symphony No. 4, Op. 49: III. Finale
Symphony No. 2, Op. 29, "Symphonic Dialogue"
Horn Concerto, Op. 82, "Campane ed Arie": Part I
Horn Concerto, Op. 82, "Campane ed Arie": Part II
Mauermusik, Op. 7

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