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Chamber Works
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CD

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BIS 1886CD BIS 1886CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/14/2012

"Renowned for his rich production in the field of orchestral music, Kalevi Aho is also a prolific composer for chamber forces. Here are three works spanning two decades that have been combined with the 'Sonata For Two Accordions' originating in 1984 as a Sonata for solo accordion described by the composer in his own liner notes as 'comparable in aspiration with Liszt's most virtuosic piano works.' Completed five years later, the duo version exploits to the utmost the unique possibilities offered by the accordion and remains highly virtuosic. It was premiered as late as 2002 by Veli and Susanne Kujala, who also perform it on this recording. At the other end of the timeline is the 'Trio For Clarinet, Viola and Piano,' which was commissioned to be the set chamber music work of the 2006 Tampere Viola Competition. While the single-movement Trio reserves a prominent role for the viola, Aho describes it as 'a quite short and flamboyant work in which each instrument has something important to say.' Opening the disc is the large-scale 'Clarinet Quintet,' composed in 1998 as one in a series of quintets involving woodwind instruments, begun in 1973 with an Oboe Quintet and completed by the 2006 Wind Quintet."