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Aho: Aho Quasi Una Fantasia

Magazine article Gramophone

Aho: Aho Quasi Una Fantasia

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Aho

Aho Quasi una fantasia (a). Epilogue (b). Wedding March (c)--I; II. Wedding Music (c). Ludus solemnis (c). In memoriam (c). Song of the Earth (d)

JS Bach/Aho Contrapunctus XIV (e)

Jan Lehtola org with (d) Anna-Kaisa Pippuri ob

(d) Kaija Saarikettu vn (a) Petri Komulainen hn

(b) Jussi Vuorinen tbn

BIS [F] [SACD] BIS1966 (62' * DDD/DSD)

Played on abd the main organ of St Paul's Church, Helsinki; (e) the 1998 Porthan organ of Kotka Church, Finland; (c) the Akerman & Lund organ of St Johannes Kyrka, Malmo, Sweden

Aho's writing for organ certainly betrays the same ear for instrumental colour as his orchestral works, and it is refreshing to hear what one might call a 'non-French' approach to the instrument. The writing is springy, the melodic lines clear and athletic, textures uncluttered; the lineage is certainly northern European, and Bach in particular is paid homage to in Aho's remarkable completion of the Contrapunctus XIV from The Art of Fugue. …

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