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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

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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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