Magazine article Gramophone

'Poema'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Poema'

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'Poema'

'Works for Cello and Strings' Kangas Cello Concerto Nordgren HATE-LOVE, Op 71 Sallinen Chamber Music VIII, 'Paavo Haavikko in memoriam', Op 94 Salmenhaara Poema Marko Yldnen vc Ostrobothnain Chamber Orchestra / Juha Kangas Alba (F) [SACD] ABCD372 (64' * DDD/DSD)

Erkki Salmenhaara (1941-2002) was at one time an avant-garde firebrand, his first three symphonies (1962-64) and some other works employing Ligetian chord clusters and other devices designed to provoke. By the time of Poema in 1975, his eloquent musing on Chopin's ubiquitous Funeral March, his style had moved into postmodernism, a shift anticipated 10 years earlier. Originally written for violin, the transcription--it's unclear by whose hands--for cello proves deeply atmospheric in Ylonen's persuasive hands.

The emotional intensity is ramped up considerably, as one might expect from the title, in Pehr Henrik Nordgren's HATELOVE (1987), though its inspiration was not divulged by the composer. Not the soloist and orchestra, presumably, as this is their second recording of it, this new account markedly quicker than their 1990 predecessor. …

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