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Symphonies 1 & 2 - Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Alba Records Oy
  • ASIN: B0088A4XU2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 1: I. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra10:23Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1: II. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:18Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1: III. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 4:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1: IV. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 6:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2: I. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra10:22Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2: II. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra10:32Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2: III. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 5:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2: IV. -Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 3:29£0.59  Buy MP3 

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Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Sakari Oramo, direction

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug 2013
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Here's another composer to add to the remarkable Finnish production line: I'll not make any more comments about the country's extraordinary reservoir of musical talent. Seppo Pohjola's music sounds like it will go down very well with the relatively conservative musical tastes in Britain and America indeed his first symphony, in particular, stylistically echoes the approach of several British and American symphonists from the interwar and post-World War II period.

Like those composers his music shows the influence of Hindemith and Nielsen and Shostakovich. Indeed Shostakovich is a very obvious influence in the First. After starting in deep quietude the music soon builds in tempo with snare drums and woodwind leading the charge. There are several musical references, firstly we hear Ode to Joy closely followed by the Dies Irae - a reference to his dead brothers to whom this work was a memorial to.

The shrill woodwind and snare drum echo the scherzo to Shostakovich's Tenth and there are oblique references elsewhere to that work - so oblique that they may not have been intended. The voice of Hindemith dominates the finale whilst clearly referencing the music of the opening movement. Intentionally or not, Shostakovich's Tenth is the frame upon which this work is built.

All this must seem rather old hat to some but if the music is good then it doesn't matter one jot. I'm pleased to say that this music emerges pretty well. Pohjola is a fine orchestrator and the First Symphony is tightly argued whilst carrying a sense of theatre and drama: the quiet slow introduction and slow movement are both very evocative in particular.

The Second is quite different with any echoes of Nielsen, Shostakovich or Hindemith barely audible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jet Wind on 18 May 2013
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Having a licking for most Finnish music, I thought I would give this a spin. Not disappointed as I found it engaging combined with good recorded sound, it's a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
New orchestra find from Finland 5 Aug 2013
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Pohjola is a composer that's completely new to me, and still a (fairly) young composer on the rise in Finland. His music is highly individual, sometimes tragic (the booklet details the family tragedy), sometimes electrifying in its rhythms and passioniate use of melodic material. Strongly recommended.
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