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This review is from: Aho: Symphony No. 15, Double Bass Concerto & Minea (MP3 Download)
Kalevi Aho's orchestral music has an enchanting quality, and the three works here (excellently performed and recorded) are no exception: classical in the tonal sense yet progressive enough to have an engaging edge.
The dramatic and the sublime intermix with a captivating ebb-and-flow producing magical and mythical flavours that dance - at times with twinkling nimbleness, at other times with stomping boots and shifty eyes. Exotic Eastern/Mediterranean essences are charmingly conjured; and I especially like the eerie passages that evoke the uncanny.
This is enigmatic music that has a focus on the human mind - its dreams and desires, visions and delusions.