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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 maart 2017 | Alba

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 5 januari 2018 | Alba

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Why, just why - you might well ask - did Esa-Pekka Salnonen choose to call his 2007 work for string quartets Homunculus? The story behind the name is a little bawdy: the late-medieval "spermist" theory, formulated by Paracelsus and others and still in vogue by the mid-18th Century, had it that spermatozoa were in fact fully-formed "little men", who only needed to be placed into the mother's womb to grow. Hence the Latin name meaning "little man", for this piece which, although short, contains an impressive amount of musical material. Curiously, for a composer who is known for his avant-gardist leanings, this work doesn't shy away from tonal poles, harmonic exchanges of any all kinds: clearly he'd had enough of the excesses of the avant-garde... The Kamus Quartet carries on with the First Quartet from Ligeti's "Nocturnal Metamorphoses", written in 1954 in a language which doesn't try to hide its inheritance from Bartók's final quartets, even if it far surpasses in force and verve anything that Bartók could have imagined. Finally, the album ends on the beautiful (and rarely-performed) Third and final Quartet by Britten, written between Aldeburgh and Venice in 1975, when he was already critically ill. It was not performed until two weeks after his death; the poignant language, painstakingly distilled from his style and his previous writing was is a veritable testament and "summary" of late Britten. The Kamus Quartet, founded in Helsinki about 15 years ago, eagerly explores the repertoires of the 20th and 21st Centuries, as well as Nordic music in its broadest sense - all the way to the Baltic countries. © SM/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 maart 2018 | Alba

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This album has come in from the cold to offer yet another demonstration of the vitality of Scandinavian creativity. The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra comes from a historic province of Finland, now divided into five regions on the country's west coast. Like the other regions of Finland, this area possesses a very high-quality conservatory: it has produced the musicians who make up this string orchestra, and given them a very unique sound. Founded in 1989, it has produced around 60 records mostly dedicated to contemporary performances. Juha Kangas is a violist with the group and never really wanted to become a conductor, seeing himself more of a team player who "gives it his best". For a long time he refused to perform at the head of any other orchestra than his own, wanting "on principle" to dedicate himself exclusively to his own musicians and to the various Nordic composers whom he had helped bring to light. All the pieces on this album were written for the boss, and his orchestra. The music from the Lithuanian composer Onutė Narbutaitė is utterly enthralling. Written in 2014, her piece Was There a Butterfly? is an ostinato abuzz with colour and mystery. Erkki Olavi Salmenhaara (1941-2002) was a Finnish composer, but also a teacher and critic, the author of numerous works, including a biography of Sibelius and of Madetoja. A student of Jonas Kokkonen, he also worked with György Ligeti in Vienna. Like all the Finnish composers, Kalevi Aho received a fifteen-year bursary from the state to allow him to truly dedicate himself to writing. Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) received a bursary from Sibelius himself, to support his studies at New York's Juilliard School. A very eclectic composer, he turned his hand to any number of styles, taking inspiration from all manner of musical currents of the 20th century. As for Peteris Vasks (born in 1946), he was born in Latvia, to a Baptist pastor. He started to receive international recognition in the 1990s, when Gidon Kremer began to make his music more widely-known. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | Alba

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 18 mei 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 juni 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 22 juni 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 22 juni 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 september 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 september 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 december 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 december 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 december 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 december 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 december 2018 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 februari 2019 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 maart 2019 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 maart 2019 | Alba

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 10 mei 2019 | Alba

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | Alba

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