The music of Joonas Kokkonen (1921–96), one of the most important Finnish composers after Sibelius, radiates warmth and light. His limited output is largely introvert in character but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. Kokkonen’s Requiem (1980–81), written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces. This first recording is complemented by the first complete recording of Kokkonen’s four works for solo organ.
Suvi Väyrynen, soprano Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8-11 Joose Vähäsöyrinki, baritone Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8-11 Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir Tracks 3-11 Jan Lehtola, organ of Paavalinkirkko, Helsinki Heikki Liimola, conductor Tracks 3-11
Surusoitto (‘Funeral Music’; 1969) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0434/Track02.mp3
Requiem ‘in memoriam Maija Kokkonen’ (1980–81)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0434/Track03.mp3
Lux aeterna (1974) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0434/Track12.mp3
Iuxta crucem (1979) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0434/Track13.mp3
*First Recording in this Version
Catalogue No: TOCC0434EAN/UPC: 5060113444349Release Date: 01.09.2017Composer: Joonas Kokkonen Artists: Heikki Liimola, Jan Lehtola, Joose Vähäsöyrinki, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, Suvi Väyrynen
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