Works for Cello and Strings Archive

“Poema – Works for Cello and Strings” = ERKKI SALMENHAARA: Poema; PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Hate-Love; JUHO KANGAS: Concerto for Cello and Strings; AULIS SALLINEN: Chamber Music VIII –  Juha Kangas – Alba

“Poema – Works for Cello and Strings” = ERKKI SALMENHAARA: Poema; PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Hate-Love; JUHO KANGAS: Concerto for Cello and Strings; AULIS SALLINEN: Chamber Music VIII – Juha Kangas – Alba

“Poema – Works for Cello and Strings” = ERKKI SALMENHAARA: Poema; PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Hate-Love; JUHO KANGAS: Concerto for Cello and Strings; AULIS SALLINEN: Chamber Music VIII – Marko Ylönen, cello/Ostrobothnian Ch. Orch. /Juha Kangas – Alba multichannel SACD ABCD 372 [Distr. by Albany], 65:09 (5/05/15) ***1/2: The body of work for solo cello with, or within, a string orchestra is not a huge one but does contain some fine examples, especially within the twentieth century. Here we have a fascinating collection of works for this combination all written by Finnish composers within the last fifty years. The opening work and title cut, Poema, is also the shortest piece here but is absolutely beautiful. This work by Erkki Salmenhaara is written very traditionally in a solid E-minor and actually uses a snippet from the well-known Chopin “Funeral March” (from his B-flat minor Piano Sonata) as a starting point. This brief but poignant piece is also the oldest work here. It was written in 1975 shortly after the death of Shostakovich, who Salmenhaara greatly admired. No actual dedication or connection to that event was ever acknowledged by Salmenhaara, however. The mysteriously titled Love-Hate by Pehr Nordgren is really a cello concerto […]