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Uuno Klami (1900–1961) was an acclaimed orchestral composer whose works in other genres also deserve to be known. This edition of chamber music composed by him between 1917 and 1952 was edited by pianist Esa Ylönen and composer Eero Kesti.
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Uuno Klami (1900–1961) became one of the leading Finnish Modernists during the 1920s. His sonata for viola and piano in B flat minor (1920) stayed forgotten for a long time until in 2016 the violist Eero Kesti took the demanding task of editing the very challenging manuscript which was full of unclear corrections. The sonata has impressionistic and romantic features and is surprisingly mature and original, considering the young age of the composer. Duration ca. 21 min.
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Uuno Klami (1900-1961) was an acclaimed Finnish orchestral composer whose works in other genres also deserve to be known. Valses lentes et amoureuses consists of two waltzes and dates from 1932. It is one of the most graceful pieces of salon music ever composed by Uuno Klami. The first waltz, Con passione, begins in subtly sensual, veiled, passionate mood, like an invitation to a dance. The second movement begins with a languorously erotic and chromatic introduction leading to a livelier Wienerlied in a G-major landscape.
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Uuno Klami (1900-1961) was an acclaimed Finnish orchestral composer whose works in other genres also deserve to be known. Souvenir for solo violin and string ensemble dates from 1929. It is as a melodically expressive, small-scale counterpart for chamber ensemble of the virtuoso, imaginatively written Opernredoute concert waltz for large orchestra.
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Uuno Klami (1900–1961) was an acclaimed Finnish orchestral composer whose works in other genres also deserve to be known. Berceuse for violin and piano is composer’s own arrangement of the second movement of his Symphonie enfantine op. 7. Laulelma (A Little Song) for violin and piano was an aphoristic birthday greeting to a friend in 1952.
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Uuno Klami probably began composing the C minor Sonata as early as May 1920. He completed two movements but only sketched the finale. The reason why he never finished it may be that he began composing a Viola Sonata at around the same time. In 2016 composer Eero Kesti edited Klami’s Viola Sonata when ne noticed that the main sections of the two sonatas' finales are very similar even though they were in different keys. This last movement is reconstructed by Eero Kesti using Klami's viola sonata.
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arranged by Esa Ylönen
These organ transcriptions of Uuno Klami's works are useful in concerts as well as in other congregational use. They can also be used as pedagogic material. 
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Edited by Esa Ylönen
Uuno Klami's piano works afford an exciting view of his development as a composer. This collection includes previously unpublished pieces and also information and photos about Klami's life and works. 55011-367-1, € 32,90 Buy now

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Uuno Klami

Uuno Klami (20 September 1900 – 29 May 1961) became one of the leading Finnish Modernists during the 1920s. His main genre was orchestral music, and he experimented widely with his orchestration, combining national themes with international trends. His studies took him to Paris and Vienna, and Parisian influences are particularly marked in his musical language. He admired the orchestral sound of Ravel and was also influenced by Stravinsky.

Klami is one of the most frequent names on the Finnish concert programme, with his Kalevala Suite, Sea Pictures and other orchestral works. He also wrote popular overtures, such as those to King Lear and The Cobblers on the Heath, the latter virtually having the last word on the use of humour in this genre. One of his greatest works is the oratorio Psalmus (1936) for soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra.

Klami also wrote works for soloist and orchestra, among them the Cheremissian Fantasy (1931) for cello and orchestra and the Violin Concerto (1943/54). During the 1950s he worked on the ballet Whirls (Pyörteitä) featuring characters from the national epic, the Kalevala, but he never finished it. Kalevi Aho has since orchestrated the first Act and composed a third Act, Symphonic Dances. Hommage à Uuno Klami.

During recent years Fennica Gehrman has published a wealth of Klami's previously unpublished pieces. They include the Sonata in C Minor for violin and piano, Sonata in B Flat Minor for viola and piano, Berceuse & Laulelma for violin and piano, Piano Trio in F Sharp Minor, Souvenir for violin and string ensemble as well as Valses lentes et amoureuses for string orchestra and piano. Uuno Klami's piano works are available in a complete collection, and his pieces have also been arranged for organ by Esa Ylönen

 

 

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