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Intermezzo, Op. 16b, No. 2

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (05/19/14)
Composer: Kuula, Toivo
Sample Producer: OrganART Media
Sample Set: Wilhelm Sauer - 1904 OAM
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Romantic
Description:
Toivo Timoteus Kuula (7 July 1883 – 18 May 1918) was a Finnish conductor and composer. He was born in the city of Vaasa (in those days Nikolainkaupunki), when Finland still was a Grand Duchy under Russian rule. He is known as a colorful and passionate portrayer of Finnish nature and people.

In 1909, Kuula became Jean Sibelius's first composition student. He is best remembered for his large output of melodic choir and vocal works. His instrumental works include two Ostrobothnian Suites for orchestra, a violin sonata, a piano trio, and an unfinished Symphony. Kuula's major choral work is often considered the cantata Stabat Mater, which was completed in spring 1915 (original version, later lost) but revised, beginning 1917 and unfinished at the time of his death. He also wrote a few dozen highly artistic piano works.

A Swedish critic once said that Kuula's music reaches parts of the human spirit where one is forced to deep examination of one's self. Kuula was known to be a fierce Fennoman. He died in the provincial hospital in Viipuri in 1918 after being mortally wounded 18 days earlier on Walpurgis Night by a bullet fired by a Jäger.

The "Intermezzo" is a gorgeous "little" piece. Lasting only around 3 1/2 minutes, it covers an amazing range of sound and emotion. The accelerando that I did, in conjunction with the massive cresecendo, is not indicated, but the music seemed to demand it.

Reger fans will LOVE this one, and the Sauer shines with all the right sounds!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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