Works Discography

Joonas Kokkonen (1921-1996)

Joonas Kokkonen was one of the dominant figures of the post-war history of Finnish musical life. Of all modern Finnish composers, he may be said to most resemble Sibelius in the deepest sense: in the way his musical forms grow and demonstrate their organic unity over the course of an entire movement or work. He was also instrumental in establishing a foundation for a true Finnish national opera, and his single contribution to the genre, The Last Temptations, remains one of the outstanding 20th century works for the lyric stage. Kokkonen is also known for his famous Cello Concerto and his Requiem. He composed four symphonies in all.


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Fennica Gehrman
Finnish Music Information Centre

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Works



"... durch einen Spiegel..." - Metamorphosis for 12 Strings
Cello Concerto (1969)
En saa ovea auki (I Can’t Open The Door)
Jouluna
Legenda
Lux Aeterna
Metsän joulu
Minun on vielä ennen kuolemaani (I Have Yet Before I Die)
Opus sonorum (1964)
String Quartet No. 3 (1976)
Symphony No. 1 (1960)
Symphony No. 2 (1961)
Symphony No. 3 (1967)
Symphony No. 4 (1971)
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Discography (extract)



Joonas Kokkonen
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Opus sonorum
Finnish RSO
Sakari Oramo, conductor
ODE 1129-2

Released 01/2009

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Joonas Kokkonen
Cello Concerto
Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Marko Ylönen, cello
Finnish RSO
Sakari Oramo, conductor
ODE 1098-2

Released 10/2007

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Joulu tullut on
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo soprano
Musica Choir
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Ulf Söderblom, conductor
ODE 1036-2

Released 11/2003

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A Century of Finnish Chamber Music
Live from the Kuhmo Festival
Various Artists
ODE 984-2S (6CD)

Released 06/2002

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