This album contains music by Henrik Nordgren played by the Kokkola-Quartet consisting of members of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra (OCO). Evocation (ABCD 421) is Kokkola Quartet’s first album with these players.
The Kokkola-Quartet was set up already in the 70's and 80's, but in the current composition, the quartet has only played since the end of 2016. However, its members have been in inter-chamber interaction for a very long time, and this has made the band's sound and style ideals united. The Kokkola-Quartet will be performed by KPKO's Reijo Tunkkari, violin; Annica Brännkärr, violin; Hanna Pakkala, viola and Lauri Pulakka, cello.
Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944-2008) has a strong sense of expression and unconditional honesty in music, combining it with two very different influences: Dmitri Šostakovitsi and folk music. The Japanese influences and, on the other hand, the great orchestral compositions feature a number of his 1970s works. String quartet no. 3 op. 27, however, means returning to the king's genres of chamber music. The piece is one-piece and was premiered by Intimae Voces Quartet at the Helsinki Festival in 1976. Equivocations for kantele and string trio was composed in 1981. Its style is characterized by Nordgren's own words: "Recently, I have deliberately tried to simplify my style." The kantele, the traditional national instrument appears in the work with other instruments as an equal, modern instrument. Eija Kankaanranta (kantele) performs together with Reijo Tunkkari, Hanna Pakkala and Lauri Pulakka.
The cello artist Marko Ylönen plays the sonata for cellos. The work dates back to 1992 and Ylönen performed it at the Turku Music Festival. String quintet op. 110 is the most recent of the works on the album, dating from the year 2000. Karelian and Inkerian poetry, the crying spells, became in this time particularly of Nordgren's interest. Though the string quartet does not borrow poetry, it is closely related to the melody as the composer's late-term way of dealing with this material. In addition to the Kokkola-Quartet there is Janne Virkkala, cellist of KPKO.
Nordgren, Pehr Henrik:
String Quartet No. 3;
Equivocations, for string quartet and kantele;
Sonata for violoncello solo;