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Harri Ahmas is a highly regarded orchestral musician in Finland with an extensive output of compositions including operas, symphonies and concertos. His organ writing is extremely effective: varied, sonorous, and melodious while not tonal. The solo organ works range from a Chorale e Fughetta from 1980 to a Sonata for Organ written for Jan Lehtola in 2015. From the outset, Ahmas’s music is exciting and engaging – the opening Veloce (one of Four bagatelles for horn and organ) has all the fantastical energy and sonority reminiscent of Jean Guillou. The large churches used for these recordings certainly reinforce Lehtola’s description of Ahmas as a ‘painter of deep waters and dark tones’.

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