Kimmo Hakola Clarinet Concerto
Commission: 2001, world premiere: 28.06.2001, AVANTI! Chamber Orchestra/Kari Kriikku
Publisher: Fennica Gehrman, Finland
It is a firework of dances, explosions and colours that turns soloist Kari Kriikku into the public’s favourite. The Milanese audience finally renders its honours to Kriikku’s virtuosity and somewhat dance-hall folklore.
– Corriere della Sera, February 2009
Recording: released by Ondine February 2006
Kari Kriikku/Sakari Oramo/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
It’s all done, and performed, with such élan, that it’s hard not to enjoy the vitality […] The performances are most impressive and the works clearly hold no terrors for Kari Kriikku.
–BBC Music Magazine, March 2006