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Timo Korhonen – guitarist

In the words, with a little “guitartistic” freedom, of the American poet and short-story writer Raymond Carver, I welcome visitors to my website:

Ambition and a touch of luck don’t do a guitarist any harm, but too much ambition and bad luck can be fatal. There must be talent, too. Some guitarists have plenty of talent; I don’t know of any guitarist without any talent whatsoever. However, the ability to give a composition an individual and precise interpretation is a completely different matter. There is the question of style, but not that alone. Everything that the guitarist interprets must have his or her own characteristic, indisputable stamp. This is the factor, which distinguishes guitarists from each other; it is not talent, for there is sufficient talent around. Guitarists do not need tricks or gimmicks; nor do they even need to be the most intelligent people in the neighbourhood, but sometimes they must be able quite simply to preserve their sense of wonder at the miracle of sound.



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Timo Korhonen’s discography

Hakola and Hosokawa Guitar Concertos: World Premiere recording of two poignant new concertos by Toshio Hosokawa and Kimmo Hakola. Timo Korhonen with the Oulu Symphony and Santtumatias Rouvali, conductor.

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Pasacalle: A musical passage from the 15th to 20th century in Latin world. Timo Korhonen with Mezzo Soprano Monica Groop. Arrangements by Timo Korhonen.



Johann Sebastian Bach: Partitas for Solo Violin – arranged for guitar by Timo Korhonen.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Solo Violin – arranged for guitar by Timo Korhonen.KlassikHeute “10”

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Magnus Lindberg: Mano a mano 2004, dedicated to Timo Korhonen, Toru Takemitsu: In The Woods, 1995, Three pieces for Guitar; Hans Werner Henze: The 1st Sonata on Shakespearean characters for guitar, 1975-76. “Gramophone Recommends”

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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Etudes pour la Guitarre, manuscript version 1928!; Leo Brouwer: Estudios Sencillos 1-20. KlassikHeute “10”

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Ludwig van Beethoven / Francisco Tárrega: “Claro de Luna” (Adagio sostenuto de la Sonata Op. 27 No. 2); Menuet (Septet, Op. 20); Fragmento de la 7a Sinfonía (Allegretto, Op. 92); Marcha fúnebre de la Sonata No. 12 (Op. 26); Scherzo de la Sonata No. 2, Op. 2; Adagio cantabile (Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 ); Tema (Tema con variazioni Op. 20 ); Variación del Septimino (Tema con variazioni, Op. 20); Andante de la Sonata No. 9 ( Op. 47, ” Kreutzer ” ); Menuet (No. 3, 6 Minuets, WoO 10); Largo con gran espressione ( Sonata No. 4, Op. 7); Richard Wagner / Francisco Tárrega: Tannhäuser Fragmento de la Sinfonía; Marcha de Tannhäuser; Francisco Tárrega / Giuseppe Verdi: Fantasia sobre motivos “La Traviata”.KlassikHeute “10”

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Leo Brouwer: Concerto of Helsinki for guitar and orchestra, Dedicated to Timo Korhonen; I.Albéniz / Brouwer: Suite Ibéria for guitar and orchestra; Lennon-McCartney / Brouwer: From Yesterday to Penny Lane, Seven Songs after Beatles for guitar and strings. Cannes Classical Award 2003 and Record of the Month U.S.A. Classics

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Kaija Saariaho: Grammar of Dreams, Adjö for soprano, flute and guitar; Caliban’s Dream for baritone, clarinet, mandoline, guitar, harp and double bass; Die Aussicht for soprano, flute, guitar, viola and cello; Timo Korhonen with Anu Komsi, soprano and others. Record of the Year 2000 in Finland

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Fryderyk Chopin arr. Tárrega: Nocturne op. 32/1, Nocturne op. 9/2, Prélude op. 28/7, Prélude op. 28/20, Prélude op.28/15, Mazurka op.33/1, Mazurka op. 24/3, Mazurka op. 33/4, Waltz op.34/2. M.Llobet: 10 Catalan Folk Songs.

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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Complete Works for Guitar Vol. 1) Introduction aux Chôros for guitar and orchestra, Concerto for guitar and orchestra,12 Etudés. Finnish RSO, Oramo.

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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Complete Works for Guitar Vol. 2) Préludes, Sextuor Mystique, Distribuiçao de Flores, Modinha, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Suite Populaire Bresiliénne, Chôros No. 1. with chamber ensemble.

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Fernando Sor: Fantaisie op. 30, Etudes op. 35 II book, Etude op. 31 nr. 23, Fantaisie Villageoise op. 52, Fantaisie Elegiaque op. 59.

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Folk Songs from Spain, Finland and China. Dilbér, soprano and Korhonen, guitar.

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Manuel Ponce: Sonatina Meridional, Théme, Varié et Finale, Sonata No. 3, Variations sur “Folia d’España” et Fugue.

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Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Capricho Arábe. Moreno Torroba: Suite Castellana, Torija, Sonatina. Albeniz: Córdoba, Capricho Catalan, Sevilla.

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Leo Brouwer: La Espiral Eterna, Tarantos, Paisaje Cubano con Campanas; Franco Donatoni: Algo, due pezzi per chitarra; Olli Koskelin: Tutte le Corde for guitar and tape; Alberto Ginastera: Sonata op. 47. Ondine ODE 730-2 Record of the Year 1990 in Finland

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En Sång om Gemenskap, with Carola Häggkvist, voice, SVT (The Swedish Television Chanel 1), March 1984, Live recording from TV-show “Carola så in i Norden” at Stockholm Circus

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