Ilkka Kuusisto - Orchestral Works

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Ilkka Kuusisto - Orchestral Works

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Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th November 2011

Kuusisto, Ilkka
CantataKun 'talo alkaa soida' (When the house begins to resound) for baritone and orchestra
Concertino improvvisando for violin and small orchestra
Symphony no.1
Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Jorma Hynninen (baritone), Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Jaakko Kuusisto
Ilkka Kuusisto began his career as a jazz pianist at the age of 15, and has since been active in a number of fields, including the theatre, as an organist, a choral conductor and as chief executive of the Finnish National Opera. As a composer he is highly eclectic. Having composed several operas, Kuusisto was invited by the conductor Osmo Vänskä to write a symphony for the Lahti Symphony Orchestra – a work which opens this disc.

For his Concertino improvvisando the composer turned to his son, the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, for advice, who in turn suggested a work which included plenty of scope for improvisation.

Closing the programme is a cantata for baritone and orchestra performed by the illustrious Jorma Hynninen. The text (in Finnish) juxtaposes the Bible, the Kalevala and Schopenhauer – but the score goes even further in its generous inclusion of different genres, with pride of place given to an accordion playing popular dance rhythms.

Conducting the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in these scores is another Kuusisto: Jaakko Kuusisto, who himself is an acclaimed violinist, as well as a conductor and composer in his own right.

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