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J Kuusisto - Symphony, op.39 + Pictured Within | BIS BIS2747

J Kuusisto - Symphony, op.39 + Pictured Within

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2747

Barcode: 7318590027479

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th December 2023

Contents

Artists

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Martyn Brabbins
Pekka Kuusisto

Works

Kuusisto, Jaakko

Symphony, op.39

Multiple composers

Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for MCB

Artists

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Martyn Brabbins
Pekka Kuusisto

About

This disc is a double tribute. The first work, Pictured Within, is a collective effort conceived as a major project to mark the 60th birthday of conductor Martyn Brabbins, whose reputation in new music and British music is beyond reproach. Following the pattern of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Pictured Within is a series of 14 variations on a theme, each of which takes up the character of the equivalent variation in Elgar’s work, the difference being that here 14 different composers* have each contributed a variation in tribute to Brabbins.

Also on the SACD is Jaakko Kuusisto’s Symphony, a fitting tribute to the composer, conductor and violinist who passed away in 2022. Illness left Jaakko no time to complete his work, so it fell to his brother Pekka – who conducts here – and Jari Eskola to finish it. The result is a powerful piece, full of familiar themes and melodies derived from Jaakko’s existing compositions, to which are added autobiographical extra-musical elements. The moving conclusion is a collage of fragmented phrases inspired by the signals emitted by lighthouses and ships, as if Kuusisto’s spirit had been sent out to sea.

* Dai Fujikura, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews, Iris ter Schiphorst, Brett Dean, Wim Henderickx, Richard Blackford, Harrison Birtwistle, Judith Weir, Gavin Bryars, Kalevi Aho, Anthony Payne and John Pickard

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