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The Red Violin – Concertos by Corigliano & Kuusisto

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2020 SACD
Release date2013-07-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time77:04

”Supersonic Pizzicato” Pizzicato 4/11/2013

"…The orchestra is terrific throughout, revelling in the vivid colours of both concertos and in the opening work, Leika, with excellent, spacious recorded sound.” The Strad, 12/2013

”…phenomenally talented Elina Vähälä. And what a show she puts on here… Excellent performances and sound.” Gramophone 10/2014

John Corigliano's violin concerto 'The Red Violin' originated as the score to a film about a violin by one of the Old Italian master-builders, and its journeys around the world throughout three centuries. While working on the film score, Corigliano also produced a one-movement concert version of it, which he later expanded into a full-scale concerto in four movements. The son of a violinist, Corigliano’s aim was to write a concerto in a style his father would have wanted to play, and he has managed to do so without sacrificing any of the music's communicative qualities, or its wealth of colours, emotions and atmospheres.

The work is coupled here with a concerto of a similar broad appeal, composed by Jaakko Kuusisto, who is a highly respected violinist in his own right, as well as conductor. In his liner notes, Kuusisto recounts how he had toyed with the idea of writing a violin concerto for several years, but that the project only came into fruition after a commission from his colleague Elina Vähälä, and the liberating prospect of composing a work for another performer than himself.

Appearing for the first time on BIS, the acclaimed violinist Elina Vähäla has a wide-ranging career, both geographically and in terms of repertoire. She made her début at the age of twelve, performing as a soloist with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, which lends her spirited support on the present disc, and also performs the orchestral piece Leika. Using the Icelandic word for ‘play’ as its title, Kuusisto’s composition displays a playfulness and wealth of colours that makes it a perfect curtain raiser for this appealing disc.
Extra material for download
01 Leika for symphony orchestra, Op.24 (2010) 11:35 $ 2.82 USD
  Composer: Kuusisto, Jaakko
  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op.28 (2011–12) 30:35
02 I. Moderato – attacca – 14:52 $ 3.57 USD
03 II. Lento 08:51 $ 2.14 USD
04 III. Molto allegro 06:52 $ 1.71 USD
  Composer: Corigliano, John
  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, ‘The Red Violin’ (2003) 33:45
05 I. Chaconne 14:23 $ 3.47 USD
06 II. Pianissimo Scherzo 05:03 $ 1.22 USD
07 III. Andante Flautando 05:51 $ 1.41 USD
08 IV. Accelerando Finale 08:28 $ 2.15 USD
  Album total 77:04
ComposerCorigliano, John
Kuusisto, Jaakko
ConductorKuusisto, Jaakko
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
ViolinVähälä, Elina

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