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Sebastian Fagerlund – Darkness in Light

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2093 SACD
Release date2015-02-01
Orig. sample rate48000Hz
Total time56:56

Supersonic, Pizzicato: “Pekka Kuusisto spielt atemberaubend virtuos und sensuell zugleich, und Hannu Lintu schafft mit dem Finnischen Radioorchester eine prachtvolle Klangkulisse für den Solisten. … Mit- und hinreißend!”

The style in which the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund composes might be described as ‘magic realism’, combining elements of surrealism with factual narrative. Drawing upon the symphony orchestra’s full spectrum of colours, the music reflects not only the traditions of impressionism, modernism and post-minimalism but also reveals the composer’s acute ear for other genres, from cool jazz to ambient music. An earlier recording of orchestral works by Fagerlund was described by the enthusiastic reveiwer in BBC Music Magazine as displaying 'boundless technical resource at the service of a considerable imagination'. These qualities, and his receptivity towards different musical traditions Fagerlund shares with Pekka Kuusisto, to whom the violin concerto Darkness in Light is dedicated. The title of the work is a subtle reference to a quote from author Haruki Murakami’s novella Firefly: ‘Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it’, and illustrates how the music transcends distinctions: darkness and light, tonality and atonality, orchestra and soloist, destruction and renewal – there cannot be one without the other. The disc closes with the orchestral work Ignite, composed for the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which performs it here, under its chief conductor Hannu Lintu. The work takes its name from the constant collision of ideas that ‘ignites’ new energy, but in terms of form the inspiration has been the spiral, a shape found in DNA and mussel shells as well as in whirlwinds and the structure of galaxies. With a duration of 30 minutes, the work is organized in four movements separated by brief interludes – all of which are played without interruption.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Fagerlund, Sebastian
  Violin Concerto ‘Darkness in Light’ (2012) 26:38
01 I. Energico – 12:49 $ 2.69 USD
02 II. Lento intenso – 08:34 $ 1.80 USD
03 III. Bruscamente 05:15 $ 1.10 USD
  Ignite for orchestra (2010) 29:31
04 I. Presto, furioso – 04:09 $ 0.87 USD
05 Interlude I. Espressivo – 00:50 $ 0.18 USD
06 II. Energico, molto ritmico – 07:00 $ 1.47 USD
07 Interlude II. Espressivo – 01:05 $ 0.23 USD
08 III. Lento misterioso, molto calmo – 11:38 $ 2.44 USD
09 Interlude III. Intenso – 00:36 $ 0.13 USD
10 IV. Esaltato 04:13 $ 0.89 USD
  Album total 56:56
ComposerFagerlund, Sebastian
ConductorLintu, Hannu
OrchestraFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
ViolinKuusisto, Pekka

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