J. Kuusisto: Symphony; Pictured Within

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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...

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.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: December 15, 2023


  • UPC: 7318590027479


  • Catalog Number: BIS-2747


  • Label: BIS


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Contemporary


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


  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins, Pekka Kuusisto


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra



Works:


  1. Pictured Within

    Composer: Anon., Dai Fujikura, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews, Iris ter Schiphorst, Brett Dean, Wim Henderickx, Richard Blackfird, Harrison Burtwistle, Judith Weir, Gavin Bryars, Kalevi Aho, Anthony Payne, John Pickard

    Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Martyn Brabbins


  2. Symphony, Op. 39

    Composer: Jaakko Kuusisto

    Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Pekka Kuusisto