Kuusisto: Glow - Kuusisto

Kuusisto: Glow - Kuusisto

BIS  BIS-2192

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber

Jaakko Kuusisto: Play III for string quartet, Op.21; Valo ('Light') for violin and piano, Op.23; Play II for violin, viola, cello and piano, Op.16; Loisto ('Glow')for violin and piano, Op.12; Jurmo for piano solo, Op.31

Jaakko Kuusisto (violin)
Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma (viola)
Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello)
Heini Kärkkäinen & Paavali Jumppanen (pianos)
Meta4 (string quartet)

Jaakko Kuusisto is one of Finland’s most versatile musicians, a quality demonstrated by his rich discography on BIS in which he appears as violinist (in chamber music, as soloist and as concertmaster), conductor, arranger and composer. In the latter capacity, he made his mark on disc in 2013, with the release of his violin concerto (on BIS-2020) – a work which received great acclaim in international media, including American Record Guide (‘Violin writing and orchestration are masterly’), (‘A concerto which lets the violin shine in the most appealing light’) and (‘An immediately attractive work that really should get performances all over the world’).

The present disc features different facets of his production in the field of chamber music, and at the same time of his professional activities: Loisto is a ballade composed for his own instrument, the violin; Play II and Play III offer opportunities for the spirited musicianship of his close performer colleagues; the rich display of timbre in Play II owes much to his experience as an orchestral arranger.

Throughout the programme, Kuusisto strikes a path of his own through the landscape of Western classical music, with occasional nods to some of his favourite composers, including Debussy, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Sibelius: moments which fuse divergent traditions. Joining Kuusisto himself on the disc are some of the finest instrumentalists of Finland, including the dedicatees of two of the recorded works: the Meta4 string quartet, who regularly perform Play III at concerts in Finland and abroad, and the pianist Paavali Jumppanen, who has also written the insightful liner notes.

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PCM recording

Recorded in February 2015 at the Järvenpää Hall, Järvenpää, Finland, 24/96

Producer and sound engineer: Ingo Petry (Take5 Music Production)

Piano technician: Matti Kyllönen

Recording equipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

Post-production: Editing and mixing: Ingo Petry

Executive producer: Robert Suff