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Corigliano * J Kuusisto: Corigliano Violin Concerto, 'The Red Violin'

Magazine article Gramophone

Corigliano * J Kuusisto: Corigliano Violin Concerto, 'The Red Violin'

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Corigliano * J Kuusisto

Corigliano Violin Concerto, The Red Violin' (a)

J Kuusisto Violin Concerto, Op 28 (a). Leika, Op 24

(a) Elina Vahala vn

Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Jaakko Kuusisto

BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2020 (77' * DDD/DSD)

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Lahti's own violinist in Finnish and American concertos

Jaakko Kuusisto may be one of his generation's leading violin virtuosos but he features here as composer and conductor, leaving the pyrotechnics to the phenomenally talented Elina Vahala (aka Mrs Ralf Gothoni). And what a show she puts on here, in two full-blooded 21st-century concertos of Romantic, or at least conventional, idiom, rich in melody, orchestral texture and expressive purpose.

Corigliano's Concerto will be familiar to many, having been both assembled from the music to Girard's film The Red Violin in 1997 and in part the progenitor to it. Corigliano pre-composed the opening Chaconne as an independent work so that the actors had a piece they could mime to in the film, but in 2003 added three further movements, including a magical Pianissimo Scherzo, to make a full-size concerto that his namesake father-former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic-would have liked to play. …

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