The long and fruitful collaboration between Vocal Ensemble Rajaton and Lahti Symphony Orchestra, that has previously wielded highly succesful recordings and concert productions of music by superstar bands ABBA and Queen, has now resulted in the release of a new album featuring the entire "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" record by The Beatles. The album's music has been especially arranged by Jaakko Kuusisto, who also conducts the recording. The release also includes a new a cappella version of "Eleanor Rigby", arranged by Rajaton member Jussi Chydenius. The album was recorded in early 2015 and is released by Sony Music Entertainment Finland as CD, vinyl, and of course digitally through iTunes Music Store and Spotify.
The high-calibre production team includes orchestra recording producer Ingo Petry and sound engineer Thore Brinkmann (both courtesy of Take5 Music Production), vocal recording producer and engineer Ilkka Herkman, who also mixed the album, and producer Leri Leskinen.
Vocal ensemble Rajaton and violinists Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto teamed up earlier this year, touring Finland with their new joint concert program titled Kaksi astetta (Two degrees). On October 31st 2014, a live recording from the tour will be released, and the CD is already available for pre-orders (see link below).
All fifteen songs on the CD are new and composed by members of the performing group: Jussi Chydenius, Hannu Lepola, Essi Wuorela, and the Kuusistos. The lyrics were commissioned for this purpose from leading Finnish authors Paula Vesala, Juha Itkonen, Jarkko Martikainen and Paavo Westerberg.
Boundless Records teams up with Tactus Ltd in the release of this CD. A release concert is also in the works; it will happen on Sunday, November 16th at 6 pm at Sello Hall in Espoo. Tickets: www.lippu.fi
CD pre-orders: www.rajaton.net
Kalevi Aho Hall, Lahti Music Institute at 4.30pm
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin
Heini Kärkkäinen, piano
En glad musikant, for solo violin
3 pieces for violin and piano op. 116
Sonata for violin and piano F-duuri
5 Dances Champetres op. 106
Helsinki Conservatory, Ruoholahdentori 6
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor
Jukka Perko, saxophone
Fredrik Brandstorp Olsen, saxophone
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