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
Jaakko Kuusisto's Violin Concerto is now available in a version with piano accompaniment. The reduction from the original orchestral score was written by pianist Joonas Pohjonen, and it is suitable for both study and performance use. Available for sale from Jaakko's publisher Tactus Ltd, including separate solo violin part; for price and orders contact email@example.com.
Sibelius Hall, Lahti at 7 pm
Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor
Lauri Porra, electric bass
Wagner: Prelude and Love Death, from Tristan and Isolde
Porra: Entropia (first performance)
Schönberg: Chamber symphony nr 1
Oulu Church at 5 pm
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor and violin
Kõrvits: Thule eleegiad
Sibelius: Suite champetre op. 98b
Arenski: Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
Heath: The Celtic, for violin and strings
Bartók: Divertimento for strings