Rautavaara: Works for Violin and Piano

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Rautavaara: Works for Violin and Piano



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27th June 2011




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Rautavaara: Works for Violin and Piano


Lost Landscapes

World Première Recording

Summer Thoughts

World Première Recording

April Lines

World Première Recording

Notturno e Danza

Variétude, for solo violin


World Première Recording

Pelimannit, Op. 1

Pekka Kuusisto (violin) & Paavali Jumppanen (piano)


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This new recording features the complete works for violin and piano by iconic Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautaavara (b. 1928), including world premières.

The performers are two of the most fascinating talents from Finland who are know for a fresh approach: violinist Pekka Kuusisto (“may be the best thing to happen to classical music in years” – The Guardian) and pianist Paavali Jumppanen (“immense power and an extraordinary range of colours” – The New York Times), who, for Deutsche Grammophon, made acclaimed recordings of Pierre Boulez’s Complete Piano Sonatas.

This CD also includes Rautavaara's opus 1, the piano suite Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), which is based on traditional polska tunes for the fiddle. Following Pekka Kuusisto's concept, this recording presents the original violin tunes, alternating with the respective movements from Rautavaara's piano suite.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Lost Landscapes

I. Tanglewood

II. Ascona

III. Rainergasse 11, Vienna

IV. West 23rd Street, NY

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Summer Thoughts

Summer Thoughts

Einojuhani Rautavaara: April Lines

April Lines

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Notturno e Danza



Einojuhani Rautavaara: Varietude


Einojuhani Rautavaara: Dithyrambos (version for violin and piano)

Dithyrambos (version for violin and piano)

Traditional: Narbolaisten braa speli

Narbolaisten braa speli

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op. 1

I. Narbolaisten Braa Speli

Traditional: Kopsin Jonas

Kopsin Jonas

Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op. 1

II. Kopsin Jonas

Traditional: Jacob Konni

Jacob Konni

Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op. 1

III. Jacob Konni

Traditional: Klockar Samuel Dikstrom

Klockar Samuel Dikstrom

Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op. 1

IV. Klockar Samuel Dikstrom

Traditional: Pirun polska

Pirun polska

Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op. 1

V. Pirun Polska

Traditional: Hypyt


Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op. 1

VI. Hypyt

BBC Music Magazine

September 2011


“That [Dithyrambos] should have such an effect is partly a tribute to the spirited musicianship of Pekka Kuusisto and Paavali Jumppanen. If Kuusisto ultimately emerges as the star, that's partly because the piano writing in the more recent pieces gives him a lot less scope than Dithyrambos or Pelimannit. But in those earlier scores he's splendidly alert and expressive.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2011

“Kuusisto and Jumppanen are persuasive executants - Rautavaara's challenging technical demands are thrown off with elan...Where the performers are at their best is in The Fiddlers, Rautavaara's vivacious folk-music piano suite (1952), delivered in lively and fully competitive fashion”

The Telegraph

14th July 2011


“Nostalgia envelops “Lost Landscapes” (2005), in which Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara reflects on places of significance to him. Reminiscences of New York trigger hustle and bustle, and listeners accustomed to his mystical vistas will find many other facets to his creative output in this superbly played selection of his violin and piano works.”

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