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Einojuhani Rautavaara: Symphony No. 8, "The Journey" - Violin Concerto

Jaakko Kuusisto, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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Violin Concerto  
I. Tranquillo
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Jaakko Kuusisto; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
II. Energico
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Jaakko Kuusisto; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Symphony No. 8, "The Journey"  
I. Adagio assai - Andante assai
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
II. Feroce -
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
III. Tranquillo
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
IV. Con grandezza - Sciolto - Tempo primo
Einojuhani Rautavaara; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    55:30
"... (the violin concerto is a) cogent and striking piece, with a convincing dramatic relationship between the soloist (the fabulously assured Jaako Kuusisto) and the orchestra ..."
- The Guardian

"Jaakko Kuusisto's solo work in the lovely Violin Concerto, surely one of the great 20th century works in this genre, easily matches that of dedicatee Elmar Oliveira ... superb sonics add the finishing touch to this excellent release."
- ClassicsToday.com

Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to great Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara with this 2004 release featuring the Symphony No. 8 paired with his earlier violin concerto, written in the late 1970s. The concerto's exuberant ending was inspired by the fact that it was composed in New York, whose skyscrapers with their thousands of windows had lights flickering on and off incessantly through the day and night.

"When I heard Fifth Avenue’s constantly changing, unending current of sound, I knew that the violin solo had to live its last moments passionately, persistently piercing the orchestral texture right to the end."
- Einojuhani Rautavaara
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