Einojuhani Rautavaara: Summer Thoughts - works for violin & piano (Ondine Audio CD)


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Perfect Pairing

Paavali Jumppanen, piano
Pekka Kuusisto, violin

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

The performers are two of the most fascinating talents from Finland who are know for a fresh approach: violinist Pekka Kuusisto ("the very embodiment of joyful music-making" - The Toronto Star), who has made numerous praised recordings for Ondine; and pianist Paavali Jumppanen ("immense power and an extraordinary range of colours" - The New York Times), who has recorded, for Deutsche Grammophon, Pierre Boulez's complete Piano Sonatas to oustanding press acclaim.

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 for the first time presents the original violin tunes, alternating with the respective movements from Rautavaara's piano suite.


Contents and Reviews

Lost Landscapes, for violin and piano (2005)
I. Tanglewood
II. Ascona
III. Rainergasse 11, Vienna
IV. West 23rd Street, NY

Summer Thoughts, for violin and piano (1972/2008)

April Lines, for violin and piano (1970/2006)

Notturno e danza, for violin and piano (1993)
I. Notturno
II. Danza

Variétude, for solo violin (1974)

Dithyrambos, for violin and piano (1970)

Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Suite for piano based on traditional Finnish polska tunes for the fiddle (1952)
Fiddle tune: Närböläisten braa speli
I. Närböläisten braa speli (Närbö Vilagers in Fine Fettle)
Fiddle tune: Kopsin Jonas
II. Kopsin Jonas (Konas of Kopsi)
Fiddle tune: Jacob Könni
III. Jacob Könni
Fiddle tune: Klockar Samuel Dikström
IV. Klockar Samuel Dikström (Bell-ringer Samuel Dikström
Fiddle tune: Pirun polska
V. Pirun polska (Devil's Polka)
Fiddle tune: Hypyt
VI. Hypyt (Village Hop)