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Kromos - 21st-Century Guitar Music

Composer Kalevi Aho
Timo Alakotila
Tan Dun
Sebastian Fagerlund
Olli Mustonen
Jukka Tiensuu
Performer Ismo Eskelinen
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2395 SACD
EAN 7318599923956
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2020
Total time 60'42

For his new recital disc, the acclaimed Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen had the aim of creating a programme that works like a story: ‘a modern guitar disc that lends itself to continuous listening from beginning to end’. The pieces that he has selected are united by the fact that, with the exception of Tan Dun, Eskelinen has collaborated closely with all the composers. In the liner notes to the disc he expresses his admiration for &&&how intuitively they all understood the essence of the guitar, even though none of them is a guitarist. ‘Everyone has found a unique way to bring his own musical style to the guitar, and each of the composers is clearly recognizable.’

Opening the disc are Kromos by Sebastian Fagerlund and Solo XI by Kalevi Aho, two pieces that in technical terms come close to the limits of what is possible on the guitar, but with a completely convincing musical logic. Olli Mustonen’s Sonata No. 2 contains drama but also lyricism, qualities which are emphasized in Tan Dun’s multi-movement collage Seven Desires with inspiration from the different traditions and characteristics of Spain’s flamenco guitar and China’s pipa (lute). Jukka Tiensuu is among the pioneers of modern Finnish guitar music and wrote his first work for the instrument as early as 1974. His Daydreams from 2016 is composed for guitar and electronics, but the sound world is strongly guitaristic, as the electronic part is modified from fragments played by Eskelinen on the guitar. Sometimes the use of electronics produces echo effects alongside the live guitar, and sometimes the sound image expands into that of a guitar trio. The very brief closing number is an arrangement, by Eskelinen himself, of Timo Alakotila’s calm and soothing Psalm.
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  Sebastian Fagerlund
  Kromos for solo guitar
01 Moderato espressivo - Meno mosso misterioso - Presto 8'52
  Kalevi Aho
  Solo XI for guitar 10'52
02 c. 92 (molto rubato) 5'28
03 c. 100, dolce 5'24
  Olli Mustonen
  Sonata No. 2 for guitar 10'31
04 I. Drammatico, con rubato 3'17
05 II. Misterioso, con rubato 4'24
06 III. Con fuoco 2'50
  Tan Dun
  Seven Desires for guitar 12'04
07 1. Senza misura - Dolce molto 1'46
08 2. Andante 0'52
09 3. Adagio - Senza misura 2'43
10 4. Rubato 1'37
11 5. Poco rubato 1'32
12 6. Dolce rubato 1'33
13 7. Allegro vivace - Dolce molto 2'01
  Jukka Tiensuu
  Daydreams for guitar and electronics 14'45
14 Passionately - 1'36
15 Nostalgically - 3'11
16 Longing - 2'29
17 Whimsically - 1'07
18 Gallantly - 0'36
19 Excitedly - 2'17
20 Subito poco al poco rallentando - Enigmatically - 1'54
21 Kindly 1'35
  Timo Alakotila
22 Psalm 1'46
  Album total 60'42
ComposerAho, Kalevi
Alakotila, Timo
Dun, Tan
Fagerlund, Sebastian
Mustonen, Olli
Tiensuu, Jukka
GuitarEskelinen, Ismo
ArrangerEskelinen, Ismo

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