Kuusi (The Spruce) by Jean Sibelius, arranged by Eriko Daimo
‘Kuusi’ (The Spruce) is the 5th and last of Jean Sibelius’ ‘Five Pieces for Piano’ , Op. 75, written in 1914. I have always held a strong connection to Finland and it’s people, having performed there many times, making wonderful friendships over the years. I find Finnish culture extremely close to that of the Japanese people.
When I was preparing for a concerto performance with the Tampere Philharmonic in 2016, I wanted to find an encore piece which would really connect with the local people. I decided to adapt ‘Kuusi’ since it is widely known by the Finnish people, akin to other masterworks by Sibelius such as ‘Finlandia’ and his ‘Violin Concerto’.
The composition is highly evocative and whenever I play this piece I imagine the crisp, clean air, the sound of snowfall and the spruce; standing strongly and beautifully across the backdrop of the snowy iconic Finnish landscape. -Eriko Daimo
Eriko Daimo’s debut CD
Passionate, sensitive, and technically perfect. These are the first of many words that describe Eriko Daimo’s music making. More importantly, what captures me the most is her natural and pure musicality. She has the ability to become one with the music and transcend the audience into a state of ecstasy. The world awaits Eriko’s debut album. -Kaoru Wada, composer
Performers: Eriko Daimo, Johan Bridger, Patrick Raab, Ronni kot Wenzell
Photography& Art works: Gian Andrea di Stefano
Recorded at Copenhagen Opera House
…expressive and virtuosic performance with a strong cultural connection and a vibrant artistic vision… -Percussive Arts Society, PAS magazine
Furusato-Hometown- by Teiichi Okano, arranged by Eriko Daimo
Homesickness and nostalgia are emotions that can affect everyone and that can inspire music that crosses cultural boundaries. This simple, yet moving, piece of music was arranged by marimba virtuoso Eriko Daimo to communicate this sense of longing…. A sample of the text communicates the emotion of the music: “I wonder how my parents are doing. I hope my friends are doing well. Whenever it rains or storms, I am reminded of my hometown.” Aside from a brief introduction, the entire work is scored in a rolled “chorale” style. Daimo makes effective use of idiomatic voicings and utilizes the range of the low-C instrument that “sings” the best in this style of writing. -Percussive Arts Society, Percussive notes
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, arranged by Eriko Daimo
….her encore solo, an arrangement of the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. Watching and hearing the four mallets play slow-moving, long-line, four-part harmony was extraordinary. No recording could capture that mesmerizing combination of sound and sight.
-The Irish Times
In this beautiful composition elegantly arranged for marimba, Eriko Daimo has skillfully retained the loveliness of this opera intermezzo in a solo work.
…Because of the beauty of the original intermezzo and the skillful care in the transcription, this new chorale for solo marimba is certain to be a popular addition to recitals and professional performances….
-Percussive Arts Society, Percussive notes
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