” This bold, demanding, and brilliantly executed program consists of works by three contrasting composers, presented on three contrasting, significant instruments, all located in Finland’s capital. … Thoughout the program, she demontrates a technique abounding in virtuosic flair, enabling her to achive eminently musical performances that enjoy a fine balance between rhythmic control and freedom. Here are superb playing, three excellent instruments, and rewarding music, familiar and new, providing, that organ culture is alive and well in Finland.” THE AMERICAN ORGANIST 11/2009; Review on the CD Susanne Kujala ”Organ Tripychon” (The whole review below)

” The Sonata is a curious choice to complete this program, but it turns out to be the most adventurous and satifying work on the dics.” FANFARE January/February 2013; Review on the CD Kalevi Aho Chamber Works

”...and the Kujala duo shines in the Sonata, delivering it with breath-taking virtuosity and nuance.” AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE January/February 2013; Review on the CD Kalevi Aho Chamber Works

”Kujalan soitto henkii suurta varmuutta ja luottamusta. Ote on varma mutta täynnä taiteellista herkkyyttä. Tulkinnat ovat punnittuja ja hienostuneita. Kujala onnistuu myös tuomaan sävellyksiin säkenöivää säihkettä ja voimaa upeine ja monipuolisine rekisteröinteineen.” Jan Mikael Vainio Aksentti-lehdessä

”Susanne Kujala ja Jousia Ensemblen horror-tehosteiden potkimalla svengillä ei ollut rajaa.” Jukka Isopuron arvostelu Veli Kujalan konserton CybOrgan kantaesityksestä.  ”Vuoden antoisin konsertti oli tieteen ja musiikin hybridi” HS 23.10.2012

 

” This bold, demanding, and brilliantly executed program consists of works by three contrasting composers, presented on three contrasting, significant instruments, all located in Finland’s capital. Two of the great romantic essays on the B-A-C-H theme, those of Liszt and Reger, are performed on the stately, strong, successfully restored 1891 Walcker instrument at St. John’s Church, demonstrating its remarkable dynamic range. Karl Straube’s transcription of Lizst’s piano work ”Angelus! Prière aux anges gardiens” from Années de pèlerinage: troisième année is also performed on the Walcker, further highlighting its intimate colors. The performer’s husband, Veli Kujala, contributes two compelling works. Triptychos, played on he Marcussen in the cathedral, consists of the rhapsodic ”Vision,” the plaintive ”Shere,” and the elfin, rhythmically driven ”Echoes.” Azul, performed on the Åkerman & Lund of Kallio Church at the composer’s request, begins in a ruminative manner, with an incessant building of intensity and volume; the fiendish score is technically challenging. Kujala employs a mildly dissonant harmonic language in his music, which is inventive and intense. Susanne Kujala concludes her program on the Marcussen with her own transcription of Liszt’s Gnomenreigen. Deft fingers and clear registers result in a scintillating rendition that is surprisingly idiomatic. Thoughout the program, she demontrates a technique abounding in virtuosic flair, enabling her to achive eminently musical performances that enjoy a fine balance between rhythmic control and freedom. Here are superb playing, three excellent instruments, and rewarding music, familiar and new, providing, that organ culture is alive and well in Finland.” THE AMERICAN ORGANIST 11/2009; Review on the CD Susanne Kujala ”Organ Tripychon”