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Solitudes: Baltic Reflections - works by Arvo Part, Aulis Sallinen, Peteris Vasks, Unto Mononen, Toivo Karki, Zita Bruzaite, Jean Sibelius, Kalevi Aho, Erkki-Sven Tuur

Audio Samples

  1. Solitudes — Toccata
  2. Solitudes — Bangos for Solo Piano $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Solitudes — Introduction and Tango Overture
  4. Solitudes — Dedication for Cello and Piano $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Solitudes — Lamento for Two Violas $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Solitudes — Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano: I. Broad, Resonant $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Solitudes — Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano: II. Unhurried $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Solitudes — Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano: III. Energetic $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Solitudes — Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano: IV. Sad $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Solitudes — Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano: V. Joyful $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Solitudes — Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano: VI. Broad, Resonant $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Solitudes — Für Alina $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Solitudes — Täysikuu $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Solitudes — Einsames Lied $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Solitudes — Satumaa $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Solitudes — Theme from Finlandia $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Solitudes — Toccata
  18. Solitudes — Bangos $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Solitudes — Introduction & Tango Overture, Op. 74b
  20. Solitudes — Dedication $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Solitudes — Lamento for 2 Violas $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Solitudes — Little Summer Music: I. Broad, Resonant $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Solitudes — Little Summer Music: II. Unhurried $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Solitudes — Little Summer Music: III. Energetic $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Solitudes — Little Summer Music: IV. Sad $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Solitudes — Little Summer Music: V. Joyful $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Solitudes — Little Summer Music: VI. Broad, Resonant $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Solitudes — Für Alina $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Solitudes — Täysikuu (Arr. R. McFall) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Solitudes — Satumaa (Arr. R. McFall) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Solitudes — Finlandia, Op. 26 (Arr. R. McFall) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mustonen, Olli : Toccata, for piano, string quartet & double bass
>Bruzaite, Zita : Bangos, for piano
>Sallinen, Aulis : Introduction and Tango Overture, for piano & string orchestra, Op. 74b
>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Dedication, for cello & piano
>Aho, Kalevi : Lamento, for 2 violins (or violas)
>Vasks, Peteris : A Little Summer Music, for violin & piano
>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for piano
>Karki, Toivo : T?ysikuu (Full Moon), tango song
>Sibelius, Jean : Belshazzar's Feast
>Mononen, Unto : Satumaa (Fairy Tale Island), song
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

No one knows quite when tango was established in Finland, but the style has a long history there - still little known to outsiders - and combines rhythmic interest and yearning melody with a distinctively Nordic melancholy. In this ingeniously curated programme, two Finnish tangos from the 1950s and a tango-based work by Finnish classical composer Aulis Sallinen are woven into a bold tapestry of music from the Eastern Baltic seaboard. Longing, sadness, and a heightened sense of nature infuse all of these works, which also reveal intriguing stylistic connections: the rocking accompaniment of Sibelius's Einsames Lied seems to prefigure the 'Baltic minimalism' of Vasks, Prt and Zita Bruaite, while Olli Mustonen's Toccata alternates rhythmic verve with a rich vein of reflective memory. These original compositions are complemented by Robert McFall's own sensitive arrangements for a core McFall's line- up of five strings and piano, and the programme culminates in a truly unique version of Sibelius's famous Finlandia Hymn. Mr McFall's Chamber has collaborated with a number of singer/songwriters, including Michael Marra and Valentina Montoya Martnez (both of whom have recorded for Delphian with the group). It is also dedicated to commissioning new work from both well-known and unknown composers, and has premiered and toured pieces by James MacMillan, Gavin Bryars, Eddie McGuire, Kenneth Dempster, Cecilia MacDowall, Chick Lyall, Phil Bancroft, Fraser Fifield, Tim Garland and many more. Two McFall's commissions, Martin Suckling's What shall I give? and Martin Kershaw's Closing In, were both shortlisted as finalists for the 2011 BASCA British Composer Awards.

The Arts Desk
All smartly performed, with pianist Maria Martinova deserving special praise. Warmly recorded too.

Classical Music
An imaginatively chosen, beautifully recorded programme starting and finishing in Finland Performances do full justice to the project in a disc that is well worth exploring.

Classical Music, September 2015
An imaginatively chosen, beautifully recorded programme starting and finishing in Finland ... Performances do full justice to the project in a disc that is well worth exploring.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Full marks for originailty of concept and for execution, which has all this ensemble's trademark style and communicative nous, and for a fascinating booklet-note by Ivan Moody.ode12732.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014).



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Works Details

>Mustonen, Olli : Toccata, for piano, string quartet & double bass
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Bruzaite, Zita : Bangos, for piano
  • Performer: Maria Martinova (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Sallinen, Aulis : Introduction and Tango Overture, for piano & string orchestra, Op. 74b
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1997

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Dedication, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Su-a Lee (Cello); Maria Martinova (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Aho, Kalevi : Lamento, for 2 violins (or violas)
  • Performers: Robert McFall (Viola); Brian Schiele (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Vasks, Peteris : A Little Summer Music, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Cyril Garac (Violin); Maria Martinova (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for piano
  • Performer: Maria Martinova (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Karki, Toivo : T?ysikuu (Full Moon), tango song
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Sibelius, Jean : Belshazzar's Feast :: Einsames Lied (Solitude)
  • Performer: Su-a Lee (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Mononen, Unto : Satumaa (Fairy Tale Island), song
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12
  • Ensemble: Mr. McFall's Chamber
  • Notes: St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk (12/08/2014-12/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1938