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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.

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Olli Mustonen: Toccata 12:1   $
Toccata 12:01   $
Zita Bružaitė: Bangos for Solo Piano 4:52   $
Bangos 04:52   $
Aulis Sallinen: Introduction and Tango Overture 10:13   $
Introduction and Tango Overture, Op. 74b 10:13   $
Erkki-Sven Tüür: Dedication for Cello and Piano 7:28   $
Dedication 07:28   $
Kalevi Aho: Lamento for Two Violas 4:48   $
Lamento for 2 Violas 04:48   $
Pēteris Vasks: Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano 12:4   $
I. Breit, klangvoll 01:45   $
II. Nicht eilend 01:29   $
III. Energisch 01:22   $
IV. Traurig 03:05   $
V. Heiter 01:53   $
VI. Breit, klangvoll 02:30   $
Arvo Pärt: Für Alina 2:52   $
Fur Alina (For Alena) 02:52   $
Toivo Kärki: Täysikuu 3:11   $
Taysikuu (arr. R. McFall for chamber ensemble) 03:11   $
Jean Sibelius: Einsames Lied 2:34   $
II. Solitude (arr. R. McFall for chamber ensemble) 02:34   $
Unto Mononen: Satumaa 2:51   $
Satumaa (Dreamland) (arr. R. McFall for chamber ensemble) 02:51   $
Jean Sibelius: Theme from Finlandia 2:27   $
Finlandia, Op. 26 (arr. R. McFall for chamber ensemble) 02:27   $
 

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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’ 'Einsames Lied' seems to prefigure the ‘Baltic minimalism’ of Vasks, Pärt and Zita Bružaité, 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 lineup 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 Martínez (both of whom have recorded CDs 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.

Solitudes: Baltic Reflections

Category Chamber

Period Late 20th, Contemporary

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