Baltic Reflections

PĒTERIS VASKS (b.1946): Little Summer Music for Violin and Piano, ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR (b.1959): Dedication for Cello and Piano, KALEVI AHO (b.1949): Lamento for 2 Violas, ZITA BRUŽAITE (b.1966): Bangos for Piano, ARVO PÁRT (b.1935): Für Alina for Piano, For String Quartet, Double Bass and Piano: OLLI MUSTONEN (b.1967): Toccata, AULIS SALLINEN (b.1935): Introduction and Tango Overture, TOIVO KÄRKI (1915-1992): Täysikuu, UNTO MONONEN (1930-1968): Satumaa, JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957): Solitude, Finlandia.

Catalogue Number: 12R048

Label: Delphian

Reference: DCD 34156

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This is a most attractive and approachable recital of considerable variety and real substance. A third of the disc belongs to Mustonen and Sallinen. Mustonen's Toccata alternates brisk neo-baroque (with allusions to Bach and Vivaldi) motoric sections, featuring post-minimalist repetitive processes, that conform to the work's title with meditative, very Sibelian material. Sallinen begins with a serious introduction, dramatic, dour and stony, which is abruptly subverted by a toe-tapping specimen of the slightly abrasive Finnish take on the tango, at once infectious and emotionally ambiguous. Two 'authentic' Finnish tangos (in arrangements by McFall, also responsible for the unusual Sibelius transcriptions) - cooler than their hot-blooded Argentinean antecedents but no less appealing - are included for good measure. Bružaite's 'Waves' is a flowing, post-minimalist work in romantic harmonies, and the Pärt a brief example of his spare, tintinnabulary minimalism. The Tüür and Aho are in memoriam pieces, the one in a most original style, alternating vehement protest with lyrical lament, the other delicately elegiac, while the Vasks is nostalgic and heavily folk-influenced, atmospheric and full of longing. Mr McFall’s Chamber.

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