ERKKI SALMENHAARA (1941-2002): Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, 3 Scènes de Nuit for Violin and Piano, Cello Sonata No. 2.
Catalogue Number: 05M077
Label: FC Records
Description: Like Nordgren below, Salmenhaara was a student of Kokkonen and his early works often used serial techniques but by the time of his first cello sonata (1969) and the Scènes of the following year, he had returned to 20th century tonal traditions and, in the two other sonatas here which both date from 1982 - in which themes are not developed but which lead to new themes, often underlaid by a repetetive accompaniment which can also shift back to the solo instrument - he is rather close to what used to be called "the New Simplicity". Thus, everything here is tonal and approachable if from two different ways of approachin]g the romantic tradition. Raymond Cox (violin), Laura Bucht (cello), Jouni Somero (piano).