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Solitudes: Baltic Reflections

Part / Mr Mcfall's Chamber
Release Date: 10/30/2015 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Olli MustonenZita BruzaiteAulis SallinenErkki-Sven Tüür,   ... 
Performer:  Maria MartinovaSu-a LeeCyril GaracRobert McFall,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial 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’ 'Einsames Lied' seems to prefigure the ‘Baltic minimalism’ of Vasks, Pärt and Zita Bružaité, while Olli Mustonen’s 'Toccata' Read more 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.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata, for piano, string quartet & double bass by Olli Mustonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Modern 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Bangos, for piano by Zita Bruzaite
Performer:  Maria Martinova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Introduction and Tango Overture, for piano & string orchestra, Op. 74b by Aulis Sallinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1997; Finland 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Dedication by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Performer:  Su-a Lee (Cello), Maria Martinova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Written: 1990 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
A Little Summer Music, for violin & piano by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Cyril Garac (Violin), Maria Martinova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 11 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Für Alina by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Maria Martinova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Estonia 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Belshazzar's Feast: Einsames Lied (Solitude) by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Su-a Lee (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1906-1907; Finland 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Satumaa (Fairy Tale Island), song by Unto Mononen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: no 12, Finlandia Hymn by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
Lamento, for 2 violins (or violas) by Kalevi Aho
Performer:  Robert McFall (Viola), Brian Schiele (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11.
T?ysikuu (Full Moon), tango song by Toivo Karki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
Period: Modern 
Venue:  St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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