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'Solitudes'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Solitudes'

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'Solitudes' 'Baltic Reflections'

Aho Lamento Bruzaite Bangos Karki Taysikuu Mononen Satumaa Mustonen Toccata Part Fur Alina Sallinen Introduction and Tango Overture Sibelius Einsames Lied. Finlandia Hymn Tuur Dedication Vasks Little Summer Music Mr McFall's Chamber Delphian (F) DCD34156 (65' * DDD)

Not just another mood disc hung off Baltic longing, tragedy and melancholy, but one whose view of the Baltic encompasses Finland--a kindred spirit to Latvia, Luthiania and Estonia in its orthodox-tinged melancholy but also a country rather obsessed with tango. 'Nobody quite knows when tango was established in Finland,' says the blurb. When you hear Toivo Karki's Taysikuu spring out of the desolation that is Arvo Part's Fur Alina (wondrously played by Maria Martmova), you get a vivid picture of an oppressed people glimpsing the light relief of the Argentinian dance form that they went on to make their own (though with all minor keys, naturally).

At the centre of the disc is Peteris Vasks's fragile Little Summer Music, six short movements in which the joy of sunshine is hesitant, veiled--a summer whose revelry dare not speak its name (it was written while Latvia, that country of outdoor summer song, was still under Soviet occupation). That's preceded by Kalevi Aho's intricately weaved Lamento for two violas, Erkki-Sven Tuur's brittle Dedication for cello and piano, Aulis Sallinen's rhapsodic Introduction and Tango Overture and Zita Bruzaite's haunting Bangos for solo piano, its repetition of one-bar units creating an unmistakably Baltic sound. …

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