JUKKA TIENSUU (b.1948): Musica Ambigua for Viola da Gamba, Recorder/Flute, Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, EERO HÄMEENNIEMI (b.1951): Valkalam for 2 Violas da Gamba and Harpsichord, Fantazia in G for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, HARRI VUORI (b.1957): From Day to Dream for Tenor and Viola da Gamba, LOTTA WENNÄKOSKI (b.1970): Procris for Soprano and Viola da Gamba.

Catalogue Number: 09L111

Label: Alba

Reference: ABCD 259

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

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Description: Wennäkoski's and Vuori's approach to combining voice with the gentle (as compared to modern string instruments) sound of the viol provides an interesting contrast. Wennäkoski floats a high soprano over an expressive instrumental line in three melancholy, introspective poems of Tua Forsström. Vuori blends tenor voice and dark-textured viol, making considerable technical demands on both, in minor-mode-inflected counterpoint, setting four Shakespeare sonnets of rather gloomy demeanour. The two pieces by Hämeenniemi bring together the rich sonorities of two viols and harpsichord in music that, though decidedly modern, seems to refract gestures of a bygone age, the second specifically referencing (though not quoting) Purcell. Tiensuu's Musica ambigua is a suite, modeled after the outline of the French baroque suite, with movements of extremely contrasting character and texture. The material, with the composer's trademark bending of pitches and dense, glittering textures, is entirely Tiensuu's own, however, with occasional suggestions of conventional melodic or bass lines concealed in his unique ensemble textures. Swedish-English texts. Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (viola da gamba), Pita Komsi (soprano), Heikki Kulo (tenor), Jukka Tiensuu (harpsichord), Kreeta-Maria Kentala (baroque violin), Petra Aminoff (recorders, flute), Aapo Häkkinen (harpsichord - Valkalam and Fantazia), Varpu Haavisto (second viola da gamba - Valkalam).

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