Solitudes: CD Launch and Concerts

September 23, 2015 in by mwhiteside

Event Details

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£14, £12 (conc), £5 (u18)

Venue phone: 0131 668 2019



Join Mr McFall’s Chamber in The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh for a very special, unforgettable performance, to launch McFall’s latest recording Solitudes, and celebrate McFall’s 20 year anniversary season.


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The Programme:


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.

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.


Olli Mustonen, Toccata

Zita Bružaitė, Bangos for solo piano

Aulis Sallinen, Introduction and Tango Overture

Erkki-Sven Tüür, Dedication for cello and piano

Kalevi Aho, Lamento for two violas

Pēteris Vasks, Little Summer Music for violin and piano

Arvo Pärt, Für Alina for solo piano

Toivo Kärki, Täysikuu

Jean Sibelius, Einsames Lied (Solitude)

Unto Mononen, Satumaa

Jean Sibelius, Theme from Finlandia