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Composer: Mononen, Unto (1930-1968)

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Year of birth1930
Year of death1968
NationalityFinland
Period20th century
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A discovery of music from the Baltic

McFall's Chamber © Douglas Robertson
McFall's Chamber was full of surprises exploring 20th century music from the Baltic. The Finns' love affair with the Tango contrasted with passionate brooding Baltic landscapes – and there was a saw.
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Mr. McFall's Chamber play Baltic Music

Mr. McFall's Chamber
In Scotland, where the word 'Baltic' functions as a colloquial substitute for 'extremely cold', it's odd to come across a programme on this theme in August. Fans of the ensemble Mr. McFall's Chamber delight in such idiosyncrasies and would not be thrown to find an embrace of tangos at the programme's heart. That there were Finnish tangos might be a surprise.
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Fantastic Finnish tango by Kuusisto and Rantala at Robeco Zomerconcerten

Pekka Kuusisto  ©  Sonja Werner
“Finnish tango” are two words that you might not expect to see together, yet here we were on a Monday night in the Concertgebouw, listening to exactly that. Violinist Pekka Kuusisto was joined by Iiro Rantala in the third concert of his Robeco Zomerconcerten residency and together they delivered a high-energy performance that found itself somewhere in between jazz, tango and classical music.
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