WORKS: Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March; Sunrise Serenade; Chamber Music I, II & III
PERFORMER: Mats Rondin (cello), Hanna Juutilainen (alto flute); Finnish CO/Okko Kamu
CATALOGUE NO: 8.553747
Grouped conveniently on one CD, Sallinen’s complete works for string orchestra (so far) stand as a portrait of the composer’s eclecticism. The sources of his inspiration range from folk music – Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March is a set of variations based on an old fiddle tune – to dance numbers; in the Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote (‘an ageing composer’s farewell to youth’) Sallinen recollects his days of playing dance music in restaurants. The Funeral March was originally conceived as his String Quartet No. 3 and it does lose some of its intensity in the orchestration (the Jean Sibelius Quartet gives a full-blooded account on Ondine).