Music from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - hauntingly atmospheric and, by turns, passionate and reflective. The programme includes two popular Finnish tango numbers as well as Aulis Sallinen’s Introduction and Tango Overture, celebrating the popular dance band music. In a performance which shows how evocative and communicative the piano sextet can be, the beautiful and the characterful are combined with the Mr McFall’s Chamber trademark intimacy and gentle humour.
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The disc unites two areas of repertoire which Mr McFall’s Chamber have often combined in performance – Valentina Montoya Martínez’s songs of life as a Chilean exile, and the music of the tango nuevo, including songs and instrumentals from Ástor Piazzolla’s ‘operita’ María de Buenos Aires.
In April 2011, we recorded The Okavango Macbeth: a new opera based on the Macbeth story by writer Alexander McCall Smith and composer Tom Cunningham, arranged by Robert McFall. The live performances received a 5-star review in The Scotsman.
Our gigs with Michael Marra were described by The Scotsman as a ‘spellbinding... tour de force’. We recorded all of the shows in May 2010 and have chosen the best bits for our exclusive live album.
Martyn Bennett was one of Scotland’s most innovative musicians, combining the traditional and modern, the local and international. Robert McFall has put together a programme of his own sympathetic arrangements of Martyn’s music alongside original works by Fraser Fifield.
This CD contains music by Kathryn Tickell, Agustín Fernandez and Tim Garland, to name but a few. This is a really unusual coming-together of composers from different backgrounds and contains some stunning music.
This, our first release on Delphian Records, is a recording of a piece which we commissioned from Gavin Bryars in 2007, "The Church Closest to the Sea", alongside two other recent works.
Upstart Jugglers, released in 2001 at the same time as Revolucionario, was the catch-all CD to include everything else that wasn't tango.
Revolucionario represents the tango - or, to be more precise, the South American - aspect of our programmes. It features vocalist Valentina Montoya Martinez, a Chilean singer who performed regularly at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh.
Released by Robert Fripp in 1999 on his DGM (Discipline Global Mobile) label. It was produced by percussionist Rick Bamford and recorded both in his front room and in Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh.
Epilogue from Wonderlawn
Eight Irish Madrigals - He wishes he might die and follow Laura
Eight Irish Madrigals - He considers that he should set little store on earthly beauty
The Church Closest to the Sea