TAUNO MARTTINEN (1912-2008): Violin Concerto, Op. 13, Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23, Phantasy for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 154 (Marko Ylönen [cello], Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Hannu Lintu).
Catalogue Number: 05P009
Label: Cobra Records
Description: A student of Selim Palmgren who later turned to Vladimir Vogel when he decided to try dodecaphony, Marttinen later returned to a free version of tonality. His violin concerto came out on BIS more than 20 years ago but the other two works are first recordings. Even more so than, say Benjamin Frankel, our previous comparandum for "tonal atonality", Marttinen seems to often arrange his tone rows tonally and their emotional impact is as great as one could want. The violin concerto (1962) is twelve-tone but also mystical, embued with dramatic tension and a rhapsodic quality seemingly at odds with the technique of composition whereas two years later Marttinen ingeniously used a Finnish folk song as a source for his tone-row chords, which makes the work sound quite tonal and often melodic. The later (1964-78) Phantasy does away with dodecaphony as such, using a single short motif as a basis for its three short movements. Philippe Graffin (violin), Ralph van Raat (piano), Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Ari Rasilainen.