outstanding performer has named his CD most aptly! This repertoire
requires the utmost musicianship, technical dexterity and bellows
control in every single selection. Mikko Luomo certainly has all
the necessary attributes of a fine artist in the performances exhibited
throughout each and every piece. He also has a tremendous educational
and experiential background to back up his performances. In other
words, he is more than qualified as a true musical artist.|
notes accompanying the CD are quite lengthy and very helpful in
speaking of both the compositions and the composer. They would serve
anyone well in studying the repertoire or researching more information.
I only wish the publisher of each composition had been listed as
assistance for any future performers of the repertoire.
"esoteric" best describes most of the music on this CD.
Although it is of the highest quality, it does take some background
to appreciate it the first time around. For those persons who are
interested in serious music for the accordion and in the great potential
of both instrument and its future players, then this is an ideal
recording; it will indeed inspire them.
most familiar music is the well-recognized "Carpathian Suite"
by the equally-well-known performer/composer, Vladimir Zubitsky.
It has been a staple in the solo repertoire of many fine players
for several years and deservedly continues to be a favorite on concerts
and in competitions held throughout the world.
composer, Jukka Tiensuu, is represented by two compositions, one
of which is a world premiere recording. Admirers of his music will
not be disappointed with either of these performances! In fact,
there are good remarks to make about all the included compositions
throughout the CD. Each selection is a fine example of accordion
music to have in one's collection. I recommend "Virtuoso Accordion"
by Mikko Luoma very highly.
to everyone involved in the actual recording, the production, the
selection of repertoire and, naturally, above all, to the performer,
Mikko Luoma, who holds a position of senior lecturer in classical
accordion and contemporary chamber music at Turku Music Academy
in Finland. The CD is available through Bridge Records, Inc., www.BridgeRecords.com
or E-mail: Bridgerec@bridgerecords.com
CD Review Joan
Cochran Sommers - 14 March, 2008