Cello and piano in a romantic mood

If you have not heard about Klaus Mäkelä yet, make a note now. Despite of his young age (b. 1996), he is already a acclaimed cellist and, as a student of Jorma Panula, he is going to continue the long list of internationally known Finnish conductors.

Risto Lauriala (b. 1949) has made a long international career as soloist with symphony orchestras, chamber musician, recitalist and as an accompanist for singers. He also holds a professor’s chair in Sibelius Academy. Do not miss his Bach recordings.

Mäkelä and Lauriala played this week romantic sonatas from Germany and America (Schumann, Barber, Brahms) as part of Aino Ackté Chamber Festival 2013. The concert took place in Mikael Agricola Church in Helsinki. Here is a video from the concert.


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About Olli Laasanen

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3 Responses to Cello and piano in a romantic mood

  1. rigbyte says:

    All Photographs are excellent – intimate, caressing and capturing the fragile impermanence of the sounds of great music that makes it so precious. The top photograph in particular is spectacularly beautiful. The delicacy with which Klaus fingers the strings and holds the bow, the exquisite concentration of both men, the perfect complement of the dark background with white shirts and burnished wood cannot be bettered.
    Also invigorating is that the artists are wearing open necked shirts…the stultifying convention of men having to wear stiff shirts and ties and tailored jackets that inhibit movement and overheat them, while women are usually naked from the breasts up, keeping them cool and permitting total freedom of movement, has always irked me. I would love to have been there. Thanks for sharing the images.

  2. rigbyte says:

    P.S. I just downloaded excerpts from You tube…. Your photo heads the title. Excellent. Thanks for introducing Klaus.

    • Thanks Rigby for your beautifully argumented reply. I was lucky to get some decent shots in a small and very crowded space. But the most important thing was the ambiance the excellent musicians created.

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