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Peregrina†io

Pilgrimage concert tour to the medieval churches of Finland (2015-2017)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Suites, Sonatas and Partitas BWV 1001-1012
(Sonatas and Partitas are transcribed from the violin solo works)
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Baroque cello

“My pilgrimage does not follow an exact historical model but is done in the spirit of the old tradition of pilgrimages. During the Middle Ages, every church was a possible goal for a pilgrimage. My concert tour will reach the remaining 72 medieval churches of Finland, which are still in use and not in ruins. I am going to play at least one concert in each of them, reaching nearly 100 concerts. Pilgrimage is traditionally done by foot, but in my case, I will approach this long peregrination by playing all the solo violin and cello works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The year 2015 marks the anniversary of 330 years since Bach was born, and Pope Franciscus has declared the year 2016 to be the year of an Extraordinary Jubilee and expressed a very strong point of view about pilgrimage: “Life is a peregrination, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim, who is taking his path towards his goal.” The year 2017 is the anniversary of the Reformation. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has considered this concert tour to be part of its official program. The tour is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The tradition of pilgrimage includes learning, recreation, spirituality, visiting holy places, and introspection. These are my aims during my three-year trip, and I am inviting the listeners of the concerts to walk by my side during this pilgrimage.”

© Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (2015)

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Recordings

Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas

Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Baroque cello
J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
Linn Records CKD 548

-" I believe that Bach saw the grandeur of God in the way the form of a fugue such as this one can encapsulate so much human experience. Luolajan-Mikkola’s interpretation of it leaves you with a feeling of wonder (...) I hope that other cellists, on both Baroque and modern instruments, will take up these works and give us even more to ponder about Bach’s genius. As a starting point in that musical dialogue, Luolajan-Mikkola’s recording could hardly be bettered." Dave Saemann, Fanfare Magazine

-"Markku Luolajan-Mikkola interprets the music superbly ... if I had not known that the original is the violin music, I would wholeheartedly immediately have accepted Luolajan-Mikkola's sovereign interpretations." Folke Forsman, Hufvudstadsbladet

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Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Palviainen, Haavisto & Mustonen (continuo)
BIS-CD-909

-"As an introduction to Marais's art this is hard to fault - a real treat", Gramophone

-"…eine fabelhafte Interpretation, die sowohl Marais als auch Luolajan-Mikkola ins beste Licht rückt", Matthias Hengelbrock, Klassik Heute

"... an interpretation whose special empathy enables it to reflect exactly the personal note of the courtly French viol player Marais. Here is to be heard a self-confident virtuosity which never over-estimates its own effect but is constantly working to put the beauty of the music centre-stage. [...] This Finnish viol player lends the Chaconne en rondeau an enchanting softness, but at the same time gives the extrovert character of the E major Chaconne (track 11) an appropriate profile with more powerful strokes of the bow. [...] A fabulous interpretation which casts the best possible light on both Marais himself and on Luolajan-Mikkola and his very flexible accompanists." Matthias Hengelbrock, Klassik Heute

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Couperin: Pieces De Violes

Couperin: Pieces De Violes

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Perkola (viol) & Häkkinen (harpsichord)
AVIE AV 2132

-"Markku Luolajan-Mikkola plays with enormous reverence and attention to detail", J.A. Sadie, Gramophone

-"This was an experience I very much enjoyed from beginning to end", D. Warby, MusicWeb International

-"Luolajan-Mikkola has a light sound free of the growling sometimes heard on viol recordings - reestablishes a connection with the dance rhythms of these suites that many performers neglect", J. Manheim, AllMusic

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Bach: Gamba Sonatas

Bach: Gamba Sonatas

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Miklós Spányi, tangent piano
BIS-CD-1061

-"Luolajan-Mikkola plays boldly and without inhibition", L. Kemp, Gramophone

-"The performances are outstanding and I left this disc in my cd player for 2 whole days after buying it and listened to it over and over" J. Hanford, Bach Org

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Gamba Nova: Contemporary Music for Baroque Instruments and Voices

Gamba Nova: Contemporary Music for Baroque Instruments and Voices

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Finnish musicians & composers
Alba Records ABCD 259

-"A CD that should have an appeal for broad audiences", S. Eddins, All Music Review

-"Markku Luolajan-Mikkola traspasa la barrera del tiempo", A. Llorens, Doce Notas

-Emma Award for the best Classical music recording in Finland (2008)

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Marin Marais: Trang (Suitte d’un goût étranger)

Marin Marais: Trang (Suitte d’un goût étranger)

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Continuo group of Battalia
Alba Records ABCD 107

-Janne Award from the Finnish National Group of IFPI (1995)

-Recognition Award by the Finnish Broadcast Company (1995)

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Antoine Forqueray: Jupiter

Antoine Forqueray: Jupiter

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Mattila (harpsichord) & Suihkonen (bass viol)
Alba Records ABCD 111

-Disc of the year by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (1996)

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Byrd: Complete Consort Music

Byrd: Complete Consort Music

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 372

-Diapason d'Or - GoldenDiapason (2011)

-Gramophone Editor's Choice (2011)

-Gramophone finalist for the best Early Music recording (2011)

-International Classical Music Awards Nomination (2012)

-CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine (2011)

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Lawes: The Royal Consort

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 470

-Gramophone 'Choice' recording (2015)

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Gibbons: Consorts for viols

Gibbons: Consorts for viols

Phantasm
Linn Records BKD 486

-Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording (2004)

-Gramophone finalist for CD of the Year (2004)

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Purcell: Complete fantasies for viols

Purcell: Complete fantasies for viols

Phantasm
Simax Classics PSC1124

-Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording (1997)

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Bach & Mozart: Art of Fugue

Bach & Mozart: Art of Fugue

Phantasm
Simax Classics PSC1135

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Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst

Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst

Bergen Barokk
Toccata Classics TOCC0084 (Volume 4)

(Note: Please, check the complete recording of the 72 cantatas from Telemann’s collection Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, in the webpage of my ensemble--> http://barokk.no/bergen/)

More info

Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas

Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Baroque cello
J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
Linn Records CKD 548

-" I believe that Bach saw the grandeur of God in the way the form of a fugue such as this one can encapsulate so much human experience. Luolajan-Mikkola’s interpretation of it leaves you with a feeling of wonder (...) I hope that other cellists, on both Baroque and modern instruments, will take up these works and give us even more to ponder about Bach’s genius. As a starting point in that musical dialogue, Luolajan-Mikkola’s recording could hardly be bettered." Dave Saemann, Fanfare Magazine

-"Markku Luolajan-Mikkola interprets the music superbly ... if I had not known that the original is the violin music, I would wholeheartedly immediately have accepted Luolajan-Mikkola's sovereign interpretations." Folke Forsman, Hufvudstadsbladet

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Palviainen, Haavisto & Mustonen (continuo)
BIS-CD-909

-"As an introduction to Marais's art this is hard to fault - a real treat", Gramophone

-"…eine fabelhafte Interpretation, die sowohl Marais als auch Luolajan-Mikkola ins beste Licht rückt", Matthias Hengelbrock, Klassik Heute

"... an interpretation whose special empathy enables it to reflect exactly the personal note of the courtly French viol player Marais. Here is to be heard a self-confident virtuosity which never over-estimates its own effect but is constantly working to put the beauty of the music centre-stage. [...] This Finnish viol player lends the Chaconne en rondeau an enchanting softness, but at the same time gives the extrovert character of the E major Chaconne (track 11) an appropriate profile with more powerful strokes of the bow. [...] A fabulous interpretation which casts the best possible light on both Marais himself and on Luolajan-Mikkola and his very flexible accompanists." Matthias Hengelbrock, Klassik Heute

Couperin: Pieces De Violes

Couperin: Pieces De Violes

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Perkola (viol) & Häkkinen (harpsichord)
AVIE AV 2132

-"Markku Luolajan-Mikkola plays with enormous reverence and attention to detail", J.A. Sadie, Gramophone

-"This was an experience I very much enjoyed from beginning to end", D. Warby, MusicWeb International

-"Luolajan-Mikkola has a light sound free of the growling sometimes heard on viol recordings - reestablishes a connection with the dance rhythms of these suites that many performers neglect", J. Manheim, AllMusic

Bach: Gamba Sonatas

Bach: Gamba Sonatas

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Miklós Spányi, tangent piano
BIS-CD-1061

-"Luolajan-Mikkola plays boldly and without inhibition", L. Kemp, Gramophone

-"The performances are outstanding and I left this disc in my cd player for 2 whole days after buying it and listened to it over and over" J. Hanford, Bach Org

Gamba Nova: Contemporary Music for Baroque Instruments and Voices

Gamba Nova: Contemporary Music for Baroque Instruments and Voices

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Finnish musicians & composers
Alba Records ABCD 259

-"A CD that should have an appeal for broad audiences", S. Eddins, All Music Review

-"Markku Luolajan-Mikkola traspasa la barrera del tiempo", A. Llorens, Doce Notas

-Emma Award for the best Classical music recording in Finland (2008)

Marin Marais: Trang (Suitte d’un goût étranger)

Marin Marais: Trang (Suitte d’un goût étranger)

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Continuo group of Battalia
Alba Records ABCD 107

-Janne Award from the Finnish National Group of IFPI (1995)

-Recognition Award by the Finnish Broadcast Company (1995)

Antoine Forqueray: Jupiter

Antoine Forqueray: Jupiter

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol
Mattila (harpsichord) & Suihkonen (bass viol)
Alba Records ABCD 111

-Disc of the year by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (1996)

Byrd: Complete Consort Music

Byrd: Complete Consort Music

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 372

-Diapason d'Or - GoldenDiapason (2011)

-Gramophone Editor's Choice (2011)

-Gramophone finalist for the best Early Music recording (2011)

-International Classical Music Awards Nomination (2012)

-CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine (2011)

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 470

-Gramophone 'Choice' recording (2015)

Gibbons: Consorts for viols

Gibbons: Consorts for viols

Phantasm
Linn Records BKD 486

-Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording (2004)

-Gramophone finalist for CD of the Year (2004)

Purcell: Complete fantasies for viols

Purcell: Complete fantasies for viols

Phantasm
Simax Classics PSC1124

-Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording (1997)

Bach & Mozart: Art of Fugue

Bach & Mozart: Art of Fugue

Phantasm
Simax Classics PSC1135

Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst

Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst

Bergen Barokk
Toccata Classics TOCC0084 (Volume 4)

(Note: Please, check the complete recording of the 72 cantatas from Telemann’s collection Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, in the webpage of my ensemble--> http://barokk.no/bergen/)

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