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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 / Linn Records CKD 548 / J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
****** Norwegian magazine Klassisk
-'...carries off this technical tour de force with impressive strength and dexterity.' The Strad
-'...a delicious richness to the sound of the solo instrument.' Gramophone
-'...interprets the music superbly... sovereign interpretation.' Folke Forsman, Hufvudstadsbladet

More info

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol / BIS-CD-909

-"As an introduction to Marais's art this is hard to fault - a real treat", Gramophone
"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. [...] A fabulous interpretation which casts the best possible light on both Marais himself and on Luolajan-Mikkola." M. Hengelbrock, Klassik Heute

More info

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

More info

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

More info

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)

More info

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)

More info

Christopher Tye: Complete Consort Music

Christopher Tye: Complete Consort Music

Christopher Tye (ca. 1505 - 1573)

Complete Consort Music

LINN CDK 571

Phantasm

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Dowland: Lachrimae or Seaven Teares

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seaven Teares

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 527

-Gramophone Award for the Best Early Music Recording (2017)

***** BBC Music Magazine
***** The Observer
***** Early music Review
***** The Irish Times

More info

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 470

-Limelight Magazine’s Chamber music recording of the year 2015

-Gramophone 'Choice' recording (2015)

***** BBC Music Magazine
***** The Guardian
***** Classical Music
***** Pizzicato

More info

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)

More info

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)

More info

Purcell: Complete fantasies for viols

Purcell: Complete fantasies for viols

Phantasm
Simax Classics PSC1124

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

More info

Bach & Mozart: Art of Fugue

Bach & Mozart: Art of Fugue

Phantasm
Simax Classics PSC1135

More info

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

Gabrielli & Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works

Gabrielli & Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works

Gabrielli-Scarlatti Complete Cello Works
Alba Records ABCD 412

Guadalupe López Iñiguez, baroque cello

Continuo group:
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello
Olli Hyyrynen, baroque guitar and archlute
Lauri Honkavirta, harpsichord

More info

Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas

Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Baroque cello / Linn Records CKD 548 / J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
****** Norwegian magazine Klassisk
-'...carries off this technical tour de force with impressive strength and dexterity.' The Strad
-'...a delicious richness to the sound of the solo instrument.' Gramophone
-'...interprets the music superbly... sovereign interpretation.' Folke Forsman, Hufvudstadsbladet

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du second livre

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol / BIS-CD-909

-"As an introduction to Marais's art this is hard to fault - a real treat", Gramophone
"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. [...] A fabulous interpretation which casts the best possible light on both Marais himself and on Luolajan-Mikkola." M. 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)

Christopher Tye: Complete Consort Music

Christopher Tye: Complete Consort Music

Christopher Tye (ca. 1505 - 1573)

Complete Consort Music

LINN CDK 571

Phantasm

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seaven Teares

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seaven Teares

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 527

-Gramophone Award for the Best Early Music Recording (2017)

***** BBC Music Magazine
***** The Observer
***** Early music Review
***** The Irish Times

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Lawes: The Royal Consort

Phantasm
Linn Records CKD 470

-Limelight Magazine’s Chamber music recording of the year 2015

-Gramophone 'Choice' recording (2015)

***** BBC Music Magazine
***** The Guardian
***** Classical Music
***** Pizzicato

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)

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/)

Gabrielli & Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works

Gabrielli & Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works

Gabrielli-Scarlatti Complete Cello Works
Alba Records ABCD 412

Guadalupe López Iñiguez, baroque cello

Continuo group:
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello
Olli Hyyrynen, baroque guitar and archlute
Lauri Honkavirta, harpsichord

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