Alba releases baroque violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala and harpsichordist Tea Polso's new album "PolskaPandolfi". According to the musicians playing on the album, the release combines “early Baroque music of Pandolfi Mealli with virtuoso and peculiarly sharp twists to South Ostrobothnian polskas that are almost as intricate and the musical hooks of both are guaranteed to get the blood circulating and your feet tapping the beat”.
The three-time Emma Award-winning Kreeta-Maria Kentala has studied violin at the Sibelius Academy, the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm as well as Baroque violin at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in the Netherlands, Hilversum. She works as a freelance artist, leading orchestras and performing as a chamber musician and soloist. Kentala has received the Finnish National Broadcasting Company’s Record of the Year -award and the Janne Award for sound and video recording producers. She enjoys performing repertoire from unknown composers and rarely heard compositions, as well as interestingly mixing different genres. All of this is also heard on the new album.
Tea Polso is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy with a master's degree in music, specializing in early music and church music. She has worked as both a church and concert musician. Polso currently works in several ensembles as a harpsichordist and organist. She is also the director of the Seinäjoki Early Music Event.
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1624–1687) was an Italian composer and violinist. Apart from a few details not much is known about his life. He worked in Tyrol in the court of Archduke Ferdinand Karl as a court musician and, after the death of the duke, moved to Messina, Sicily. In Tyrol his compositions were published in two collections, and in Sicily one. These are not just any collections, as it has even been claimed that they made Pandolfi the founder and godfather of the Austro-German School of violin.
Kreeta-Maria Kentala and Tea Polso both live in Ostrobothnia and are enthusiastic supporters of music life of Northern Finland. With their new album, they had the idea to combine Ostrobothnian polska music with Pandolf's sonatas, which both date back to the same era. The Ostrobothnian era of polska continued until the end of the 19th century, even in the early 20th century - further than anywhere else in Finland. According to Kentala and Polso, the common features of Pandolfi's music and the Ostrobothnian polska are modality, especially the Doric tone, similar dance rhythms and folk melodic patterns and chords.