Matti Rantanen brings accordion to the church
SibaRecords releases Matti Rantanen's accordion album Missa Brevis 13th of September 2012. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming.
In the musical climate of 19th-century Finland, members of the educated and church circles condemned little 1- and 2-row accordions as "the devil's lungs" and "instruments of sin". Little diatonic accordions could be heard wherever young people gathered to dance, on bridges or in barns, to have fun together and to enjoy one another's company.
Matti Rantanen (b.1952) is one of the leading figures on the international classical accordion scene. He is i.a. two-time winner of the Nordic Accordion Competition, the very first head of classical accordion studies in Sibelius Academy, and has inspired numerous composers to write for accordion..