The Best of Finnish Folk Accordion
Erasen Ollin Polkka
Havusen Juokin Valssi
Vaara Vitonen Polkka
Taysin Palkein Sottiisi
Isoisan Aikaan Jenkka
Notkian Pojan Polkka
total time: 46:22
Released in 1993
Review number and date: No. 58, August 1997
label: Olarin Musikki Oy (OMCD 45)
Review by Henry Doktorski:
Teppo Valimaki is a fun-loving fellow, as one can tell simply by: 1) listening to his music and 2) looking at the album cover, which features three photographs of him in three different poses (one playing the accordion behind his back) with three different one and two-row diatonic accordions. The CD booklet notes by Phillip Page humbly state "Teppo has an innate ability to navigate the most complex of passages while maintaining a sincere crowd pleasing charm."
Teppo Valimaki was born into a family of Southern Ostrobothnian accordionists. Both his father and grandfather were well known -- in 1961 his father won first place in the Finnish National One-Row Accordion Competition; a competition in which young thirteen year-old Teppo placed third. The next year Teppo beat his own father (who came in second place) by winning the first place prize. His awards have not been confined to Finland: Teppo came in fourth place at the 1974 World Championship of the Accordion.
The CD includes twenty-four polkas, waltzes and other dances from the repertoire of Finnish folk music. Valimaki's technique is faultless and his musicality is full of character. The album is a wonderful display of the beauty and joy of the diatonic accordion.
I agree with Page's conclusion from the CD booklet notes: "Taysin Palkein is Teppo's third album, one that was a year in preparation but was recorded in a single day. With it, he hopes to demonstrate the limitless possibilities of the one and two-row accordion. Perhaps it will also give you a better idea why Teppo Valimaki is considered a champion, not only in the judge's eyes, but in the eyes and minds of thousands of music loving Finns."
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