Delicato is a male quartet from Raisio, a town close to Turku, the
historical capital of Finland. The quartet was founded in 1982 to
promote high-quality performance of male quartet music. Our aim is to
uphold this eloquent ideal by performing mainly in the area around of
Turku, the cultural center of Finland.
The singers in the quartet are Jukka Sallinen (I tenor), Robert Paul (II tenor), Lauri Kangas (I base) and Kalevi Vä-Eskeli (II base). Mr. Kangas is the artistic director and Mr. Vä-Eskeli is the chairman of the quartet. Mr. Kangas has made most of the arrangements of the songs on the repertoire of the quartet since the middle of the 1990's. Since 2009 the voice of the first tenor has been sung by Jukka Sallinen, who replaced Veikko Ilola, one of the founders of the quartet who wanted to step down from the first tenor voice. Mr. Ilola continues within the administration of the Delicato association.
preferentially classical and sacral
music, but occasionally we want to enlighten the day of many a temporal
wanderer by singing folk songs, serenades and the likes. Indeed, this
more popular side of Delicato has materialized into a record published
in 1998 labeled Be loved, my Beloved.
second record The church yesterday
and today contains a selection of Finnish sacral music since medieval
times up to today. The two first records are regrettably no
The third record containing a selection of songs sung in the Finnish
primary schools in the years around 1920 - 1950 was published in 2003 -
Alakansakoulun lauluja. The record was supported by a grant from the
Finnish Cultural Foundation (Suomen Kulttuurirahasto). It is
still available (TILAUSLOMAKE).
Our fourth CD
was published in the end on
2008. Having completed the school song album, the quartet
that it was time give some new input to the art of male quartet music
in Finland. The CD Paljain jaloin (Barefooted) is the result
this desire. The entire repertoire is new, expressly composed
Delicato and for this CD. Delicate hopes that the new CD will
provide in injection to rekindle the interest of the public in this
genre. In fact, there has been an upsurge of
the old primary school songs after our album of primary school
songs. Maybe the same will result after Paljain jaloin.
In addition to this record we keep ourselves visible and audible by
performing on a record published by the local regional county
organizations and the Finnish Broadcasting Company. In 1997 we
performed in Barcelona, Spain and in 1995 – 1998 we made a
to many towns in Southern Finland with our sacral music
repertoire. In 2003 Delicato made a tour to Madrid