Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner

From 1970 until 1974 Otto Donner, one of the founders of Love Records, worked as the director of the entertainment section of the Finnish Broadcasting Company. The idea for Strings came up during that time when Aaltonen and Donner ran into each other at Yle. Aaltonen told Donner that he’d like to record Donner’s compositionsfor an entertainment program. The duo ended up creating the album Strings, instead. Strings is a lyrical, spiritual work, with Aaltonen’s virtuoso saxophone floating on top of strings led by Donner. It is far more easier listening than most albums Aaltonen’s been part of, but no less captivating.