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SIBELIUS, J.: Choral Music (Fire on the Island) (Dominante Choir, Murto)

SIBELIUS, J.: Choral Music (Fire on the Island) (Dominante Choir, Murto)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Murto, Seppo


Seppo Murto

Conductor

Jorma Hynninen

Soloist

Folke Grasbeck

Soloist

Seppo Murto

Soloist

Harri Viitanen

Soloist

Dominante Choir



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 61:41
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SIBELIUS, J.: Choral Music (Fire on the Island) (Dominante Choir, Murto)

     
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JEAN SIBELIUS

1 

Rakastava (The Lover), Op. 14, JS 160c (version for choir)

6:54
 Jorma Hynninen Soloist
     
 

JEAN KALEVALA

 

6 Partsongs, Op. 18 (text of Kanteletar, Kalevala and Aleksis)

 
2 No. 1. Sortunut aani (The Broken Voice) 1:32
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

KANTELETAR

3 No. 3. Venematka (The Boat Journey) 1:37
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
4 No. 4. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island) 1:19
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
5 No. 6. Sydameni laulu (Song of my Heart) 3:01
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

6 

Min rastas raataa (The Thrush's Toiling), JS 129

1:17
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

PAAVO CAJANDER

7 

Isanmaalle (To the Fatherland), JS 98a

2:03
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

8 

Costa - Oje Caruli (Oh Caroline), JS 99

2:49
 Jorma Hynninen Soloist
     
9 

Cottrau - Trippole trappole, JS 99

1:57
 Seppo Murto Soloist
     
10 

Listen to the Water Mill, JS 122

3:06
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JOHAN LUDVIG RUNEBERG

11 

Ej med klagan (Not with lamentation), JS 69

1:28
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

12 

Man fran slatten och havet (People of Land and Sea), Op. 65a

5:22
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

AUGUST VERNER JAAKKOLA

13 

On lapsonen syntynyt meille (A Child is Born Unto Us), JS 142

2:52
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

14 

Cantata for the Coronation of Nicholas II, JS 104 (text by P. Cajander)

1:18
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
15 

Islossningen i Ulea alv (The Breaking of the Ice on the Oulu River), Op. 30

0:39
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

I KOSKIMIES

16 

Cantata for the Helsinki University ceremonies of 1897, JS 106

1:46
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

17 

Morgonens och aftonens portar (Thou Makest the Outgoings of the Morning and Evening to Rejoice)

5:01
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
18 

Der Konig traumte (The King Saw a Dream)

3:08
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

19 

Dies ist der Tag des Herren (This is the Day which the Lord Hath Made)

1:52
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
20 

Die Wasser sahen dich (The Waters Saw Thee)

2:45
 Seppo Murto Conductor
     
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

21 

Herr, du bist ein Fels (Lord, You are a Rock)

2:00
 Folke Grasbeck Soloist
     
 

Kolme johdantovuorolaulua (3 Introductory Antiphons), JS 110

 
22 No. 1. Palmusunnuntaina (On Palm Sunday) 1:52
 Seppo Murto Soloist
     
 

BIBLE - NEW TESTAMENT

23 No. 2. Pyhainpaivana tai hautajaisjumalanpalveluksissa On All Saints' Day) 2:29
 Harri Viitanen Soloist
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

24 No. 3. Kristillisissa nuorisojuhlissa (For Christian Youth Ceremonies) 1:26
 Jorma Hynninen Soloist
     
 

VEIKKO ANTERO KOSKENNIEMI

25 

Finlandia-hymni

2:08
 Seppo Murto Conductor
 Murto, Seppo


Throughout his career, Jean Sibelius wrote pieces for choir which evince a consistently high standard as well as their creator’s characteristic mode of expression. In spite of this, few of them have entered the international repertoire, largely because of the challenges of the Swedish and Finnish texts to which they are set. Among the best-known ones are Rakastava (The Lover) and the Six Songs, Op.18, a collection which includes Venematka (The Boat Journey) and the piece which has provided the title of the present disc: Saarella palaa – Fire on the Island. Like so many of Sibelius’ compositions (whether instrumental or vocal), they take their inspiration from the two great national texts of Finland – the Kalevala and Kanteletar collections. The Op.18 songs were originally conceived for male choir, but Sibelius soon made versions for mixed choir of four of them. These are the versions performed here, by Dominante – one of Finland’s foremost mixed choirs – conducted by Seppo Murto, the choir’s artistic director for more than three decades. With pieces written or arranged between 1887 and 1948, the programme spans the entire active career of the composer, and also includes rarities. Among the more unexpected ones, especially for those who only know the composer from his symphonies, are the two arrangements of what Sibelius himself described as ‘Neapolitan folk songs’: Trippole Trappole and Oje Carulì (Oh Caroline), a light-hearted serenade in which Dominante is joined by the legendary Jorma Hynninen. Hynninen appears elsewhere in the programme, too, along with the mezzo-soprano Monica Groop and with Folke Gräsbeck and Harri Viitanen on piano and organ respectively. But the great finale of the disc is performed by the choir alone: the hymn section from Finlandia, probably Sibelius’ most famous composition. Reluctant to make a choral arrangement of this orchestral work, the composer finally yielded in his old age: ‘if the world wants to sing, one cannot do anything about it’.

"... The Dominante Choir is outstanding in all of this music, and BIS’s sound is beyond reproach..."

Richard A Kaplan - Fanfare - July/August 2013


 "... most of the music is pleasant, the choir is very good, and BIS records them in handsome, room-filling sound..."

Edward Greenfield - American Record Guide - March/April 2013




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