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TORMIS, V.: Choral Works (Curse Upon Iron) (Orphei Drangar, Alin)

TORMIS, V.: Choral Works (Curse Upon Iron) (Orphei Drangar, Alin)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Alin, Cecilia Rydinger


Cecilia Rydinger Alin

Conductor

Folke Alin

Soloist

Elin Rombo

Soloist

Cecilia Rydinger Alin

Soloist

Andreas Alin

Soloist

Gunnar Sundberg

Soloist

Orphei Drangar



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 70:07
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VELJO KALEVALA

1 

Incantatio maris aestuosi (Incantation for a Stormy Sea)

5:48
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
 

VELJO TORMIS

2 

Kord me tuleme tagasi (Once We Will Reappear)

3:17
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
3 

Kolm mul oli kaunist sona (Three I Had Those Words of Beauty)

5:58
 Andreas Alin Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

 

Eesti kalendrilaulud (Estonian Calendar Songs), Set 3: Vastlalaulud (Shrovetide Songs)

 
4 No. 1. Vistel-vastel 1:21
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
5 No. 2. Lina loitsimine (Casting a Spell Upon Flax) 2:05
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
6 No. 3. Liulaskmise-laul (Sledging Song) 1:45
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
 

AIN KAALEP

7 

Pikse litaania (Litany to Thunder)

5:15
 Gunnar Sundberg Soloist
     
 

HANDO RUNNEL

8 

Viru vanne (The Viru Oath)

4:10
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
 

VELJO TORMIS

9 

Helletused (Herdboy Calls)

8:10
 Elin Rombo Soloist
     
 

AUGUST ANNIST

10 

Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron)

10:34
 Folke Alin Soloist
     
 

VELJO TORMIS

11 

Muistse mere laulud (Songs of the Ancient Sea)

9:35
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Soloist
     
 

Hamleti laulud I, II (Hamlet's Songs)

 
12 No. 1. Meri tombus endasse (The sea withdraws) 5:33
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
13 No. 2. Jah, olla, olla, tingimata alla (Yes, to be, to be, by all means to be) 2:43
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
 

Kaksikpuhendus (Double Dedication)

 
14 I. Uhte laulu tahaks laulda (I'd like to Sing a Song) 1:35
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
     
15 II. Tahed (Stars) 2:18
 Cecilia Rydinger Alin Conductor
 Alin, Cecilia Rydinger


A modern shaman is how Veljo Tormis (b.1930) has been described. In his large production, chiefly composed for a cappella choir, he utilizes ancient chants and magic charms, as well as the typically Estonian runic songs, regilaulud. Indeed Curse upon Iron, his best-known score, even includes a shaman drum. Much of the music of Tormis, who began composing during the 1950s, mirrors his steadfast devotion to an Estonian identity in the face of Soviet occupation, with traditional ways of life, such as farming and fishing, resonating in pieces such as Helletused – based on ancient herding calls – Spell upon Flax (from the three Shrovetide songs) and Songs of the Ancient Sea. But there are also works, such as the two Hamlet’s Songs, that seem to echo the bleak mood of Soviet Estonia, while The Viru Oath is one of Tormis’s most overtly political compositions, written in 1980 during the so-called ‘stagnation period’ in which the thaw following Stalin’s death was halted. With Stars, from Kaksikpühendus (Double Dedication), the album closes on a more lyrical and personal note – another strand in the composer’s rich repertoire. The informative liner notes to this selection of works for male-voice choir composed between 1962 and 1996 are by Mimi S. Daitz, author of a biography of Veljo Tormis. As she explains, even when Tormis does not use traditional tunes, he incorporates their scales and intervals into his melodies and harmonies, thus creating a unique sound. Divisions of voices into separate lines play an important part in Tormis’s orchestration of voices, and another characteristic is his rhythmic ingenuity. The various demands this places on the performers are amply fulfilled by Cecilia Rydinger Alin and Orphei Drängar, described in Choir and Organ as ‘a tremendous choir, with superb technique and an immense, expressive range’. Further variety is added by a number of guest soloists, including the internationally acclaimed soprano Elin Rombo.

"The title-song is the centrepiece in this powerful anthology of choral arrangements of ancient runic songs and spells, plus contemporary poetry settings, by Estonian’s octogenerian composer." ****

Hilary Finch - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - December 2012




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