- Harri Viitanen (Organ)
Notes & Reviews:
Masonic Ritual Music centers on a series of songs for tenor and organ, the number, order and texts of which vary between the original manuscripts and the various editions. The organ version on the present disc is the first recording to follow the original song text, according to Sibelius' manuscripts. This CD also includes an arrangement of the score, made by Jaakko Kuusisto at the request of the Finnish Freemasons for a special celebration concert held at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti.
Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
These are well-prepared performances. The YL chorus are, as one expects under their principal conductor, flawless in Sibelius and Harri Viitanen is splendid in the organ loft.
American Record Guide, May/June 2014
This is in two parts. The first is Sibelius's Masonic Ritual Music as he wrote it in 1927 with small revisions and additions in the 1940s; it is scored for tenor, male choir, and organ. The second part, lasting 30 minutes, is a 2007 arrangement of the same piece by Jaakko Kuusisto that makes it more suitable as concert music; that is scored for tenor, orchestra and organ. The music is certainly attractive. The music is undoubtedly much more effective in Masonic ritual. Kuusisto's arrangement retains all the tenor solos. The performances themselves are convincing. Both tenors do well. BIS offers good sound along with extensive notes and texts in Finnish and English.
Recording information: Helsinki Cathedral, finland (04/2010); Sibelius Hall Lahti, Finland (04/2010); Helsinki Cathedral, finland (05/2008); Sibelius Hall Lahti, Finland (05/2008).
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Works DetailsSibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual Music, for male voices, piano & organ, Op. 113
- Performer: Harri Viitanen (Organ)
- Conductor: Matti Hyokki
- Ensemble: YL Male Voice Choir
- Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1927