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Sibelius: Masonic Ritual Music (original & orchestral versions) / Harri Vitanen, organ; Hanu Jurmu, tenor

Audio Samples

  1. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: I. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) [1927 alternative version] $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: I. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: II. Suloinen aate (Thoughts be our Comfort) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: II. Suloinen aate (Thoughts be our Comfort) [1927 alternative version] $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: III. Kulkue (Procession) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: III. Hymni (Hymn). Naatko kuinka hennon yrtin [Though Young Leaves Be Green] $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: IX. Ylistyshymni (Hymn) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VII. Kulkue (Procession) [1927 alternative version] $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VII. Hymni (Hymn). Kella kaipuu rinnassansa [Whosoever Hath a Love] $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VIII. Veljesvirsi (Ode to Fraternity) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: IV. Kulkue (Procession) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: X. Marche funebre (Funeral March) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VI. Salem $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: V. On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: XII. Finlandia-hymni (Finlandia Hymn) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: I. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: II. Suloinen aate (Thoughts be our Comfort) [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: III. Kulkue ja Hymni (Procession and Hymn). Naatko kuinka hennon yrtin [Though Young Leaves Be Green] [arr. J. Kuusisto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: IX. Ylistyshymni (Hymn) [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VII. Hymni (Hymn). Kella kaipuu rinnassansa [Whosoever Hath a Love] [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VIII. Veljesvirsi (Ode to Fraternity) [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: X. Marche funebre (Funeral March) [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: VI. Salem (arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Sibelius — Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113: V. On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living) [arr. J. Kuusisto for tenor and orchestra] $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual Music, for male voices, piano & organ, Op. 113
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

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.

Notes & Reviews:

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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>Sibelius, 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