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Baltic Runes

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>Tormis, Veljo : Laulusild, for chorus
>Sibelius, Jean : Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Folksongs (3), for chorus
>Tormis, Veljo : Pilspa ja pakana, for chorus
>Bergman, Erik : Lapponia, for soloists & chorus, Op. 76
>Tormis, Veljo : Jannilaulud, for chorus

Album Summary

>Tormis, Veljo : Laulusild, for chorus
>Sibelius, Jean : Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Folksongs (3), for chorus
>Tormis, Veljo : Pilspa ja pakana, for chorus
>Bergman, Erik : Lapponia, for soloists & chorus, Op. 76
>Tormis, Veljo : Jannilaulud, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in a program tracing the Balto-Finnic folksong tradition through the works of Jean Sibelius, Cyrillus Kreek, Erik Bergman and Veljo Tormis. Hillier's previous forays into this repertoire (his three-volume Baltic Voices series) have been met with the highest critical acclaim. Hillier was also recently awarded a GRAMMY® for his recording of David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion. International Record Review writes, "The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is one of the great chamber choirs at work today."

The Independent
The most striking piece is Erik Bergman's "Lapponia", in which the use of wordless phonemes is aptly elemental, with deep lowing beneath scattered snow showers of excited syllables, and a breeze of haunting sussurus which recalls Ligeti.

BBC Music Magazine
[Paraske's] Rakastava (The Loer), from the Kalevala, makes an important contribution to this irresistable disc. Paul Hillier conducts these compelling performances.

International Record Review
Bergman's interpretation of [the Yoik] will knock you out of your listening chair and into the savage cold of a Finnish night...Under Hillier's direction, the Estonian Philharmonic Choir sings with a polish that goes well beyond everyday standards and with a natural appreciation for - and identification with - the repertory...This release is a true keeper.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008).



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Works Details

>Tormis, Veljo : Laulusild, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Notes: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Sibelius, Jean : Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14
  • Performer: Aarne Talvik (Bass)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Notes: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Folksongs (3), for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Notes: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Tormis, Veljo : Pilspa ja pakana, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Notes: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Bergman, Erik : Lapponia, for soloists & chorus, Op. 76
  • Performer: Allan Vurma (Bass)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Notes: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Tormis, Veljo : Jannilaulud, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Notes: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia (01/30/2008-02/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967