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BIS present a disc of works by the once-described “modern shaman” Veljo Tormis
His work is chiefly composed for a cappella choir, using ancient chants and magic charms. Much of his output mirrors his steadfast devotion to an Estonian identity in the face of Soviet occupation, with some illustrating his political leanings.
The disc closes on a more lyrical and personal note – another strand in the composer’s rich repertoire.
The works are performed by Cecilia Rydinger Alin and Orphei Drängar, described in Choir and Organ as ‘a tremendous choir, with superb technique and an immense, expressive range’.
Veljo Tormis: Incantatio maris aestuosi (Incantation for a Stormy Sea)
Incantatio maris aestuosi (Incantation for a Stormy Sea)
Veljo Tormis: Kord me tuleme tagasi (Once We Will Reappear)
Kord me tuleme tagasi (Once We Will Reappear)
Veljo Tormis: Kolm mul oli kaunist sona (Three I Had Those Words of Beauty)
Kolm mul oli kaunist sona (Three I Had Those Words of Beauty)
Veljo Tormis: Eesti kalendrilaulud (Estonian Calendar Songs), Set 3: Vastlalaulud (Shrovetide Songs)
No. 1. Vistel-vastel
No. 2. Lina loitsimine (Casting a Spell Upon Flax)
No. 3. Liulaskmise-laul (Sledging Song)
Veljo Tormis: Pikse litaania (Litany to Thunder)
Pikse litaania (Litany to Thunder)
Veljo Tormis: Viru vanne (The Viru Oath)
Viru vanne (The Viru Oath)
Veljo Tormis: Helletused (Herdboy Calls)
Helletused (Herdboy Calls)
Veljo Tormis: Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron)
Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron)
Veljo Tormis: Muistse mere laulud (Songs of the Ancient Sea)
Muistse mere laulud (Song of the Ancient Sea)
Veljo Tormis: Hamleti laulud I, II (Hamlet's Songs)
No. 1. Meri tombus endasse (The sea withdraws)
No. 2. Jah, olla, olla, tingimata alla (Yes, to be, to be, by all means to be)
Veljo Tormis: Kaksikpuhendus (Double Dedication)
I. Uhte laulu tahaks laulda (I'd like to Sing a Song)
II. Tahed (Stars)
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