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This new release features works for children’s choir by Einojuhani Rautavaara, performed by the world-renowned Tapiola Choir and their director Pasi Hyökki.
Mostly written for the Tapiola Choir, these pieces cover a wide range of topics and moods, extending from humorous nursery rhymes to more serious philosophical issues and religious solemnity.
The album title piece, the one-act choral opera Marjatta matala neiti (“Marjatta the Lowly Maiden”), is based on a poem from the Kalevala epos. The half-hour “mystery play” tells the story of Marjatta who becomes impregnated after eating a lingonberry and gives birth to a son – thus the Finnish mythological adaptation of the Christian story of Jesus’ conception and birth from a virgin.
Finnish cult composer Rautavaara is one of the rare composers to have written extensive and substantial repertoire for children’s choir. More generally, his major output for mixed and for male choir has cemented his position as one of today’s most popular composers of choral music.
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Marjatta matala neiti (Marjatta the Lowly Maid)
Marjatta matala neiti (Marjatta the Lowly Maid)
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Puusepan poika (The Carpenter's Son)
Puusepan poika (The Carpenter's Son)
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Lorca Suite, Op. 72b
I. Cancion de jinete
II. El grito
III. La luna asoma
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Lorulei
I. Mista on pienet pojat tehty
II. Hus sika metsaan
III. Peukaloputti sian sai
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Viatonten valssi (Waltz of the Innocents)
Viatonten valssi (Waltz of the Innocents)
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Wenn sich die Welt auftut
I. Freude steigt in uns auf
II. Meine Liebe
III. Dann, in jener Nacht
IV. Der Brief
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Rakkaus ei koskaan havia (Love Never Dies)
“best of all [is] Rautavaara's celebration of innocence and experience in his Children's Mass - a mini missa brevis of childlike settingss, interspersed with stern and sombre string-orchestral interludes. All delightfully fresh performances in a satisfying programme.”
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