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Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in a programme tracing the Balto-Finnic folksong tradition through the works of Jean Sibelius, Cyrillus Kreek, Erik Bergman and Veljo Tormis.
“[Paraske's] Rakastava (The Loer), from the Kalevala, makes an important contribution to this irresistable disc. Paul Hillier conducts these compelling performances.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****
“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.” International Record Review, July/August 2010
“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.” The Independent, 23rd April 2010 ****
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Tormis: Forgotten Peoples
Veljo Tormis, born in Kuusalu near Tallinn in 1930, is considered by Estonians to be one of their most important composers of the 20th century. He has preserved the song heritage of peoples in the region between Estonia and Finland, peoples whose languages and songs have all but disappeared. The context for his work is the strong choral tradition and the history of Estonia (ancient and contemporary). Recently, its appeal has reached far beyond the Baltics. Having studied organ and choral conducting, he turned to composition in 1950. Almost all of his choral works are based on ancient Estonian and other Finno-Ugric folksongs. Tormis has been hailed for his colourful, almost orchestral style of writing for voices.
Internationally renowned for performances and recordings that sparkle with insight, youthfulness, and a vibrant musicality, Vancouver-based musica intima has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting vocal ensembles. This is musica intima’s third recording for ATMA Classique.
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