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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.”
“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.”
23rd April 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.”
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