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Release Date: Tuesday 1 April 2008
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"Recording and documentation are, as always with a BIS issue, exemplary...This is...in all respects an important issue. Even if you do not have a specific interest in choral music you should consider a purchase."
(MusicWeb August 2008)
YL Male Voice Choir was founded in 1883 - 125 years ago - under the auspices of the Helsinki University. Two years later Jean Sibelius became a student at the conservatory in Helsinki, and soon what would become a long and fruitful collaboration began. When the composer made his breakthrough with Kullervo in 1892, singers from YL formed the backbone of the choir, and when he started to write for male choir a cappella the following year his first work was Venematka (The Boat Journey), composed for the choir's tenth anniversary. After that, a majority of Sibelius's most famous works for male choir were commissioned and premiered by YL, which has never ceased to be regarded as the foremost exponent of Sibelius's music for male choir - the voice of Sibelius! The present programme includes both a cappella works and works for male choir and orchestra, in which YL is supported by Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä. It takes us through a variety of moods and themes: from the brief and very moving Sydämeni laulu - a lullaby for a dead child - to Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire), a re-telling of the ancient Kalevala legend of how fire came into the world, as well as the patriotic sentiments of Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen) and, of course, the hymn from Finlandia, probably Sibelius's most famous composition, here in a choral version.
Six Songs, Op.18 for male choir a cappella
Rakastava (The Lover) for tenor, male choir and string orchestra, JS160b
Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapids-Rider's Brides) for male choir and orchestra, Op.33
Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire) for baritone, male choir and orchestra, Op.32
Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen) for male choir and orchestra, Op.48
Hymn (Natus in curas) for male choir a cappella, Op.21
Kuutamolla (In the Moonlight) for male choir a cappella, JS114
Isänmaalle (To the Fatherland) for male choir a cappella, JS98b
Veljeni vierailla mailla (My Brothers Abroad) for male choir a cappella, JS217
Har du mod? (Have You Courage?) for male choir and orchestra, Op.31 No.2
Finlandia-Hymni (Finlandia Hymn) for male choir a cappella, from Op.26
and much more