Sibelius: Complete Works for Mixed Choir / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
The Finnish choral tradition was rich and active when Sibelius came of age as a composer in the late 1880s, and he wrote choral works all his life. The pieces on this rewarding recording range from folk songs suffused with Finnish character to enigmatic works with sometimes dark lyrics. There are festival and school songs, patriotic anthems, a cantata for an academic degree ceremony and, inevitably, two versions of “Finlandia.” Most of the pieces are a cappella. Many unfold in clear, block-chord settings of the texts. If you want to stump friends with a guessing game, play the beguiling, slightly strange “Glade of Tuoni” from this recording and ask them to identify the composer. You’ll win, as you will by picking up this album.
– New York Times
Catalog Number: ODE 1260-2D
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Heikki Seppanen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir