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Ants Soots

Director

Ants Soots

Ants Soots has been principal conductor of Estonian Song Celebrations as XXII Song Celebration in 1994 and XXIV Song Celebration "Alati teel" („Always on the Road") in 2004. He has been artistic director of XXIII Song Celebration in 1999 and XXV Song Selebration „Üheshingamine" („To Breathe as One") in 2009, also festivals as Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival (1997, 2002) , „Parnu 2002" and „Tallinn 2007".

Ants Soots has led seminars and master courses in Estonia, Japan, Lithuania, Sweden, Israel, Finland and Spain (including colloquium of Estonian choral music at international choir music conference in Altea, 2000). In 1996-2000 Soots was chairman of the Estonian Choral Association. Ants Soots has been awarded Gustav Ernesaks Scholarship (1999), Order of the White Star, 5th class (2002), Annual Prizes of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for both Music and Folk Art (2004). In 2006 Soots was elected honorary conductor of the Estonian National Male Choir. In 2008 Ants Soots was given Estonia's State Cultural Award.

Groups directed - Estonian National Male Choir

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Discography

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Estonian National Male Choir : Veljo Tormis: Visions of Kalevala : 00  1 CD : Ants Soots : Veljo Tormis : ncd 35

Estonian National Male Choir : Veljo Tormis: Visions of Kalevala

Review: The CD series of Veljo Tormis's "Visions" was started by Ants Soots and the Estonian National Male Choir in 2001 with the selection "Vision of Estonia", the title of the CD came from one song composed of the excerpts of Juha Liiv's poetry. Juhan Liiv was an important Estonian poet of the Early 20th Century and those poems, like other songs in this selection, reflected on the situation of Estonian people. The present fifth selection in this series contains Tormis's visions of the Finnish National epic Kalevala. The significance of Kalevala for Tormis is much more than just a literary masterpiece of the neighboring Finnish culture, that is something like the ancient scripture of all the Baltic-Finnish peoples once inhabiting the coasts of the Finnish gulf.

Songlist: "Kalevala" seitsmeteistkumnes runo - The Seventeenth Canto of the "Kalevala", Kullervo sonum - Kullervo's Message, Sampo tagumine - Forging the Sampo, Raua needmine - Curse Upon Iron, Lauliku Lopusonad - The Singer's Closing Words

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3175c 00 1 CD $15.95 Estonian Choral Music


Estonian National Male Choir : Visions Beyond Estonia : 00  1 CD : Ants Soots : Veljo Tormis : ncd 31

Estonian National Male Choir : Visions Beyond Estonia

Review: Three selections of Veljo Tormis music recorded my Ants Soots and Estonian National Male Choir have been published under the title "Vision of Estonia", the present fourth selection consists of compositions based on the old songs of other peoples, hence the title "Visions Beyond Estonia". Though Tormis has always stressed that he's is a national composer, and the previous "Visions" have clearly introduced him as an Estonian composer, his combative position for Estonian cultural heritage is actually quite open and sympathetic with the defense of nature, traditional cultures and endangered peoples in general.

Songlist: Bulgarian Tryptych, North Russian Bylina, Three Moldovan-Hungarian Folk Songs, Three Stars, Three Livonian Folk Songs, Pictures from Vormsi's Past, Vepsian Winter, The Eagle Flew from the North East, Peoples' Friendship Rhapsody, Vainamoinen's Words of Wisdom

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3517c 00 1 CD $15.95 Estonian Choral Music


Estonian National Male Choir : Visions of Estonia : 00  1 CD : Ants Soots : Tormis, Velijo : NCD 17

Estonian National Male Choir : Visions of Estonia

Review: Veljo Tormis is best known for his preservation of folk songs and folklore in his music. On Vision of Estonia, his concern for the oppression of the Estonian people is mixed with this aspect. These pieces for male choir are fantastic. The title piece "Vision of Estonia" was written during the fall of the Soviet Union and finished when Estonian independence was declared. Tormis is also known for his orchestral choral sounds. In "Incantation for the Sea" and "Litany to Thunder" he translates the dramatic images depicted in the poetry into massive choral sounds. "Incantation for the Sea" comes from the epic poem Kalevala. Due to international interest in his music, Tormis uses a Latin translation to make his piece widely accessible to non-Estonian speaking choirs. The Estonian National Male Choir, led by Ants Soots, is dynamic in this music which honors their country.

Songlist: Double Dedication (Diptych), Vision of Estonia, The Viru Oath, Draught, Story of a Betrayer, The Last Ship (Valse triste), Hamlet's Songs, Incantatio maris aestuosi, Litany to Thunder, Our Shadows (Once We Will Reappear), Herding Calls, The Sarcasms of Juhan Liiv, A Conscripts's Escape from Toompea Castle Home to Kuusalu

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7171c 00 1 CD $15.98 Estonian Choral Music


Estonian National Male Choir : Visions of Estonia 2 : 00  1 CD : Ants Soots : Veljo Tormis : ncd 20

Estonian National Male Choir : Visions of Estonia 2

Review: Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-) emphasizes the role of verbal text and its message in his compositions, directed at the present, past and future of Estonian life. Written for men's chorus, "Visions of Estonia II" records in music the anxiety that was suppressed through the decades of Soviet repression. With "The Ballad of Mary's Land," composed in 1969, Tormis began a series of powerful large-scale choral compositions containing also his most famous work, "The Curse Upon Iron" for mixed chorus, written in 1972. "Reflections with Hando Runnel" (1981), is one of a series of short, sarcastic songs of protest he wrote during that period. "Days of Outlawry," with the subject of resistance fighting, was written for the banned film "The Outlaws;" "Journey of the War Messenger" and "Let The Sun Shine" take their texts from the Estonian National epic "Kalevipoeg." "Forget-me-not" is a national lament dedicated to former chief conductor Gustav Ernesada. Although none of these 23 songs is in English, we can feel the power and Tormis' deep feeling within this music through the performance of the Estonian National Male Choir.

Songlist: The ballad of Mary's Land, Reflections with Hando Runnel, Days of Outlawry, God Protect Us from War, Journey of the War Messenger, Let the Sun Shine!, Voices from Tammsaare's Herdboy Days, Forget-me-not, Men's Songs

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7283c 00 1 CD $15.98 Estonian Choral Music


Estonian National Male Choir : Visions of Estonia 3 : 00  1 CD : Ants Soots : Veljo Tormis : ncd 23

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Estonian National Male Choir : Visions of Estonia 3

Review: The third collection under the title "Vision of Estonia" continues recording the work of Estonian composer Veljo Tormis by the veteran Estonian National Male Choir. All song titles and lyrics of the piece are in Estonian. These lyrics, their meanings, and the history of the composer, the choir, and this dramatic, powerful piece are included in the extensive liner notes. The deeply emotional composition, written under the thumb of the Soviet occupation of Estonia, is divided into 32 movements--from the eight parts of "Dialektilisi aforisme," all less than a minute in length, and the 9-minute "Muistse mere laulud" to the intense 2 -minute "Sottaminck." "Vision III" a difficult, eclectic work that explodes into non-vocal percussion and vocal outbursts of protest and pride. Luckily, it is being sung by one of the best all-male choirs in the world, who perform it with tremendous spirit and feeling. Some accompaniment.

Songlist: The Singer, Songs Of The Ancient Sea, Plague Memory, Feelin' Groovy (The 59th Street Bridge Song), Going To War, Dialectical Aphorisms, Song About Level Land, We Are Given, An Aboriginal Song, The Estonians Political Parties Game, Song About Keeping Together, Martinmas Songs, Christmas Is Coming, Shrovetide Songs, Three I Had Those Words Of Beauty

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8484c 00 1 CD $15.98 Estonian Choral Music

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