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EMO Ensemble

 EMO Ensemble

Mixed Choral Ensemble from Finland.

Chamber Choir EMO Ensemble consists of young students of music and professional singers. It was founded at the Espoo Music Institute in autumn 2000. At three years of age, the choir won 1st prize in the first international Harald Andersen Chamber Choir Competition; the competition was open to both amateur and professional choirs. The choir's performance of Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jaderlund by Esa-Pekka Salonen also received a special prize for best performance of a contemporary work.

Particularly after the above-mentioned victory, EMO Ensemble has become known especially as a performer of contemporary music. The choir offers contemporary composers an instrument of a high standard. The music composed in the 21st century by the most important Finnish contemporary composers, e.g. Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lotta Wennakoski, can be heard on EMO Ensemble's first recording Maasta (Of the Earth). It was published in autumn 2005 by Alba Records. The Association of Finnish choir conductors chose the record as the choir record of the year 2005, and the critics of Helsingin Sanomat and Hufvudstadsbladet called it one of the best records of the year.

The aim of EMO Ensemble is to remain an experimental and versatile group of performers that is constantly renewed. In summer 2002, the choir gave a concert of water-related music at the Tapiola public swimming pool, dressed in bath robes and swimming costumes. At the KuoroEspoo festival in 2004, EMO Ensemble combined cinematic material and light effects to the sound environment created by the choir. In autumn 2006, the choir was invited for the second time to perform at the Polyfollia festival in Normandy, France. At the festival the choir was given standing ovations for a programme of challenging contemporary music.


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EMO Ensemble : Of the Earth : 1 CD :  : NCD 26

EMO Ensemble : Of the Earth

Review: Emo Ensemble is a chamber choir, which consists of young music students and professional singers. The choir was founded at Espoo Music Institute, Finland in the autumn 2000 by its conductor, Pasi Hyokki. Three years later, it won the prize for best performance of a contemporary work at the Harald Andersen international chamber choir competition for 'Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jaderlund' composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Since then, the EMO Ensemble has concentrated on modern music and offering composers the services of a top-quality vocal instrument. In 2005, the choir released its first CD featuring works by leading Finnish composers like Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lotta Wennakoski. It received great reviews and was nominated for Choir CD of the Year by the Finnish Choirmasters Association. EMO Ensemble aims to be experimental, varied and innovative.

Songlist: Enkeli, Kuka Nukkuu Tuutussasi, Erlkonig, Vaggvisa, Mina nostan Vedesta, maailma Jonne Mina Tulin, Muistan Minne Paiva Painui, Mika Kannattaa Maailmassa, Ennen Vetta, Merenkavijat, Kyss min Mun, Djupt I Rummet, Jabberwocky, Ilo

3571c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella Mixed Choirs CDs

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