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Holst Singers

Song NameComposerAs Performed By
Early summer's fairy taleVeijo TormisTwo songs to words by Ernst Enno
Soundlessly somewhere murmurings homewardVeijo TormisTwo songs to words by Ernst Enno
The grindstone gameVeijo TormisThree Estonian game songs
The finger-binding gameVeijo TormisThree Estonian game songs
The ship gameVeijo TormisThree Estonian game songs
O, my gentle tender motherVeijo TormisThree songs from the epic "kalev's son'"
Daughters of the Meadow MatronVeijo TormisThree songs from the epic "kalev's son'"
The wave RollsVeijo TormisThree songs from the epic "kalev's son'"
Waking the birdsVeijo TormisLivonian heritage
At PastureVeijo TormisLivonian heritage
ShrovetideVeijo TormisLivonian heritage
Wee winkie mouseVeijo TormisLivonian heritage
Sang the father, sang the sonVeijo TormisLivonian heritage
Singing aboard shipVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
It is late summerVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
Clouds are racingVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
Pale LightVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
Painfully red are the leavesVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
Wind over the barrensVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
Cold autumn nightVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
HeatherVeijo TormisAutumn Landscapes
I sing for my childVeijo TormisFour Estonian Lullabies
It's time for the little berry to sleepVeijo TormisFour Estonian Lullabies
Let the cradle swing!Veijo TormisFour Estonian Lullabies
LullingVeijo TormisFour Estonian Lullabies
Childhood memoryVeijo Tormis

Directed by Stephen Layton

The Holst Singers are acclaimed as one of England's greatest non-professional choirs. The talent and commitment of the individual members and the leadership of their mercurial conductor, Stephen Layton, ensure that their performances are always of the very highest standards. Veljo Tormis (born 1930) is - along with Arvo Part - Estonia's most famous living composer, holding an almost mystic status in his home country. He is also the passionate and practical torch-bearer for folk-singing revival, and the integration of an ancient cultural inheritance into thoroughly modern, post-Soviet lives. Interestingly, he trained at the Moscow Conservatory and was steeped in Soviet instruction during his early musical life. His music is almost all written for choirs; few other composers have been so committed to one genre. Tormis's choral specialization marks him out from Bartok, Kodaly, Vaughan Williams and Grainger, whose pioneering interest in folksong was ultimately limited to the use of textless tunes in instrumental or orchestral works. For Tormis, the words and the music are inseparable. The Holst Singers have recently been invited to Estonia to perform Tormis's music - a great honor, and a mark of their mastery of this repertoire.

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