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Tapiola Children's Choir
Tapiola Choir Christmas

Song NameComposerArranger
Maria, Herran piikanen
God Rest You Merry GentlemenJ. Panula
O Holy Night / Oi, jouluyoA. Adam / Solantera / SnellmanJ. Panula
The Joy of GivingKalevi Olli / J.G. Whittier
Kulkuset fantasia / Fantasy on Jingle BellsJ. Panula / J.S. Pierpoint
Tonttujen joulukuusi / Elves around the Christmas TreeJ. Panula
Nigra sum / I Am BlackPablo Casals / Kurt StoneJ. Panula
Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisonsClaude Debussy
Kuului laulu enkeltenA. Papp / R.R. Ryynanen
Go, Tell It on the MountainB.A. Red
Foudu, satakiel
Katso, ihme taivainenPiae CantionesJ. Sibelius
En etsi valtaa, IoistoaJean SibeliusJ. Panula
Maa on niin kaunisB.S. Ingemann / H. HaahtiJ. Panula
Jouluna Jumala syntyiPekka Jalkanen / Kanteletar
Joulukranssi kuudella kielellaJorma Panula
- Joulun kellot / Softly, SoftlyArmas Maasalo / Helmi AuvinenJorma Panula
- Nu tandas tusen juleljus / A Thousand Candles Burning BrightEmmy KochlerJorma Panula
- Tiliseb tiliseb aisakell / Jingling, Jingling Sleigh Bells RingLeonard WirkhausJorma Panula
- Leise rieselt der Schnee / Silent Sleeps the Singing SnowJorma Panula
- Mele kalikimakaR.A. Anderson / Yngve StoorJorma Panula
- Entre le boeuf.../There in the Hay of the Ox's StallJorma Panula
- Arkihuolesi kaikki heita / Cast off Thy Everyday CaresLeevi Madetoja / Alpo NoponenJorma Panula

Directed by Erkki Pohjola / Jorma Panula

Over three decades have passed since the founding of the Tapiola Choir, then known as the Tapiola Children's Choir. Shortly after their founding, in 1973 they released "Tapiolan Joulu" ("Christmas With Tapiola"). If you have ever heard that classic album you can't help but be moved by the bell-like chime and purity of the children's voices. On this new Christmas recording the Tapiola Choir, long since recognized as an international treasure, creates a richer, more mature sound with the addition of a couple of dozen young adult voices belonging to the 'seniors.' The choir's founder, Prof. Erkki Pohjola wished to share the experience of creating this recording with former members because this is to be his last as conductor and director of the choir. Additionally, the breadth of the arrangements was enhanced by use of orchestration which never occludes the beauty of the choir and special guest Jorma Hynninen, the celebrated Finnish operatic baritone. The recording begins with an a cappella version of the Australian folk song, "Mary, Handmaiden of the Lord" which was the first three part song ever sung by the original "Choir of the Lower Forms of Tapiola Secondary School." Progressively the song list increases in festivity, youthful fun predominates, and then imperceptibly the feeling returns to the original spirit of Christmas until, finally the choir closes the recording with the a cappella "At Christmas, God Came on Earth." This beautiful recording is not only a testimonial to the young singers of Tapiola but a superb passing of the musical baton to the new conductor, Kari Ala-Pollanen.

Item code: 6413C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral  | A Cappella | Mixed | Finland
OND 828-2

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