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Vox Aurea Choir
Tuhat Kertaa Tutat Vuotta

1000 x 1000 years (1991)
To Finland's mothers (1998)
There was a young lady, whose nose
There was an old man with a flute
There was an old lady of France
There was an old man of Cape Horn
There was a young lady, whose chin
There was an old person of Cromer
There was an old maid of Stroud
There was an old man in a tree
The roach
An eel is no adder
The perch
The salmon
The flounder waltz
The freshest fish
Glory be to God
Teach us to create
There they all sit in total silence
Why should I not sing?
If I should sing
I still have a song to sing
Dulce est
Nihil est perpetuum
Ut ameris
Ut fl atus venti
Acta est fabula
The country cat's secret fishy wish (2003)
Vainamoinen's legacy (2006)

Directed by Pekka Kostiainen

Pekka Kostiainen (b.1944) is perhaps not known as well as other Finnish composers outside his native land. Although he wrote mainly instrumental music early in his career, he now concentrates on choral music. Pekka Kostiainen is the present conductor and composes extensively for them. Vox Aurea have excelled in performing his demanding but inspiring music, and taking it on their world tours. Tuhat kertaa tuhat vuotta (A thousand times a thousand years) is the most substantial a capella work on this 6th disc of Alba's "Kostiainen Conducts Kostiainen" series. It is a setting of a poem by Lauri Viita, one of the central characters of post-World War II literature in Finland, and narrates the origin of the world from an empty Cosmos, the building of mountains, ocean formation and the development of life. Softly vibrating tone-clusters suggest the void, magically expanding into the warm church acoustic, and a variety of eerie vocalisations including clicks, hisses and open-mouth tapping give way to firmer melodic lines. The altos, with more robust tone than the sweet sopranos, intone the verses in a modal runic chant style which derives from the Kalevala, the Finnish National epic, very close to the narrative style used by Sibelius in Kullervo and his epic tone poems. The choir are divided into four groups, two of sopranos and two altos, and the music moves antiphonally across the sound stage, suggesting the dynamic events at hand. This really is a tour-de-force of choral pictorialism, a miniature epic in its own right.

Item code: 4229C | SACD | $15.95 add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed | Finland

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