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Sumera - Mushroom Cantata & other choral works

Composer Lepo Sumera
Performer Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Ülle Kaljuste
Janika Lentsius
Madis Metsamart
Kadri-Ann Sumera
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1560 CD
EAN 7318590015605
Format CD
Release date Sep 2005
Total time 68'32

Music Web International: Recording of the Year 2005.

Lepo Sumera was one of the great characters in the musical life of his native Estonia. An admired symphonist and a pioneer in electro-acoustic and computer music, he was also an accomplished lecturer and organizer as well as being the Estonian Minister of Culture during the years 1988-1992. Mainly known for his symphonic works – the six symphonies have all been released on BIS in interpretations by Paavo Järvi – Sumera also composed for choir.
The four works gathered on this disc were all conceived at the instigation of or in collaboration with Tõnu Kaljuste, who conducts them here. Ranging from a treatment of the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg over a catalogue (in Latin) of mushrooms, to the comic wordplay of Concerto per voci e strumenti, the programme creates a many-faceted picture of the composer while displaying the manifold qualities and abilities of a great choir.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, appearing for the first time on BIS, has become increasingly well known internationally, from performances both with founder and former artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste and with his successor Paul Hillier. Here aided by Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Concerto) and a group of actors (Saare piiga), the choir shines in a repertoire, which to a considerable extent was created directly for it.
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  Lepo Sumera
  Concerto per voci e strumenti (1997) for mixed chorus and
string orchesta (Text: Doris Kareva)
01 I. Furioso 3'36
02 II. Moderato 6'09
03 III. Allegro misterioso 4'36
04 Though Your Homeland May Be in Dark For Long (Kui tume veel kauaks ka sinu maa) (1985) For mixed chorus a cappella (Text: Juhan Liiv) 3'20
  Mushroom Cantata (Seenekantaat) (1979-83) for mixed chorus,
flute, piano and percussion (Text: Henn-Kaarel Hellat)
05 I. Carmen veris 6'11
06 II. Timor 4'23
07 III. Carmen autumnus 5'54
08 IV. Luxuria 4'24
09 Island Maiden´s Song from the Sea (Saare piiga laul merest (1988) for mixed chorus, actors, flute, piano and bass drum (Text: from the Estonian epic poem Kalevipoeg) 29'31
  Album total 68'32
ChoirEstonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
OrchestraTallin Chamber Orchestra
ComposerSumera, Lepo
ConductorKaljuste, Tõnu
PercussionMetsamart, Madis
PianoSumera, Kadri-Ann
FluteLentsius, Janika
ActorKaljuste, Ülle

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