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YL - the Voice of Sibelius

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Tommi Hakala
Tom Nyman
YL Male Voice Choir
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Matti Hyökki, conductor
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1433 CD
EAN 7318590014332
Format CD
Release date Apr 2008
Total time 79'46

YL Male Voice Choir was founded in 1883 – 125 years ago – under the auspices of the Helsinki University. Two years later Jean Sibelius became a student at the conservatory in Helsinki, and soon what would become a long and fruitful collaboration began. When the composer made his breakthrough with Kullervo in 1892, singers from YL formed the backbone of the choir, and when he started to write for male choir a cappella the following year his first work was Venematka (The Boat Journey), composed for the choir’s tenth anniversary. After that, a majority of Sibelius's most famous works for male choir were commissioned and premiered by YL, which has never ceased to be regarded as the foremost exponent of Sibelius’s music for male choir – the voice of Sibelius! The present programme includes both a cappella works and works for male choir and orchestra, in which YL is supported by Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä. It takes us through a variety of moods and themes: from the brief and very moving Sydämeni laulu – a lullaby for a dead child – to Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire), a re-telling of the ancient Kalevala legend of how fire came into the world, as well as the patriotic sentiments of Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen) and, of course, the hymn from Finlandia, probably Sibelius’s most famous composition, here in a choral version.
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  Jean Sibelius
  Six Songs, Op.18 for male choir a cappella 11'15
01 1. Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice) 1'20
02 2. Terve kuu (Hail, O Moon) 3'10
03 3. Venematka (The Boat Journey) 1'34
04 4. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island) 1'23
05 5. Metsämiehen laulu (The Woodsman’s Song) 1'36
06 6. Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart) 2'12
07 Rakastava (The Lover) for tenor, male choir and string orchestra, JS160b 6'28
08 Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapids-Rider’s Brides) for male choir and orchestra, Op.33 8'36
09 Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire) for baritone, male choir and orchestra, Op.32 11'20
10 Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen) for male choir and orchestra, Op.48 9'21
11 Hymn (Natus in curas) for male choir a cappella, Op.21 3'55
12 Kuutamolla (In the Moonlight) for male choir a cappella, JS114 1'53
13 Isänmaalle (To the Fatherland) for male choir a cappella, JS98b 1'47
14 Veljeni vierailla mailla (My Brothers Abroad) for male choir a cappella, JS217 3'13
15 Har du mod? (Have You Courage?) for male choir and orchestra, Op.31 No.2 1'38
16 Laulu Lemminkäiselle (A Song for Lemminkäinen) for male choir and orchestra, Op.31 No.1 4'08
17 Jääkärien marssi (March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion) for male choir and orchestra, Op.91a 2'23
18 Till havs (To Sea) for male choir a cappella, Op.84 No.5 1'59
  Two Songs for male choir a cappella, Op.108 6'12
19 1. Humoreski (Humoresque) 3'28
20 2. Ne pitkän matkan kulkijat (Wanderers on the Long Way) 2'44
21 Finlandia-Hymni (Finlandia Hymn) for male choir a cappella, from Op.26 2'05
  Album total 79'46
ChoirYL Male Voice Choir
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Vänskä, Osmo
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
TenorNyman, Tom
BaritoneHakala, Tommi

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