Soumalainen Virsi (Finnish Hymns), Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The third and last disc in the BIS survey of the Finnish hymnal consists of modern arrangements of a few familiar Protestant hymns and other sacred melodies seldom heard outside Finland. Like the pieces on the previous two volumes, these are all instrumental versions without voices. The majority of them were produced by the musicians of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra -- conductor Osmo Vänskä, first violinist Jaakko Kuusisto, bassoonist Harri Ahmas, and resident composer Kalevi Aho, with a few other contributions to the project by Olli Kortekangas, Ilkka Kuusisto, and Kari Tikka. While most of the arrangements are reverent and within the boundaries of good taste, there are...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The third and last disc in the BIS survey of the Finnish hymnal consists of modern arrangements of a few familiar Protestant hymns and other sacred melodies seldom heard outside Finland. Like the pieces on the previous two volumes, these are all instrumental versions without voices. The majority of them were produced by the musicians of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra -- conductor Osmo Vänskä, first violinist Jaakko Kuusisto, bassoonist Harri Ahmas, and resident composer Kalevi Aho, with a few other contributions to the project by Olli Kortekangas, Ilkka Kuusisto, and Kari Tikka. While most of the arrangements are reverent and within the boundaries of good taste, there are a few that venture too far into symphonic fantasy and kitsch, such as the incredibly bombastic "Sinfoninen sarja" by Kuusisto, the disturbingly militaristic "Quasimodogeniti" by Tikka, and the vulgar mini-epic "Nyt ylös, sieluni" by Vänskä. Without knowing that the main themes are hymn tunes, and that the music is meant to reflect religious feelings, the listener might easily mistake these pieces for the worst kind of "swords and sandals" soundtrack music. Despite the generally fine performances and good sound, this peculiar album is too secular in flavor for the devout, and too tedious for anyone not immersed in Finnish culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590013694
  • Catalog Number: 1369
  • Sales rank: 378,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sinfoninen sarja (Symphonic Suite), Op. 14 - Jaakko Kuusisto & Kalevi Aho (7:55)
  2. 2 Kun on turva Jumalassa (When safe in God), Vk 397 (Swedish 1873) - Anonymous, Finnish & Kalevi Aho (3:20)
  3. 3 Me kiitämme sinua (We praise thee, O God), Vk 126 - Kalevi Aho & Richard Faltin (3:08)
  4. 4 Herra, kädelläsi (O Lord, I may dwell in thy hand), Vk 517 - Kalevi Aho & Pekka Simojoki (3:08)
  5. 5 Quasimodogeniti, for orchestra - Kari Tikka & Kalevi Aho (8:42)
  6. 6 Kiitos sulle, Jumalani (Thanks to God), for orchestra (after Merikanto & Stebbins) - Olli Kortekangas & Kalevi Aho (3:33)
  7. 7 Minä vaivainen, vain mato (I am a lowly worm, a traveler), Vk 622 (Toisinto Lapualta) - Finnish Traditional & Kalevi Aho (3:20)
  8. 8 Sinuhin turvaan, Jumala (In thee I trust, my God), Vk 382 (Toisinto Pohjois-Savosta) - Finnish Traditional & Kalevi Aho (7:13)
  9. 9 Siion, Kutsu kansat maan (Zion called the peoples of the earth), Vk 421 (Böömissa 1541) - Finnish Traditional & Kalevi Aho (3:18)
  10. 10 Halleluja! Nyt ylistys (Hallelujah, praise the Lord), Vk 133 (tune from Piae Cantiones) - Anonymous, Finnish & Kalevi Aho (2:55)
  11. 11 Nyt ylös, sieluni (Arise, my soul), Vk 632 (Toisinto Kalannista) - Finnish Traditional & Kalevi Aho (5:18)
  12. 12 Pois pelko, Herran kansa (Fear not, o people of God), Vk 176 (German 1627) - Finnish Traditional & Kalevi Aho (4:21)
  13. 13 Ilta on tullut, Luojani (Evening has come, my Creator), Vk 563 - Sofie Lithenius & Kalevi Aho (5:16)
  14. 14 Oi Herra suuri (How great thou art) (Alkuperä tuntematon 1889) - Finnish Traditional & Kalevi Aho (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Osmo Vänskä Primary Artist
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