Voice of Sibelius

Voice of Sibelius

by Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
     
 

Though most of its members are wearing sunglasses on the cover, the YL Male Voice Choir isn't kidding when it comes to this disc's title: YL The Voice of Sibelius. Since its founding in 1893 at Helsinki University, YL has participated in the premieres of nearly all Sibelius' works for male chorus, most famously his "Kullervo Symphony."See more details below

Overview

Though most of its members are wearing sunglasses on the cover, the YL Male Voice Choir isn't kidding when it comes to this disc's title: YL The Voice of Sibelius. Since its founding in 1893 at Helsinki University, YL has participated in the premieres of nearly all Sibelius' works for male chorus, most famously his "Kullervo Symphony." Indeed, many of the works on this disc were written for and dedicated to YL, and it is not too much to say that these performances are, for all intents and purposes, definitive. Led by Matti Hyökki, the YL has a strong but nuanced tone and a tight but supple ensemble combined with a burnished blend, a robust balance, and a vigorous sense of rhythm that suits Sibelius' music perfectly. The majority of the pieces on the program here come from the composer's first period when ardent patriotism and passionate expressivity were his music's foremost characteristics. Of the 21 works included, 14 are for male choir a cappella, while the other seven are scored for male choir plus orchestra and occasional male vocal soloists. The best-known work, of course, is "Finlandia," and YL gives it a suitably full-throated performance. Perhaps the best works here are the two longest: "The Origin of Fire" and "The Captive Queen" for male choir and orchestra. Both works sound like prime Sibelius: restrained almost to the point of austerity, but intense and extremely effective. Accompanied by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, the YL's performances will be mandatory listening for dedicated fans of the Finnish composer. BIS' digital sound is warm, round, and deep.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590014332
catalogNumber:
1433
Rank:
12451

Tracks

  1. The Broken Voice (Sortunut ääni), partsong for (or mixed) male chorus, Op. 18/7  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Andrew Bentley  - Matti Hyokki  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  2. Hail, O Moon! (Terve kuu), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/8  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - W.F. Kirby  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  3. The Boat Journey (Venematka), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/9  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Andrew Bentley  - Matti Hyokki  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  4. Fire on the Island (Saarella palaa), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  5. The Woodman's Song (Metsämiehen laulu), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Aleksis Kivi  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  6. The Song of my Heart (Sydämeni laulu), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Aleksis Kivi  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  7. Rakastava (The Lover), for male chorus (with or without string orchestra)  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Tom Nyman  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  8. The Rapids-Shooter's Bride (Koskenlaskijan Morsiamet), for 2 vocal soloists & orchestra (or piano), Op. 33  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - John Skinner  - Osmo Vänskä  - A. Oksanen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  9. The Origin of Fire (Tulen synty), for voice, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 32  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Tommi Hakala  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  10. The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Paavo Cajander  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  11. Hymnus: Natus in curas, for male chorus, Op. 21  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Fridolf Gustafsson  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  12. In the Moonlight (Kuutamolla), for male chorus  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Aino Suonio  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  13. To the Fatherland (Isänmaalle), for partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Paavo Cajander  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  14. Song of Exile (Veljeni Vieralla Mailla), for male chorus  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Juhani Aho  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  15. Have You Courage? (Har du Mod?), (I) for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 31/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - J. J. Wecksell  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  16. A Song for Lemminkåinen (Laulu Lemminkäiselle), for chorus & orchestra, Op. 31/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Yrjö Weijola  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  17. March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion, for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 91/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Heikki Nurmio  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  18. To Sea (Till havs), partsong for male chorus, Op. 84/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Jonathan Reuter  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  19. Partsongs (2), for male chorus, Op. 108  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Larin Kyösti  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  20. Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12  - Jean Sibelius  - Robert von Bahr  - Matti Hyokki  - Viekko Antero Koskenniemi  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat

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