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Sibelius: Masonic Ritual Music / Jurmu, Viitanen, Hyokki

Sibelius / Jurmu / Lahti Symphony Orch / Kuusisto
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1977   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu JurmuHarri ViitanenMika PohjonenPauli Pietilainen
Conductor:  Matti HyokkiJaakko Kuusisto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  YL Male Voice ChoirLahti Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Freemasonry had reached Finland via Sweden in the mid-eighteenth century, but was banned after the country became part of Russia in 1809. In early 1922, after Finland had established its independence, a new Masonic lodge was formed – Suomi Lodge No.1. Among its first members was Jean Sibelius, who initially served as the lodge’s organist. At lodge meetings, Sibelius would played the harmonium, performing music by Mozart, Beethoven and Handel as well as improvising – at times so enthusiastically that he would have to be called to order by the Grand Master. It was also suggested that Sibelius should compose ‘special, genuinely Finnish music for the lodge’, but this did not happen until some years later, when he received a proper commission – Read more and a fee – for the task. His Masonic Ritual Music, or Musique religieuse, received its first complete performance on 12th January 1927, but Sibelius returned to the work some twenty years later, adding two movements – Ode to Fraternity and Hymn – which are believed to be his last original compositions. The Masonic Ritual Music centres around a series of songs for tenor and organ, the number, order and texts of which vary between the original manuscripts and the various editions. The organ version on the present disc is the first recording to follow the original song text, according to Sibelius’s manuscripts. This CD also includes an arrangement of the score, made by Jaakko Kuusisto at the request of the Finnish Freemasons for a special celebration concert held at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti. Read less

Works on This Recording

Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Hannu Jurmu (Tenor), Harri Viitanen (Organ)
Conductor:  Matti Hyokki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  YL Male Voice Choir
Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Mika Pohjonen (Tenor), Pauli Pietilainen (Organ)
Conductor:  Jaakko Kuusisto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra

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