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Curse Upon Iron: Works For Male Choir By Veljo Tormis

Tormis / Orphei Drangar Male Voice Choir
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1993   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Veljo Tormis
Performer:  Andreas AlinGunnar SundbergHenrik StolareMagnus Einarsson,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A modern shaman is how Veljo Tormis (b.1930) has been described. In his large production, chiefly composed for a cappella choir, he utilizes ancient chants and magic charms, as well as the typically Estonian runic songs, regilaulud. Indeed Curse upon Iron, his best-known score, even includes a shaman drum. Much of the music of Tormis, who began composing during the 1950s, mirrors his steadfast devotion to an Estonian identity in the face of Soviet occupation, with traditional ways of life, such as farming and fishing, resonating in pieces such as Helletused - based on ancient herding calls - Spell upon Flax (from the three Shrovetide songs) and Songs of the Ancient Sea. But there are also works, such as the two Hamlet's Songs, that seem to Read more echo the bleak mood of Soviet Estonia, while The Viru Oath is one of Tormis's most overtly political compositions, written in 1980 during the so-called 'stagnation period' in which the thaw following Stalin's death was halted. With Stars, from Kaksikpühendus (Double Dedication), the disc closes on a more lyrical and personal note - another strand in the composer's rich repertoire. The informative liner notes to this selection of works for male-voice choir composed between 1962 and 1996 are by Mimi S. Daitz, author of a biography of Veljo Tormis. As she explains, even when Tormis does not use traditional tunes, he incorporates their scales and intervals into his melodies and harmonies, thus creating a unique sound. Divisions of voices into separate lines play an important part in Tormis's orchestration of voices, and another characteristic is his rhythmic ingenuity. The various demands this places on the performers are amply fulfilled by Cecilia Rydinger Alin and Orphei Drängar, described in Choir and Organ as 'a tremendous choir, with superb technique and an immense, expressive range'. Further variety is added by a number of guest soloists, including the internationally acclaimed soprano Elin Rombo. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Incantation for a Stormy Sea by Veljo Tormis
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Once We Will Reappear by Veljo Tormis
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Kolm mul oli kaunist sona (I Had Three Beautiful Words), for male chorus & flute by Veljo Tormis
Performer:  Andreas Alin (Flute)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Shrovetide Songs by Veljo Tormis
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Litany to Thunder by Veljo Tormis
Performer:  Gunnar Sundberg (), Henrik Stolare (), Magnus Einarsson ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Singer's Childhood by Veljo Tormis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Herding Calls by Veljo Tormis
Performer:  Elin Rombo ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Invocation of Iron by Veljo Tormis
Performer:  Folke Alin (Shaman Drum), Henrik Stolare (), Gunnar Sundberg ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Songs of the Ancient Sea by Veljo Tormis
Performer:  Magnus Sjogren ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Hamlet’s Songs by Veljo Tormis
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Double Dedication "Diptych" by Veljo Tormis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Uppsala University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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