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Sumera: Mushroom Cantata, Etc / Kaljuste, Et Al


Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1560   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lepo Sumera
Performer:  Madis MetsamartJanika LentsiusKadri-Ann Sumera
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber ChoirTallinn Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leop Sumera was one of the great characters in the musical life of his native Estonia. An admired symphonist and a pioneer in electro-acoustic and computer music, he was also an accomplished lecturer and organizer as well as being the Estonian Minister of Culture during the years 1988-1992. Mainly known for his symphonic works - the six symphonies have all be released on BIS in interpretations by Paavo Järvi - Sumera also composed for choir. The four works gathered on this disc were all conceived at the instigation of or in collaboration with Tõnu Kaljuste, who conducts them here. Ranging from a treatment of teh Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg over a catalogue (in Latin) of mushrooms, to the comic wordplay of Concerto per voci Read more e strumenti, the programme creates a many-faceted picture of the composer while displaying the manifold qualitites and abilities of a great choir. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, appearing for the first time on BIS, has become increasingly well known internationally, from performances both with founder and former artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste and with his successor Paul Hillier. Here aided by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Concerto) and a group of actors (Saare piiga), the choir shines in a repertoire, which to a considerable extent was created directly for it. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto per voci e strumenti by Lepo Sumera
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Estonia 
2.
Though Your Homeland May Be in Dark for Long by Lepo Sumera
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Estonia 
3.
Mushroom Cantata by Lepo Sumera
Performer:  Madis Metsamart (Percussion), Janika Lentsius (Flute), Kadri-Ann Sumera (Piano)
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1983; Estonia 
4.
Island Maiden´s Song from the Sea by Lepo Sumera
Performer:  Madis Metsamart (Percussion), Janika Lentsius (Flute), Kadri-Ann Sumera (Piano)
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Estonia 

Sound Samples

Concerto per voci e strumenti (Concerto for voices and instruments): I. Furioso
Concerto per voci e strumenti (Concerto for voices and instruments): II. Moderato
Concerto per voci e strumenti (Concerto for voices and instruments): III. Allegro misterioso
Kui tume veel kauaks ka sinu maa (Though Your Homeland May Be in Dark For Long)
Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata): I. Carmen veris (Spring Song)
Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata): II. Timor (Fear)
Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata): III. Carmen autumnus (Autumn Song)
Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata): IV. Luxuria
Saare piiga laul merest (Island Maiden's Song from the Sea)

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