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Riemuitkaamme!: A Finnish Christmas / Schweckendiek, Lehtola, Helsinki Chamber Choir


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2322  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachJean SibeliusLeevi MadetojaMichael Praetorius,   ... 
Performer:  Jan LehtolaMirjam SolomonJúlia Heéger
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Riemuitkaamme! is an imaginative and unconventional selection of choral music associated with Christmas as it is celebrated in Finland. Several of the pieces are by Finnish composers – Sibelius, Rautavaara and Madetoja, to name a few – while others have become part of the Christmas traditions of the country despite their international background. Among these Berlioz’ The Shepherds’ Farewell and Tchaikovsky’s Christ, when a Child… are quite late additions compared to the medieval hymns Puer natus in Bethlehem, Ecce novum gaudium and Angelus emittitur. All three of these were included in the collection Piae cantiones from 1582, the oldest Finnish music publication. Here, they are performed in settings by various composers from different Read more countries and eras – forming a kind of soundtrack of Christmases past and present, distant and close. Contemporary music forms an important part of the activities of the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Nils Schweckendiek, and true to form, the team includes a world premiere recording in their celebrations: Aattoilta, by the Canadian-born composer Matthew Whittall. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1: no 4, Give me no splendour, gold or pomp by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1909; Finland 
3.
Songs of Youth, Op. 20b: no 5, Arkihuolesi kaikki heitä (Cast Off Thy Everyday Cares) by Leevi Madetoja
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Modern 
4.
Puer natus in Bethlehem by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Germany 
5.
Pastorale for Organ, Op. 18 no 2 by Taneli Kuusisto
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
6.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
7.
Joulun kellot by Armas Maasalo
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Modern 
8.
Piae Cantiones: Ecce Novum Gaudium by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ), Mirjam Solomon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
9.
Piae Cantiones: Angelus Emittitur by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ), Júlia Heéger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
10.
On lapsonen syntynyt meille by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
11.
Aattoiltab by Matthew Whittall
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
12.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13.
Christmas Carol by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
14.
Jouluhymni by Ahti Sonninen
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
15.
Organ Pastorale by Arvi Karvonen
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
16.
Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 5, Legend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
17.
Maa on niin kaunis by Traditional
Performer:  Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Conductor:  Nils Schweckendiek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Chamber Choir

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 Wonderful Christmas Music November 10, 2018 By Michael P. (Grayslake, IL) See All My Reviews "While I lack the requisite qualifications to offer an opinion as to the technical proficiency of the performers, I can say that this collection represents wonderful music beautifully performed. The quality of the recording itself is superb. Very highly recommended." Report Abuse
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