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Baltic Voices / Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2908793  
Composer:  Veljo TormisPeteris VasksSven-David SandströmArvo Pärt,   ... 
Performer:  Tiit KogermannIris OjaAarne TalvikKaia Galina Urb,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber ChoirTallinn Chamber OrchestraRaschčr Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the pioneers in exploring the music of the Baltic Countries in the last years of the twentieth century, Paul Hillier has always been a passionate advocate for the choral heritage of these northern lands both sacred and secular. This specially-priced set brings together all three volumes of harmonia mundi's critically acclaimed Baltic Voices series. Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir as they trace the Balto-Finnic folksong tradition through the works of Jean Sibelius, Cyrillus Kreek, Erik Bergman and Veljo Tormis.

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Review excerpts of previously released volumes included in this set:

Baltic Voices 1 / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The
Read more opulent textures of this music suit the choir well, and the singers once again prove that they are world-class performers in all respects. They produce a rich ensemble sound, one that is well served by the wide-open sonics.

– MusicWeb International

Baltic Voices 2 / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir


Once again, Hillier and his first-rate choir touch us with exemplary renditions of rare yet extraordinary repertoire that truly does make its respective points, both spiritual and musical--recorded in very fine, well-balanced sound.

– ClassicsToday

Baltic Voices 3 / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Director Paul Hillier has again chosen repertoire that's not just a series of highlights but that also makes sense as a program. Yes, it's a difficult one on many levels, but listeners interested in exploring beyond the choral music world in which most of us mortals reside and perform will be at least enlightened if not compelled to hear more.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Latvian Bourdon Songs by Veljo Tormis
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Dona nobis pacem by Peteris Vasks
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996/1997; Latvia 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Hear My Prayer, O Lord by Sven-David Sandström
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
...which was the son of... by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Suite de Lorca, Op. 72 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Finland 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
6.
Es ist genug by Sven-David Sandström
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Psalms of David: Bless the Lord, O my soul by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Estonian 
8.
Psalms of David: Happy is the Man by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Estonian 
9.
Psalms of David: O Lord, I call to Thee by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Estonian 
10.
Psalms of David: The sun will not strike you by day by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Estonian 
11.
Gloria Patri: Surrexit Christus by Urmas Sisask
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Finland 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Gloria Patri: Omnis una by Urmas Sisask
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Finland 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Gloria Patri: Benedicamus Patrem by Urmas Sisask
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Finland 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Gloria Patri: Oremus by Urmas Sisask
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Finland 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Gloria Patri: Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus by Urmas Sisask
Performer:  Tiit Kogermann (Tenor), Iris Oja (Alto), Aarne Talvik (Bass),
Kaia Galina Urb (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Finland 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
On Leaving by Galina Grigorjeva
Performer:  Tiit Kogermann (Tenor), Vladimir Miller (Bass)
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Estonia 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 21 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
17.
Sacred Hymns (3) by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USSR 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
18.
And then in silence there with me be only you by Toivo Tulev
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 13 Minutes 34 Secs. 
19.
Winter Hymn by Per Norgaard
Performer:  Kaia Galina Urb (Soprano), Eha Pärg (Soprano), Mati Turi (Tenor),
Iris Oja (Alto)
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Dome Church, Haapsalu, Estonia 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
The Stomping Bride by Vaclovas Augustinas
Performer:  Kaia Urb (Percussion), Tonu Joesaar (Viola Da Gamba), Tiit Kogermann (Percussion),
Madis Metsamart (Percussion), Leonora Palu (Recorder), Iris Oja (Percussion),
Neeme Punder (Recorder), Ene Nael (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
21.
Konstateringer by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgree
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Nuits, adieux by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
23.
The dazzled eye lost its speech by Rytis Mazulis
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Lithuanian 
24.
Galgenlieder (4), Op. 51b by Erik Bergman
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
25.
Alleluia by Algirdas Martinaitis
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
26.
Meditatio by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Raschčr Saxophone Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
27.
Kurpian Songs (5), Op. 75 by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Length: 23 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Polish 

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