Baltic Voices / Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Release Date: 2/16/2018
Catalog Number: HMX2908793
Conductor: Paul Hillier
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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Latvian Bourdon Songs by Veljo Tormis
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982 ;
2. Dona nobis pacem by Peteris Vasks
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1996/1997 ; Latvia
3. Hear My Prayer, O Lord by Sven-David Sandström
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ; Sweden
4. ...which was the son of... by Arvo Pärt
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2000 ; Germany
5. Suite de Lorca, Op. 72 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1973 ; Finland
6. Es ist genug by Sven-David Sandström
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ; Sweden
7. Psalms of David: Bless the Lord, O my soul by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Estonia
8. Psalms of David: Happy is the Man by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Estonia
9. Psalms of David: O Lord, I call to Thee by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Estonia
10. Psalms of David: The sun will not strike you by day by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Estonia
11. Gloria Patri: Surrexit Christus by Urmas Sisask
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; Finland
12. Gloria Patri: Omnis una by Urmas Sisask
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; Finland
13. Gloria Patri: Benedicamus Patrem by Urmas Sisask
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; Finland
14. Gloria Patri: Oremus by Urmas Sisask
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; Finland
15. Gloria Patri: Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus by Urmas Sisask
Performer: Tiit Kogermann (Tenor), Aarne Talvik (Bass), Kaia Galina Urb (Soprano), Iris Oja (Alto)
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; Finland
16. On Leaving by Galina Grigorjeva
Performer: Tiit Kogermann (Tenor), Vladimir Miller (Bass)
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1999 ; Estonia
17. Sacred Hymns (3) by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; USSR
18. And then in silence there with me be only you by Toivo Tulev
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
19. Winter Hymn by Per Norgaard
Performer: Mati Turi (Tenor), Kaia Galina Urb (Soprano), Eha Pärg (Soprano), Iris Oja (Alto)
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
20. The Stomping Bride by Vaclovas Augustinas
Performer: Tonu Joesaar (Viola da Gamba), Tiit Kogermann (Percussion), Madis Metsamart (Percussion), Neeme Punder (Recorder), Kaia Urb (Percussion), Iris Oja (Percussion), Leonora Palu (Recorder), Ene Nael (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Paul Hillier
21. Konstateringer by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgree
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
22. Nuits, adieux by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
23. The dazzled eye lost its speech by Rytis Mazulis
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
24. Galgenlieder (4), Op. 51b by Erik Bergman
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; Finland
25. Alleluia by Algirdas Martinaitis
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
26. Meditatio by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
27. Kurpian Songs (5), Op. 75 by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Period: 20th Century
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