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

Release Date: 1/5/2018
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2322
Performer: Jan Lehtola
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 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.
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)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1748-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
1. Piae Cantiones: Ecce Novum Gaudium by Anonymous
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
2. Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1: no 4, Give me no splendour, gold or pomp by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895-1909 ; Finland
2. Piae Cantiones: Angelus Emittitur by Anonymous
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
3. Songs of Youth, Op. 20b: no 5, Arkihuolesi kaikki heitä (Cast Off Thy Everyday Cares) by Leevi Madetoja
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Modern
3. Aattoiltab by Matthew Whittall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
4. Puer natus in Bethlehem by Michael Praetorius
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1619 ; Germany
4. Christmas Carol by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
5. Pastorale for Organ, Op. 18 no 2 by Taneli Kuusisto
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
5. Maa on niin kaunis by Traditional
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
6. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850-1854 ; France
7. Joulun kellot by Armas Maasalo
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Modern
8. On lapsonen syntynyt meille by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
9. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque
10. Jouluhymni by Ahti Sonninen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
11. Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 5, Legend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Russia
12. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque
13. Christmas Carol by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
14. Jouluhymni by Ahti Sonninen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
15. Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 5, Legend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Russia
16. Maa on niin kaunis by Traditional
Performer: Jan Lehtola (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir
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