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Riemuitkaamme! - A Finnish Christmas

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Hector Berlioz
Dietrich Buxtehude
Hans Leo Hassler
Arvi Karvonen
Heikki Klemetti
Taneli Kuusisto
Armas Maasalo
Leevi Madetoja
Philipp Nicolai
Caspar Othmayr
The Piae Cantiones
Michael Praetorius
Einojuhani Rautavaara
Max Reger
Samuel Scheidt
Johann Hermann Schein
Jean Sibelius
Ahti Sonninen
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Matthew Whittall
Performer Helsinki Chamber Choir
Jan Lehtola
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2322 SACD
EAN 7318599923222
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2017
Total time 73'50

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.
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  Johann Sebastian Bach, Philipp Nicolai
01 Wachet auf – Synkkä yö maan peitti aivan 9'27
  Jean Sibelius
02 En etsi valtaa, loistoa (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp) 2'43
  Leevi Madetoja
03 Arkihuolesi kaikki heitä (Throw Off All Your Daily Cares) 1'38
  The Piae Cantiones, Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Hermann Schein,  Bach Johann Sebastian
04 Puer natus in Bethlehem / Synnytti piltin Bethlehem 7'04
  Taneli Kuusisto
05 Pastorale, Op. 18 No. 2 4'56
  Hector Berlioz
06 Paimenten jäähyväiset pyhälle perheelle (L’Adieu des Bergers) 4'21
  Armas Maasalo
07 Joulun kellot (Christmas Bells) 3'07
  The Piae Cantiones, Jean Sibelius
08 Ecce novum gaudium 2'41
  The Piae Cantiones, Jean Sibelius, Heikki Klemetti
09 Angelus emittitur / Enkel’ alas liihottaa 4'13
  Jean Sibelius
10 On lapsonen syntynyt meille (A Child is Born Unto Us) 3'07
  Matthew Whittall
11 Aattoilta (Christmas Eve) 3'30
  Bach Johann Sebastian, Michael Praetorius, Hans Leo Hassler, Caspar Othmayr, Max Reger
12 Enkeli taivaan lausui näin (Vom Himmel hoch) 7'10
  Einojuhani Rautavaara
13 Christmas Carol 4'11
  Ahti Sonninen
14 Jouluhymni (Christmas Hymn) 2'51
  Arvi Karvonen
15 Pastorale 4'52
  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
16 Jeesuslapsen tarhassa (Christ, when a Child, a Garden Made) 3'49
  Trad. (Folk Song from Silesia)
17 Maa on niin kaunis (Glorious is the Earth [Fairest Lord Jesus]) 2'21
  Album total 73'50
ComposerBach Johann Sebastian
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Berlioz, Hector
Buxtehude, Dietrich
Hassler, Hans Leo
Karvonen, Arvi
Klemetti, Heikki
Kuusisto, Taneli
Maasalo, Armas
Madetoja, Leevi
Nicolai, Philipp
Othmayr, Caspar
Piae Cantiones, The
Praetorius, Michael
Rautavaara, Einojuhani
Reger, Max
Scheidt, Samuel
Schein, Johann Hermann
Sibelius, Jean
Sonninen, Ahti
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Trad. (Folk Song from Silesia)
Whittall, Matthew
OrganLehtola, Jan
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