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YL: The voice of Sibelius

Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir, Matti Hyokki, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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6 Partsongs, Op. 18  
1
I. Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:20
2
II. Terve kuu (Hail, O Moon!)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
3:10
3
III. Venemakta (The Boat Journey)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:34
4
IV. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:23
5
V. Metsämiehen laulu (Forest Invocation)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:36
6
VI. Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
2:12
7
Rakastava, Op. 14, JS 160c (The Lover)
Jean Sibelius; Tom Nyman; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
6:28
8
Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapid-Rider's Brides), Op. 33
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
8:36
9
Tulen Synty (The Origin of Fire), Op. 32 (original version)
Jean Sibelius; Tommi Hakala; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
11:20
10
Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen), Op. 48 (version for Male Chorus and Orchestra)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
9:21
11
Hymn (Natus in curas), Op. 21
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
3:55
12
Kuutamolla (In the Moonlight), JS 114
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:53
13
Isanmaalle (To the Fatherland), JS 98b (1899 version)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:47
14
Veljeni vierailla maalla (Song of Exile), JS 217
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
3:13
15
Har du mod? (Have You Courage?), Op. 31, No. 2 (1st version)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
1:38
16
Laulu Lemminkaiselle (A Song for Lemminkainen), Op. 31, No. 1
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
4:08
17
Jaakarien marssi (Jager March), Op. 91a (version for Male Chorus and Orchestra)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
2:23
5 Partsongs, Op. 84 (preliminary version)  
18
No. 5. Till havs (At Sea)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
1:59
2 Partsongs, Op. 108  
19
I. Humoreski
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
3:28
20
II. Ne pitkän matkan kulkijat (Wanderers on the Long Way)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
2:44
21
Finlandia-hymni (version for Male Chorus)
Jean Sibelius; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir; Matti Hyokki
2:05
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:13
YL Male Voice Choir was founded in 1883 – 125 years ago – under the auspices of the Helsinki University. Two years later Jean Sibelius became a student at the conservatory in Helsinki, and soon what would become a long and fruitful collaboration began. When the composer made his breakthrough with Kullervo in 1892, singers from YL formed the backbone of the choir, and when he started to write for male choir a cappella the following year his first work was Venematka (The Boat Journey), composed for the choir’s tenth anniversary. After that, a majority of Sibelius's most famous works for male choir were commissioned and premiered by YL, which has never ceased to be regarded as the foremost exponent of Sibelius’s music for male choir – the voice of Sibelius!

The present programme includes both a cappella works and works for male choir and orchestra, in which YL is supported by Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä. It takes us through a variety of moods and themes: from the brief and very moving Sydämeni laulu – a lullaby for a dead child – to Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire), a re-telling of the ancient Kalevala legend of how fire came into the world, as well as the patriotic sentiments of Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen) and, of course, the hymn from Finlandia, probably Sibelius’s most famous composition, here in a choral version.
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