ECM1687.jpg Veljo Tormis: Litany To Thunder
ECM New Series 1687 (465 223-2 European Edition)
Recorded at the Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia in August 1998. Released in 1999.
Tonmeister:Teije van Geest; Producer:Manfred Eicher; Photos:Tõnu Tormis; An ECM Production.
All compositions by Veljo Tormis (1930-)
Track 1. Kust tunnen kodu (How Can I Recognize My Home) (1973-74) for two sopranos and piano (4:25)
Eve Härma, Kadri Ratt:soprano; Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann:piano
Track 2. Laivassa lauletaan (Singing Aboard Ship) (1983)
for contralto and mixed choir (5:30)
Karin Salumäe:contralto; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 3. Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron) (1972)
for tenor, bass, mixed choir and shaman drum (9:57)
Mati Turi:tenor; Allan Vurma:bass; Toivo Kivi:shaman drum; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 4. Lauliku lapsepõli (The Singer's Childhood) (1966)
for soprano and female choir (2:53)
Raili Jaanson:soprano; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (female voices) / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 5. Muistse mere laulud (Songs of the Ancient Sea) (1979)
for tenor and male choir (8:42)
Mati Turi:tenor; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (male voices) / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 6. Piispa ja pakana (The Bishop and The Pagan) (1992/1995)
for countertenor, two tenors and male choir (10:03)
Kaia Urb:soprano (countertenor part); Mikk Üleoja, Tiit Kogerman:tenor; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (male voices) / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 7. Pikse litaania (Litany To Thunder) (1974)
for tenor, bass, male choir and bass drum (5:05)
Mati Turi:tenor; Allan Vurma:bass; Madis Metsamart:bass drum; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (male voices) / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 8. Haned kadunud (The Lost Geese) (1973-74)
for two sopranos and piano (16:21)
Eve Härma, Kadri Ratt:soprano; Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann:piano
Commissions, Dedications and Awards
This disc won the French Diapason d'or Award for Best Choral Recording for the year 2000.
Music Publishers
The publishing source for the scores on this recording are not identified.
Other Points of Interest and Links
1. The CD booklet contains the texts of Litany To Thunder in the original languages (mostly Estonian but with some Finnish and some Latin) and English. There is a series of notes on the compositions by the composer Veljo Tormis provided in English (translation:Kristin Kuutma), German (translation:Bettina Blumenberg) and French (translation:Martine Passelaigue). There are also eight photographs by the composer's son (and member of the EPCC bass voices) Tõnu Tormis.
2. This recording of Curse Upon Iron is actually the second by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tõnu Kaljuste. The first was recorded in 1981 under the name of the Ellerhein Chamber Choir and it was one of the tracks on their second vinyl LP record released in 1982 on the Melodiya label C10-17089-90. The bass soloist on Curse Upon Iron in 1981 is the same Allan Vurma as appears here on this new disc. It is also interesting to note that although another member of the choir plays the shaman drum part on the new 1998 recording, on the original 1982 album and in all actual live concert performances by the EPCC, the shaman drum is played by Tõnu Kaljuste as he conducts. See the 1982 album in the Tõnu Kaljuste LP Discography here.
3. The ECM Records website has a page for this recording which can be seen here.
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