eeposevaljadelforte.jpg Veljo Tormis: Eepose väljadel - Epic Fields
Forte - 0030/2
Recorded in Estonia with exact dates not provided. CD released in 1995.
Remastering engineer:Priit Kuulberg; CD Mastering:Enno Mäemets; Executive Producer:Mart Maripuu; Design Concept and Photos:Tõnu Tormis; Design & Layout:Margus Haavamägi.
Compositions by Veljo Tormis (1930-)
Kolm laulu eeposest (Three Songs from the Epic "Kalevipoeg") (1954/1960) [Texts from the Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg", from Sections VII, XVII, and III, respectively]
Track 1. Oh mu hella eidekene (O My Gentle, Tender Mother) (3:29)
Track 2. Murueide tütred
(Daughters of the Meadow Matron) (3:31)
Track 3. Laine veereb
(The Wave Rolls) (5:25)
sarja Jaanilaulud (Eesti kalendrilaulud) (The series Midsummer Night Songs from the cycle Estonian Calendar Songs) (1966-67) [texts from folklore]
Track 4. Kutse Jaanitulele I
(Call to the Midsummer Bonfire I) (1:35)
Track 5. Kutse Jaanitulele II
(Call to the Midsummer Bonfire II) (1:17)
Track 6. Ei ole püssil püütav
(Can't be Caught by the Gun) (1:09)
Track 7. Miks Jaani oodatakse
(Why St. John is Awaited) (1:54)
Track 8. Jaani hobu
(St. John's Steed) (1:16)
Track 9. Tulesõnad
(Fire Spell) (1:01)
Track 10. Jaanilaul
(St. John's Song) (5:34)
Liivlaste pärandus
(1970) tsüklist Unustatud rahvad 1970-1989) (Livonian Heritage, from the cycle Forgotten Peoples) [Authentic Livonian texts adapted by Herbert Tampere]
Track 11. Lindude äratamine
(Waking the Birds) (5:33)
Track 12. Karjametsas
(At Pasture) (3:41)
Track 13. Vastlad
(Shrovetide) (1:51)
Track 14. Unehiireke
(Little Mouse of Sleep (Lullaby)) (2:43)
Track 15. Laulis isa, laulis poega
(Sang the Father, Sang the Son) (3:05)
Track 16. Raua needmine
(Curse Upon Iron) (1972) [Text based on Runo IX from the Finnish national epic Kalevala, translated into Estonian and arranged by August Annist, supplemented by Paul-Eerik Rummo and Jaan Kaplinski] (9:49) P. Siiak, H. Viks:tenor soloists; H. Eerik, I. Johannson:bass soloists; T. Kivi:shaman drum.
Estonian Radio Mixed Choir / Tõnu Kangron (Tracks 1-3) Ants Üleoja (Tracks 4-16)
Premieres, Commissions, Dedications and Awards
The complete cycle of Kolm laulu eeposest was premiered in 1962 by the Estonian Radio Mixed Choir conducted by Jüri Variste. The Eesti kalendrilaulud were written for two large amateur choirs, the Female and Male Choirs of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, and the entire cycle was premiered by them on June 6, 1968 under conductor Arvo Ratassepp (1926-1986). The series Jaanilaulud received the Soviet Estonia Prize in 1970. Liivlaste pärandus was premiered in Tallinn, Estonia on November 28, 1970 by the Estonian Radio Mixed Choir under conductor Ants Üleoja, who also conducts the performance on this recording. Raua needmine was written for the 10th anniversary of the Tallinn Chamber Choir (founded in 1962) and was premiered by them on May 6, 1973 under conductor Arvo Ratassepp (1926-1986). Veljo Tormis himself performed the shaman drum part at the premiere.
Music Publishers
The cycle Kolm laulu eeposest is published by Carus-Verlag. The cycle Jaanilaulud (and the complete Eesti kalendrilaulud), the cycle Liivlaste pärandus (and the complete Unustatud rahvad), and Raua needmine are published by Fennica Gehrman (previously published under the names Warner/Chappell Finland and Edition Fazer, Helsinki).
Other Points of Interest and Links
1. The CD booklet notes in Estonian are by Tiia Järg with a complete English translation by Kristin Kuutma. Complete original texts (in Estonian or Livonian) are provided along with complete translations into English by the translators Jüri Kurman, Kristin Kuutma, Ellen Sillamägi and Eero Vihman.
2. Recording dates are not provided in the disc details. This disc is, however, primarily a remastering of the 1971 Estonian LP Veljo Tormis: Kolm laulu eeposest - Liivlaste pärandus - Jaanilaulud. (Three songs from the Kalevipoeg epic - Livonian Heritage - St. John's Eve Songs) issued as Melodiya 33CM 02845-6 except for Track 16 Raua Needmine which is remastered from the 1975 Estonian LP
Eesti Televiisioni ja Raadio Segakoor (Estonian Television and Radio Mixed Choir) which was issued as Melodiya C10 06045-6.
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