Veljo Tormis Information Archive and Homepage Update Log

November 1, 2004

Apologies for the lack of updates in the last several months. I will try to make amends in the next several weeks with as much information as possible. For now at least, here is an update to the Veljo Tormis Discography page with a link to the disc detail page for the Vision of Estonia II disc on Alba Records.
April 10, 2004

Added information on a Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Munich)/Thomas Dausgaard (Tallinn, Estonia) April 30, 2004 concert on the eve of Estonia joining the European Union, which will include a performance of Avamäng nr. 2 (Overture No. 2) and a Musica Sacra/Mary Beekman (Cambridge, MA., USA) May 22, 2004 concert (with a *thanks* to Michael Borum) which will include a performance of Ingerimaa õhtud (Ingrian Evenings) to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
Added April 14th, 16th, and 20th 2004 Mezzo TV (French/European Satellite/PayTV Channel) broadcasts of RM Associates Film The Tormis Ring to the Veljo Tormis Internet Radio and Television Broadcasts Page.
April 7, 2004

Added disc detail pages for several vinyl LPs including Laulavad TPI koorid (The TPI Choirs Sing) Melodiya C10 24765 000 (1986), Laulujen silta (Songs Building Bridges) Finlandia Records FAD 914 (1985), RAM 35 (Estonian State Academic Male Choir 35) Melodiya C10 13137-8 (1979), Veljo Tormis - Kolm laulu eeposest/Liivlaste pärandus/Jaanilaulud (Three songs from the epic/Livonian Heritage/St. John's Eve Songs Melodiya 33CM 02845-6 (1971) and Lastekoorid (Children's Choirs) Melodiya 33D 024547-8 (1969) and linked to them from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
March 9, 2004

Added information on an Oregon State University Chamber Choir (USA) March 11, 2004 concert which will include a performance of Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron) and Tegenlicht Chamber Choir (Netherlands) March 20 & 21, 2004 concerts (with a *thanks* for information to Cécile Delacour) which will include performances of Sügismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes) and Mikrokosmos Chamber Choir (France) May 1 & 2, 2004 concerts (with a *thanks* for information to Poul Orsted) which will include several Veljo Tormis works as an Hommage à Tormis to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
February 17, 2004

Added late information on the Winnipeg New Music Festival concert which included a performance of Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron) of January 29, 2004 to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page (but see Radio Broadcasts for a February 22, 2004 broadcast of this).
Added February 24, 2004 ETV Television Broadcast of The Tormis Ring and a March 6, 2004 Swedish Radio broadcast including Vallrop to the Veljo Tormis Internet Radio and Television Broadcasts Page.
Reconfirmed the SULASOL pricing for works listed as published by the YL Helsinki University Chorus on the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index.
February 14, 2004

Updated SULASOL phone numbers, weblinks and ordering information on the pages for the Veljo Tormis works published by the YL Helsinki University Chorus and by Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab on the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index page with *thanks* to Reijo Kekkonen of SULASOL.
February 7, 2004

Added new March 13 and 14, 2004 concerts in Vancouver, Canada by Chor Leoni conducted by Robert Sund which will feature the Veljo Tormis work Laulja (The Singer) to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page. 
Added broadcast information on a February 22, 2004 radio and internet pre-recorded broadcast from Winnipeg, Canada by the Winnipeg Singers which will feature the Veljo Tormis work Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron) to the Veljo Tormis Internet Radio and Television Broadcasts Page.
Added a new Japanese compact disc Natus in curas - in honor of Chiune Sugihara by the Waseda University Glee Club conducted by Chifuru Matsubara which includes the Veljo Tormis works Muistse mere laulud (Songs of the Ancient Sea) and Incantatio maris aestuosi (A Charm to Still the Waves) to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
January 30, 2004

Added a new January 31, 2004 concert in Gent, Belgium by the Goeyvaerts Consort conducted by Marc Michael De Smet which will feature the Veljo Tormis work Jaanilaulud to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
January 5, 2004

Added new March 12 and 14, 2004 concerts in New York City, USA by the New Amsterdam Singers conducted by Clara Longstreth which feature the Veljo Tormis work Early Summer's Fairy Tale from Two Songs after Ernst Enno and early information on Veljo Tormis works to be performed at the 2004 Estonian Song Festival (July 2 to 4, 2004 in Tallinn, Estonia) to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page and moved concerts earlier than today's date to archive them at the Veljo Tormis Concert Archive Page
Added a January 18, 2004 Canadian CBC Radio and Internet broadcast to the Veljo Tormis Radio and Television Broadcasts Page.
Added a disc detail page for the 3 CD boxset Läbilõige Eesti Koorimuusikast (Review of Estonian Choral Music) and linked to it from the the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
December 20, 2003

Added new concerts on January 10, 11, & 12, 2004 in Portland, Oregon, USA with the Oregon Symphony under Guest Conductor Eri Klas which feature the Veljo Tormis work Overture No. 2 to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
Added a December 28, 2003 broadcast of the documentary film The Tormis Ring on Estonian Television to the Veljo Tormis Radio and Television Broadcasts Page

Added the new Japanese compact discs Baltic Choral Works Volume 1 (Estonia) and Volume 2 (Estonia) to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
December 6, 2003

Added new March 6, 7 & 13, 2004 concerts in Virginia, USA by the Master Singers of Virginia conducted by Erik Reid Jones which feature the Veljo Tormis cycles Livonian Heritage and Ingrian Evenings to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
December 1, 2003

Added new December 6, 7 & 13, 2003 concerts in California, USA by the Peninsula Women's Chorus conducted by Martin Benvenuto which feature the Veljo Tormis work Winter Patterns to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page and moved concerts earlier than today's date to archive them at the Veljo Tormis Concert Archive Page
October 27, 2003

Apologies for the delay in updates which has been caused by space problems on the server which have been at least temporarily fixed. Added biographical information on Veljo Tormis on a new Veljo Tormis Biography Page .
September 1, 2003

Archived concerts from the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page and moved them to the Veljo Tormis Concert Archive Page. Added quotes from a particularly rave review from Larry L. Lash in the August 29, 2003 issue of the Financial Times to the August 23, 2003 listing of the Baltic Sea Festival concert in the Concert Archive as well. Added further tentative November 7 and 9, 2003 Toronto, Canada dates to the 2003 North American Tour by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier.
July 5, 2003

Updated the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page with information on a September 30, 2003 concert at the World Music Days in Ljubljana, Slovenia and early partial information on the 2003 North American Tour by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier (Oct. 24 to Nov.?, 2003)
June 30, 2003

Posted the disc detail pages for the CDs Talla Vocal Ensemble:A Day in Paradise on Finlandia Records 3984-21560-2 and Chor Leoni:goin' home on Skylark Music 0102 and linked to them from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
Updated the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page with information on the Santa Fe Desert Chorale/Dennis Shrock summer season concerts during July, 2003 and the Mikrokosmos Chamber Choir/Loïc Pierre concerts on September 27, 2003 and October 12, 2003 and also posted early notice of a major concert (autori kontsert) for May, 2004 of Veljo Tormis works and July, 2004 tour to Estonia (also by Mikrokosmos/Pierre).
Corrected some scrambled unicode encoding on the Veljo Tormis Concert Archive Page.
June 21, 2003

Posted the disc detail pages for the recent 2002 CD release University of Pretoria Camerata: Voice of Africa Guild GMCD 7246, and the earlier 1992 double CD/LP set Veljo Tormis:Forgotten Peoples ECM 1459/60, and the 1979 LP Veljo Tormis: Teoseid meeskoorile (Works for male choir) Melodiya C10-13959-60 and linked to them from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
Updated the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page with information on a Baltic Voices I concert at the Bremen Musikfestspiele on September 6, 2003 (EPCC/Hillier) and a major concert of Veljo Tormis works at the Festival Fest der Kontinent in Berlin on September 21, 2003 (EPCC/Kaljuste) and also confirmed the programme information for the August 23, 2003 Veljo Tormis works concert at the Baltic Sea Festival (EPCC/ Kaljuste).
Added early known information on a new RM Associates/ETV video documentary film The Tormis Circle to Veljo Tormis Videography Page.
June 15, 2003

Posted the disc detail pages for the new releases Veljo Tormis:Choral Works Apex Finlandia 0927-49871-2 and Orphei Drängar:Diamonds BIS CD-1233 and the earlier releases Madchenchor Hannover:Kaleidoskop 2 gutingi 223, Madchenchor Hannover:Concert for a new Millennium gutingi 228, The Hilliard Ensemble:A Hilliard Songbook - New Music for Voices ECM New Series 1614/15 , The Hilliard Ensemble with Jan Garbarek:Mnemosyne ECM New Series 1700/01 and Eesti Heliloojad/Estonian Composers 1 Eesti Raadio ERCD 031 and added and linked to them from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
Updated the ISMN Numbers for several scores in the Veljo Tormis Works Published by Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab Page based on the Spring 2003 Highlights No. 13 Newsletter from Gehrmanns Musikförlag & Fennica Gehrman.
June 7, 2003

Posted tomorrow's Estonian Radio broadcast of the Estonian premiere of Veljo Tormis Kullervo's Message (1994) by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Hillier to the Veljo Tormis Radio Broadcasts Page and added the associated EPCC concerts to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
Posted the disc detail pages for the CDs
Veljo Tormis: People of Kalevala. Finlandia Records 0630-12245-2 and Veljo Tormis: Bridge of Song. Finlandia Records 4509-96937-2 and linked to them from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
Last, but not least, since the previous update the majority of all of the Veljo Tormis pages have been converted to Unicode UTF-8 encoding from the previous Western European encoding in order to ensure more reliable and consistent international readability. **Enormous thanks** to Tõnu Tormis (EPCC bass singer, creative photographer and now part-time webmaster) for his patience and good humour and excellent work on this task. **Suur tänu!!**
May 26, 2003

Loaded the music publisher page for Kirjastus Muusika and linked to it from the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index. Loaded the disc detail page for the 1978 EP Teeme muusikat (Let's Make Music) Melodiya C72 08395-6 by the Ellerhein Children's Choir conducted by Heino Kaljuste and linked to it from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. All of the above were done in Unicode UTF-8 encoding as were the updates to the 5 disc detail pages loaded on May 20, 2003 (see below) which should all be correctly viewable now.
May 22, 2003

Continued testing Unicode UTF-8 encoding and corrected Estonian lettering on this Update Log page. Encoding for the 5 disc pages loaded on May 20, 2003 will be adjusted shortly.
May 20, 2003

Continued with the implementation of Unicode UTF-8 encoding for webpages. If you have comments or observations to make about this, especially if you are still encountering viewing problems, please advise of this to me at my email address alan.teder@sympatico.ca. Added disc detail pages for the CDs Estonian National Male Choir:Küll ma laulaks (Yes, I'll Sing) Eesti Raadio ERCD 024, Tallinn Chamber Choir:Areng (Development) Forte Records FD 0063/2, Estonian Radio Mixed Choir:Eepose väljadel (Epic Fields) Forte Records FD 0030/2, and the Estonian National Male Choir:Ühtehoidmiselaulud (Keeping Together) Forte Records FD 0019/2 and linked to them from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Also changed the encoding of one earlier disc page, the Estonian National Male Choir:Muistsed hääled (Ancient Voices) Forte Records FD 0011/2.
May 15-17, 2003

Updated the Latvian character fonts on the SP Muusikaprojekt page and the Franco/Italian character fonts on the Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab page of the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index, in order to attempt a proper representation of titles. Added the detail page for the LP Veljo Tormis: Teoseid meeskoorile (Compositions for Male Choir) Melodiya 33CM 03353-4 from 1973 and linked to it from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page with *thanks* to Doug Maskew. Added several other additions and updates to the Discography page as well.
April 25, 2003

Added the listing for the Veljo Tormis works published by SP Muusikaprojekt to the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index. Added the detail page for the current featured recording Vision of Estonia I by the Estonian National Male Choir / Ants Soots and linked to it from the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Added a new digitally enhanced cover scan for the LP Veljo Tormis (Ellerhein I). Melodiya C10 14085-6 with *thanks and appreciation* to Doug Maskew. Corrected information on the Discography for the double CD by The Hilliard Ensemble: The Hilliard Songbook - New Music for Voices ECM 1614/15.
April 14, 2003

Added, corrected or updated the information on several CDs and LPs on the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Work in progress, but not quite ready for posting this week is an update of the page for Sources for Veljo Tormis Recordings and the addition of the listing for the music publisher SP Muusikaprojekt, Tallinn, Estonia. Look for these additions in the next few weeks.
April 6, 2003

Revised the information on the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page about the August 23, 2003 performance by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the Baltic Sea Festival, which will apparently not be a complete performance of the Forgotten Peoples cycle, but rather selections from that cycle and other works.
Moved the March 2003 concerts to the new Veljo Tormis Concert Archive Page.
Added an Estonian language link for the Ellerhein Girl's Choir Homepage and a link to the English/Estonian language homepage of the Estonian National Male Choir (with *thanks* to Vadiim Baranov) to the Veljo Tormis Related Information and Links Page.
Added information on the purchasing source via Sulasol for the score of Incantatio maris aestuosi to the YL Helsinki University Chorus page and added a listing for the Veljo Tormis works published by music publisher edition 49 and linked to it from the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index.
Added a new limited edition CD of the Estonian Television Girl's Choir live performance at the ACDA National Convention in NYC on February 12, 2003 and several more LPs, and updated the details of other LPs on the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
Added the new partially completed page Sources for Veljo Tormis Recordings (with apologies that not all clicks down the page are working yet) with information and links to various online sources for Compact Discs and some Vinyl LPs.
March 30, 2003

Added Mikrokosmos Chamber Choir / Loïc Pierre concerts in France and Mexico from March to July 2003, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra / Anu Tali concerts in Japan in May 2003, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi concerts in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in January 2004 to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page. Corrected and updated the information on many of the vinyl LP records in the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Posted the Veljo Tormis Related Information and Links Page with huge thanks to Vadiim Baranov for his continued assistance. Added several books to the Veljo Tormis Bibliography Page.
March 22, 2003

Made some edits and corrections on the page for Veljo Tormis scores published by Eres Edition and added pages for the music publishers Carus-Verlag GmbH and YL - Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat and added these links to the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index.
March 14, 2003

Posted the first listing of Veljo Tormis radio and internet broadcasts on the Veljo Tormis Radio Broadcasts Page which is led off by a broadcast on Saturday March 15, 2003 on Estonian Classical Radio of a good sampling of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir's tour programme for their concerts in Italy on March 17 and March 18, 2003. Also updated the information on these same concerts on the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
March 10, 2003

Added the disc detail page for the CD Swan Flight (2002) and added its link to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page.
Added a page for the Veljo Tormis scores published by Eres Edition and added its link to the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index. Also made a few amendments to the list of scores published by Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab.
Added information on the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste concerts in Italy next week (March 17 & 18) which are to include works by Veljo Tormis to the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page.
February 23, 2003

Added the Veljo Tormis Works List and Music Publisher Index with the first detailed listing by the music publishers Fennica Gehrman Oy Ab.
Refined the English title translation of the book Valgeid laike eesti muusikaloost on the Veljo Tormis Bibliography Page with *Thanks*/**Suur tänu**! to Vadiim Baranov for assistance.
Also reorganized the compact disc listing on the the Veljo Tormis Discography Page into four categories. Added the discs Musica Intima:O (1998) and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir:Kaunimad Laulud (1994) As before, discs with updated information on this update are coloured in dark blue on the discography to aid readers in differentiating where the changes/updates are.
February 3, 2003

Added information to several CDs on the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Special *thanks* to Vadiim Baranov for research and scans on the discs Voice of Africa and Tähemõrsja (Star Bride) **Suur tänu**! As before, discs with updated information on this update are coloured in dark blue on the discography to aid readers in differentiating where the changes/updates are. Also made a general update to all pages where Estonian titles are included, in order to ensure consistency with the Estonian language titling convention whereby only the first word of a title is capitalized (except in the case of person or place names).
January 25, 2003

Added data to several CDs and added almost 20 further LPs to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Not all of the details for these records are confirmed as of yet. For all this, we again *thank* Vadiim Baranov for his generous continued assistance especially in tracking down information on the early Melodiya LPs. **Suur tänu**! New additions or discs with increased information on this update are coloured in dark blue on the discography to aid readers in differentiating where the changes/updates are. With this update, the Veljo Tormis Discography has over 100 CDs or EPs/LPs now listed!
Also add the disc detail page for the latest Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir release which contains the World Premiere recording of the Latvian Bourdon Songs by Veljo Tormis. The disc is titled Baltic Voices 1 and is also the premiere recording of the EPCC with their new conductor Paul Hillier.
January 19, 2003

Added several more CDs to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page, primarily from Finnish and Swedish labels. Not all of the details for these CDs are confirmed as of yet.
Added the 1989 book Veljo Tormis by I. Bobõkina to the Veljo Tormis Bibliography Page with *Thanks* to Vadiim Baranov for providing details! An addition to the LP discography from the information in this book will be posted at the next update.
Also made some amendments to the disc detail page for the 1999 reissue Muistsed Hääled - Ancient Voices CD on the Artists Only label and also loaded disc detail page for the 1994 original issue of Muistsed Hääled - Ancient Voices CD on the Forte Records label.
Also uploaded the first listing of the Veljo Tormis Future Concerts Page and the Veljo Tormis Videography Page, with much more research yet to be done.
January 12, 2003

Added 5 more EPs/LPs to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page. Also made typo corrections to the Discography with *Thanks* to Vadiim Baranov. *Thanks* as well to Doug Maskew who found the Anu Kaal - Laule ja Romansse and Eesti Muusika LPs for me. I also want to *Thank* Didier Dragonetti who discovered the 2002 The Dark Age of Camelot CD where Pikse Litaania (Litany of Thunder) and Lauliku Lapsepõli (The Singer's Childhood) are to be found retitled as The Beserker and The Skald respectively.
Loaded the first draft of the Veljo Tormis Bibliography Page with, of course, much work yet to be done.
Also added the disc detail page for the 1999 reissue Muistsed Hääled - Ancient Voices CD on the Artists Only label and also made a few additional notations to the disc detail page for the RAM-3 vinyl LP record.
January 5, 2003

Added about 15 further CDs and LPs to the Veljo Tormis Discography Page with several new identified *thanks* to Vadiim Baranov who wrote to provide further album title and catalogue number and composition and performer details.
Also added the disc detail page for the RAM-3 vinyl LP record.
December 31, 2002

Added the Veljo Tormis Discography Page with an initial listing of compact discs and vinyl records with many yet to be added (with links to detailed pages for the Laulu Palju and Litany of Thunder and Casting a Spell... and the World Youth Choir 1992 CDs and the Veljo Tormis - Ellerhein 1 and Veljo Tormis - Ellerhein 2 LP records). The Estonian liner notes to the two LP records have been translated into English and the translations are linked from the LP detail pages themselves.
September 24, 2002

Opening page is first loaded and background research begins.