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Tormis, Veljo - Works For Men's Voices - Svanholm Singers

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Svanholm Singers / Sofia Söderberg-Eberhard

The choral music of Estonian composer Veljo Tormis has been very well treated on disc. Several of those efforts have been reviewed at, including a recent release from the Holst Singers on Hyperion and a pair of Alba recordings from the Estonian National Male Choir. Those discussions also include detailed descriptions of Tormis' choral style, which extends to the works presented here, so I won't repeat that material again--except to say his music is tonal but steeped in close-voicings, pungent dissonances, often dense textures, and wide vocal and dynamic range. The musical material is most often rooted in folksong, drawing from traditional poetic texts and profoundly meaningful works such as the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. Tormis loves repetition of simple melodic and/or rhythmic motifs (as in Forging the Sampo), and is not afraid to employ percussion or the occasional use of whistling or other vocalizations by the singers (Men's Songs; Curse upon
Iron). In these works for men's voices, the writing expects a virtuoso ensemble--there's no other way to achieve the necessary precision in rhythm and intonation, to sustain the energy to build the dramatic force to its full effectiveness, or to allow the harmonies (whether close or open) to resonate with either hair-raising power or warm sensuousness. The 20 singers of this Swedish choir yield to no one in virtuoso technique and musicianship, and their sound is lovely, youthful, and vibrant. From the opening work--a rousing chanting piece whose "text" is simply the word "Tabu!" (taboo)--you know this program is going to be both engaging and unique. And when the choir unleashes those stunning harmonic flourishes near the beginning of the second piece, "I'd like to sing a song", you know you won't be going anywhere for awhile. The excellent programming ensures variety and momentum from track to track while showing various aspects of Tormis' mastery of the medium. (The composer himself even plays drum and anvil on several tracks!) Concluding the disc is the premiere recording of Tormis' male-voice version of Curse upon Iron, one of his finest works--a brilliant anti-war statement drawn from the Kalevala, in which iron is condemned as the evil embodiment of weapons. First-rate sound and Tormis' personal notes on the music ensure the highest recommendation for this compelling, essential release."
(David Vernier,

Artikelnummer TOCC0073
Streckkod 5060113440730
Utgivningsdatum 2012-01-03
Kategori Manskör
Skivbolag Toccata
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Svanholm Singers
Dirigenter Söderberg-Eberhard, Sofia
Kompositörer Tormis, Veljo
Disk: 1
1 Works For Men's Voices
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