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YL – the Voice of Sibelius

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1433 CD
Release date2008-04-10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time79:46

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.
Extra material for download
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Six Songs, Op.18 for male choir a cappella 11:15
01 1. Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice) 01:20 $ 0.14 USD
02 2. Terve kuu (Hail, O Moon) 03:10 $ 0.33 USD
03 3. Venematka (The Boat Journey) 01:34 $ 0.16 USD
04 4. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island) 01:23 $ 0.15 USD
05 5. Metsämiehen laulu (The Woodsman’s Song) 01:36 $ 0.17 USD
06 6. Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart) 02:12 $ 0.23 USD
07 Rakastava (The Lover) for tenor, male choir and string
orchestra, JS160b
06:28 $ 0.68 USD
08 Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapids-Rider’s Brides) for
male choir and orchestra, Op.33
08:36 $ 0.90 USD
09 Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire) for baritone, male choir
and orchestra, Op.32
11:20 $ 1.19 USD
10 Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen) for male choir and
orchestra, Op.48
09:21 $ 0.98 USD
11 Hymn (Natus in curas) for male choir a cappella, Op.21 03:55 $ 0.41 USD
12 Kuutamolla (In the Moonlight) for male choir a cappella,
01:53 $ 0.20 USD
13 Isänmaalle (To the Fatherland) for male choir a cappella,
01:47 $ 0.19 USD
14 Veljeni vierailla mailla (My Brothers Abroad) for male choir
a cappella, JS217
03:13 $ 0.34 USD
15 Har du mod? (Have You Courage?) for male choir and
orchestra, Op.31 No.2
01:38 $ 0.17 USD
16 Laulu Lemminkäiselle (A Song for Lemminkäinen) for male
choir and orchestra, Op.31 No.1
04:08 $ 0.43 USD
17 Jääkärien marssi (March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion)
for male choir and orchestra, Op.91a
02:23 $ 0.25 USD
18 Till havs (To Sea) for male choir a cappella, Op.84 No.5 01:59 $ 0.21 USD
  Two Songs for male choir a cappella, Op.108 06:12
19 1. Humoreski (Humoresque) 03:28 $ 0.36 USD
20 2. Ne pitkän matkan kulkijat (Wanderers on the Long Way) 02:44 $ 0.29 USD
21 Finlandia-Hymni (Finlandia Hymn) for male choir a cappella,
from Op.26
02:05 $ 0.22 USD
  Album total 79:46
ChoirYL Male Voice Choir
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Vänskä, Osmo
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
TenorNyman, Tom
BaritoneHakala, Tommi

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