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Sibelius – Masonic Ritual Music

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Catalogue numberBIS-1977 CD
Release date2013-09-10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time72:05

Album of the week, 30/12/2014;

”…well-prepared performances. The YL chorus are, as one expects under their principal conductor, flawless in Sibelius and Harri Viitanen is splendid in the organ loft. Tenor Hannu Jurmu…sings with great expression. So, too, does Mika Pohjonen…” Gramophone 02/2014

Freemasonry had reached Finland via Sweden in the mid-eighteenth century, but was banned after the country became part of Russia in 1809. In early 1922, after Finland had established its independence, a new Masonic lodge was formed – Suomi Lodge No.1. Among its first members was Jean Sibelius, who initially served as the lodge’s organist. At lodge meetings, Sibelius would played the harmonium, performing music by Mozart, Beethoven and Handel as well as improvising – at times so enthusiastically that he would have to be called to order by the Grand Master. It was also suggested that Sibelius should compose ‘special, genuinely Finnish music for the lodge’, but this did not happen until some years later, when he received a proper commission – and a fee – for the task. His Masonic Ritual Music, or Musique religieuse, received its first complete performance on 12th January 1927, but Sibelius returned to the work some twenty years later, adding two movements – Ode to Fraternity and Hymn – which are believed to be his last original compositions. The Masonic Ritual Music centres around a series of songs for tenor and organ, the number, order and texts of which vary between the original manuscripts and the various editions. The organ version on the present disc is the first recording to follow the original song text, according to Sibelius’s manuscripts. This CD also includes an arrangement of the score, made by Jaakko Kuusisto at the request of the Finnish Freemasons for a special celebration concert held at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti.
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Extra material for download
01 Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) 1927/E flat major 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
02 Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) 1948/G major 02:09 $ 0.45 USD
03 Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar:
Thoughts Be Our Comfort)
01:47 $ 0.37 USD
04 Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar:
Thoughts Be Our Comfort)
02:05 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  I°. Kulkue ja hymni (First Degree. Procession and Hymn) 02:49
05 Kulkue (Procession) 01:16 $ 0.27 USD
06 Hymni: Näätkö, kuinka hennon yrtin (Hymn: Though Young
Leaves Be Green)
01:33 $ 0.33 USD
07 Ylistyshymni (Hymn) 02:17 $ 0.48 USD
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  II°. Kulkue ja hymni (Second Degree. Procession and Hymn) 04:29
08 Kulkue (Procession) 02:23 $ 0.50 USD
09 Hymni: Kellä kaipuu rinnassansa (Hymn: Whosoever Hath a
02:06 $ 0.44 USD
10 Veljesvirsi (Ode to Fraternity) 02:28 $ 0.52 USD
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  III°. Kulkue ja hymni (Third Degree. Procession and Hymn) 04:45
11 Kulkue (Procession) 03:19 $ 0.70 USD
12 Hymni: Ken kyynelin (Hymn: Who Ne’er Hath Blent His Bread
with Tears)
01:26 $ 0.30 USD
13 Surumarssi (Marche funèbre) 05:56 $ 1.25 USD
14 Salem (Onward, Ye Brethren) 02:46 $ 0.58 USD
15 Suur’ olet, Herra (Ode) 01:51 $ 0.39 USD
16 On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!) 01:56 $ 0.41 USD
17 Finlandia-hymni (Finlandia Hymn) 02:06 $ 0.44 USD
18 Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) 02:08 $ 0.45 USD
19 Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar:
Thoughts Be Our Comfort)
01:58 $ 0.41 USD
20 I°. Kulkue ja hymni: Näätkö, kuinka hennon yrtin (First
Degree. Procession and Hymn: Though Young Leaves Be Green)
02:38 $ 0.55 USD
21 Ylistyshymni (Hymn) 02:44 $ 0.57 USD
22 II°. Kellä kaipuu rinnassansa (Second Degree: Whosoever
Hath a Love)
01:48 $ 0.38 USD
23 Veljesvirsi (Ode to Fraternity) 02:55 $ 0.61 USD
24 III°. Kulkue ja hymni: Ken kyynelin (Third Degree.
Procession and Hymn: Who Ne’er Hath Blent His Bread with
03:26 $ 0.72 USD
25 Surumarssi (Marche funèbre) 04:50 $ 1.02 USD
26 Salem (Onward, Ye Brethren) 02:57 $ 0.62 USD
27 Suur’ olet, Herra (Ode) 02:22 $ 0.50 USD
28 On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!) 01:48 $ 0.38 USD
  Album total 72:05
ComposerSibelius, Jean
OrganPietilainen (Pietiläinen), Pauli
Viitanen, Harri
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Kuusisto, Jaakko
ChoirYL Male Voice Choir
TenorJurmu, Hannu
Pohjonen, Mika
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra

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