Find music by

Sign up for our newsletter

Sumera - Mushroom Cantata & other choral works

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1560 CD
Release date2005-09-28
Total time68:32

Music Web International: Recording of the Year 2005.

Lepo Sumera was one of the great characters in the musical life of his native Estonia. An admired symphonist and a pioneer in electro-acoustic and computer music, he was also an accomplished lecturer and organizer as well as being the Estonian Minister of Culture during the years 1988-1992. Mainly known for his symphonic works – the six symphonies have all been released on BIS in interpretations by Paavo Järvi – Sumera also composed for choir.
The four works gathered on this disc were all conceived at the instigation of or in collaboration with Tõnu Kaljuste, who conducts them here. Ranging from a treatment of the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg over a catalogue (in Latin) of mushrooms, to the comic wordplay of Concerto per voci e strumenti, the programme creates a many-faceted picture of the composer while displaying the manifold qualities and abilities of a great choir.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, appearing for the first time on BIS, has become increasingly well known internationally, from performances both with founder and former artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste and with his successor Paul Hillier. Here aided by Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Concerto) and a group of actors (Saare piiga), the choir shines in a repertoire, which to a considerable extent was created directly for it.
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 10.21
Extra material for download
  Composer: Sumera, Lepo
  Concerto per voci e strumenti (1997) for mixed chorus and
string orchesta (Text: Doris Kareva)
01 I. Furioso 03:36 $ 0.54 USD
02 II. Moderato 06:09 $ 0.92 USD
03 III. Allegro misterioso 04:36 $ 0.69 USD
04 Though Your Homeland May Be in Dark For Long (Kui tume veel
kauaks ka sinu maa) (1985) For mixed chorus a cappella
(Text: Juhan Liiv)
03:20 $ 0.50 USD
  Mushroom Cantata (Seenekantaat) (1979-83) for mixed chorus,
flute, piano and percussion (Text: Henn-Kaarel Hellat)
05 I. Carmen veris 06:11 $ 0.93 USD
06 II. Timor 04:23 $ 0.66 USD
07 III. Carmen autumnus 05:54 $ 0.89 USD
08 IV. Luxuria 04:24 $ 0.66 USD
09 Island Maiden´s Song from the Sea (Saare piiga laul merest
(1988) for mixed chorus, actors, flute, piano and bass drum
(Text: from the Estonian epic poem Kalevipoeg)
29:31 $ 4.43 USD
  Album total 68:32
ChoirEstonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
OrchestraTallin Chamber Orchestra
ComposerSumera, Lepo
ConductorKaljuste, Tõnu
PercussionMetsamart, Madis
PianoSumera, Kadri-Ann
FluteLentsius, Janika
ActorKaljuste, Ülle

Daily Deal
Top downloads is a completely virtual record label and a secure online store open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Customers and visitors can download classical music in high quality FLAC or MP3 and find out more about classical music.

Start page    24 Bit FAQ    Assistance    About eClassical    Classical News