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Kevät kerran on koittava – Spring will come

From a 21st-century perspective, Sibelius may appear to stand more or less alone in the history of Finnish music. It is easy to forget that he could not have fulfilled his artistic potential if his environment had not been conducive to musical creativity. But much of the music that was part of that environment has been almost completely forgotten, often because its aesthetic didn’t accord with the prevailing nationalist trends of the late 19th century. In this programme of choral works, Nils Schweckendiek and his Helsinki Chamber Choir guide us through some 80 years of Finnish music for choir, from the period when the country formed part of the Russian Empire, as the Grand Duchy of Finland. It was during this time that a Finnish nationalist movement began to take form, in opposition towards the political and cultural dominance of Russia and Sweden respectively. This development can be traced in the way the idea of Spring – a staple in the songs of the Nordic countries – changes from a sense of joy at the end to the hardships of winter to a metaphor for liberation from political oppression. Another result was the Fennicization towards the end of the 19th century, during which many popular Swedish and German-language songs were translated into Finnish and the originals in effect suppressed – a case in point being the earliest piece on the disc, F. A. Ehrström’s Svanen (The Swan, 1833), which has had it’s original Swedish text restored for this recording.
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  Composer: Melartin, Erkki
01 Aamulla 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
  Composer: Collan, Karl
02 Morgenlied 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
  Composer: Borenius, Henrik
03 Laulajaparille 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
  Composer: Moring, Karl Johan
04 Den väntande 01:56 $ 0.46 USD
05 Hämnden 01:10 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Crusell, Bernhard Henrik
06 Hell dig, du höga Nord! 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
  Composer: Trad., Piae Cantiones, Klemetti, Heikki
07 In vernali tempore / Tullos kevät armahin 02:47 $ 0.67 USD
  Composer: Pacius, Fredrik
08 Vårmorgonen 03:52 $ 0.93 USD
  Composer: Laethén, Rafael
09 Iltalaulu 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
  Composer: Ehrström, Fredrik August
10 Svanen 02:20 $ 0.56 USD
  Composer: Kajanus, Robert
11 Serenad 01:21 $ 0.32 USD
  Composer: Traditional/arr. Emil Sivori
12 Iloa ja surua 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
  Composer: Kiljander, Ludvig
13 Metsässä 01:42 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Hannikainen, Pekka Juhani
14 Punkaharjun laulutyttö 01:55 $ 0.46 USD
  Composer: Hagfors, Erik August
15 Kevätyhtiön polska 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
  Composer: Traditional/arr. Martin Wegelius
16 Och jungfrun hon går i dansen 00:39 $ 0.16 USD
  Composer: Kiljander, Ludvig
17 Hiljaa! 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
  Composer: Leppänen, Primus
18 Näin unta kesästä kerran 01:49 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Genetz, Emil
19 Ins stille Land 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
  Composer: Järnefelt, Armas
20 Orpo ja lintu 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
21 Armahan kulku 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
  Composer: Melartin, Erkki
22 Darthulan hautauslaulu 04:04 $ 0.98 USD
  Composer: Merikanto, Oskar
23 Itätuulessa 03:59 $ 0.96 USD
  Composer: Melartin, Erkki
24 Piirilaulu 00:43 $ 0.17 USD
  Composer: Traditional/arr. Richard Faltin
25 Piiritanssilaulu 01:43 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Linsén, Gabriel
26 Skördefolkets visa 00:43 $ 0.17 USD
  Album total 53:11
ComposerBorenius, Henrik
Collan, Karl
Crusell, Bernhard Henrik
Ehrström, Fredrik August
Genetz, Emil
Hagfors, Erik August
Hannikainen, Pekka Juhani
Järnefelt, Armas
Kajanus, Robert
Kiljander, Ludvig
Klemetti, Heikki
Laethén, Rafael
Leppänen, Primus
Linsén, Gabriel
Melartin, Erkki
Merikanto, Oskar
Moring, Karl Johan
Pacius, Fredrik
Trad., Piae Cantiones
Traditional/arr. Emil Sivori
Traditional/arr. Martin Wegelius
Traditional/arr. Richard Faltin
Cöster, Fredrik Bernhard
Erkko, J.H.
Leino, Eino
Moring, Karl Johan
Nuormaa, Severi
Oksanen, August
Ossian / Runeberg / Veijola
Runeberg, Johan Ludvig
Salis-Seewis, Johann Gaudenz Freiherr von
Stagnelius, Erik Johan
Topelius, Zachris
Uhland, Ludwig
Wialén, A. O.
ChoirHelsinki Chamber Choir
ConductorSchweckendiek, Nils

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