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Rautavaara - Vigilia

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Catalogue numberBIS-2422 SACD
Release date2019-09-06
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time70:04

In 1971, Einojuhani Rautavaara was asked to compose a Finnish Orthodox church service, an all-night vigil similar to that of Rachmaninov, comprising Vespers as well as Matins. Soon after the first performance he reshaped the music into what we now know as Vigilia, a concert version forming a musical whole. As his inspiration, Rautavaara has himself described a visit to the Valamo monastery in the middle of Lake Ladoga in 1939: ‘The bells began to ring, low-pitched booms and higher, shrill clinks: the world was filled with sounds and colours…’

The music is marked by dark colours, the heady smell of incense and the crepuscular church lit only by small candles. Divided into two parts, Vespers and Matins, the 70-minute work consists of 34 sections, and features prominent parts for a bass and a tenor soloist, as well as a number of solo voices emerging from the mixed choir. The work is enriched by the constantly changing combinations of choir and soloists, the perspective shifting from the personal to the universal. It is here performed by the 21-strong Helsinki Chamber Choir, under its artistic director Nils Schweckendiek – a team that has made several recordings for BIS in recent years. These include Riemuitkaamme!, a Christmas disc (‘Schweckendiek’s immaculately blended singers make a glorious noise’, The Arts Desk), as well as a two-disc survey of the choral works of Finnish modernist Erik Bergman (‘The Helsinki choir produces a radiant sound throughout’, Choir & Organ).
 
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  Composer: Rautavaara, Einojuhani
  Ehtoopalvelus / Vespers 32:29
01 O come, let us worship God 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
02 Psalm 103 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
03 1st Katisma 02:29 $ 0.60 USD
04 Psalm of Invocation 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
05 Sticheron of Invocation 04:08 $ 0.99 USD
06 Sticheron to the Mother of God 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
07 Evening Hymn 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
08 Ekteniya 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
09 Sticheron of the Litany 02:50 $ 0.68 USD
10 Ekteniya of the Litany 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
11 Sticheron 01:11 $ 0.28 USD
12 Troparion 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
13 Troparion of the Feast 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
14 Final Blessing 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Aamupalvelus / Matins 37:50
15 Glory to the Holy consubstantial 00:39 $ 0.16 USD
16 Troparion 01:48 $ 0.43 USD
17 Troparion 01:30 $ 0.36 USD
18 Hymn of Praise 00:34 $ 0.14 USD
19 Troparion of the Resurrection 05:19 $ 1.28 USD
20 Antiphon 02:19 $ 0.56 USD
21 Prokeimenon 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
22 Hymn of the Resurrection 03:35 $ 0.86 USD
23 Canon: 1st Irmos 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
24 3rd Irmos 00:45 $ 0.18 USD
25 4th Irmos 01:04 $ 0.26 USD
26 5th Irmos 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
27 6th Irmos 01:06 $ 0.26 USD
28 7th Irmos 00:49 $ 0.20 USD
29 8th Irmos 00:37 $ 0.15 USD
30 Katabasis: Hymn of Thanksgiving of the Mother of God 05:23 $ 1.29 USD
31 9th Irmos 01:31 $ 0.36 USD
32 Sticheron of Thanksgiving 01:45 $ 0.42 USD
33 Troparion of the Resurrection 02:30 $ 0.60 USD
34 Final Blessing 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
 
  Album total 70:04
ComposerRautavaara, Einojuhani
ConductorSchweckendiek, Nils
PerformerHelsinki Chamber Choir

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