Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: Baltic Voices 1

Harmonia Mundi HMU 907311

Recorded at the Tallinn Methodist Church in Tallinn, Estonia on July 18, 19, 22-24, 2002. Released in November 2002.

Recording Engineers: Brad Michel, Geoff Miles; Producers: Robina G. Young, Brad Michel; Editing: Brad Michel; Design: Karin Elsener; Photos: Tõnu Tormis.

Compositions by Veljo Tormis (1930-)

Latviešu burdona dziesmas (Latvian Bourdon Songs) (1982) (texts compiled by Vilis Bendorfs) :

Track 10. Garais sauciens (Song of meeting) (2:20)

Track 11. Rotā dziesma (Spring song) (3:09) [Kaia Galina Urb, Eha Pärg, Raili Jaanson: soprano solos; Iris Oja, Karin Salumäe: alto solos]

Track 12. Kāzu apdziedāšanās (Wedding song contest) (3:26) [Karin Salumäe, Külli Erimäe: alto solos; Aarne Talvik: bass solo]

Track 13. Sēru dziesma (Funeral song) (2:42) [Mati Turi: tenor solo]

Track 14. Linu druva (The Flax field) (3:10)

Track 15. Līgo dziesma (Midsummer song) (2:24)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier

Note: Tracks 1. to 9. and 16. to 18. contain works by the composers Cyrillus Kreek, Sven-David Sandstrøm, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Arvo Pärt and Pêteris Vasks.

Commissions, Dedications and Awards

This is the world premiere recording of Latvian Bourdon Songs.

Music Publishers

The publishing source for the score of Latvian Bourdon Songs is SP Muusikaprojekt, Tallinn, Estonia.

Other Points of Interest and Links

1. The booklet notes for this CD are written by conductor Paul Hillier and are provided in English, French (translation Isabelle Demmery) and German (translation Heidi Fritz). The lyrics to the choral works are provided in their original language and also in English, French and German where appropriate. The translator for the Latvian Bourdon Songs from the original Latvian to English is Guntis Šmidchens.

2. This disc is the first of a planned series of three volumes featuring composers from the countries situated around the Baltic Sea. Harmonia Mundi has various international sites in various languages to publicize its release. The US page for Baltic Voices 1 can be seen here. Or select your own country or region of choice from the main page at http://www.harmoniamundi.com/.