Riemuitkaamme! (A FInnish Christmas) - Schweckendiek

Riemuitkaamme! (A FInnish Christmas) - Schweckendiek

BIS  BIS-2322

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

J.S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme – Synkkä yö maan peitti aivan - Chorale Prelude, BWV 645, and chorale setting of Philipp Nicolai’s hymn tune
Jean Sibelius: En etsi valtaa, loistoa (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp), Ecce novum gaudium, On lapsonen syntynyt meille (A Child is Born Unto Us)
Leevi Madetoja: Arkihuolesi kaikki heitä (Throw Off All Your Daily Cares)
Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Hermann Schein, J. S. Bach: Puer natus in Bethlehem (Synnytti piltin Bethlehem)
Taneli Kuusisto: Pastorale, Op. 18 No. 2 for organ solo
Hector Berlioz: Paimenten jäähyväiset pyhälle perheelle (L’Adieu des Bergers) (from L’Enfance du Christ)
Armas Maasalo: Joulun kellot (Christmas Bells)
Jean Sibelius, Heikki Klemetti: Angelus emittitur (Enkel’ alas liihottaa)
Matthew Whittall: Aattoilta (Christmas Eve)
J. S. Bach, Michael Praetorius, Hans Leo Hassler, Caspar Othmayr, Max Reger: Enkeli taivaan lausui näin (Vom Himmel hoch)
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Christmas Carol
Ahti Sonninen: Jouluhymni (Christmas Hymn)
Arvi Karvonen: Pastorale for organ solo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Jeesuslapsen tarhassa (Christ, when a Child, a Garden Made) from Legend, Op. 54 No.5
Traditional: Maa on niin kaunis (Glorious is the Earth [Fairest Lord Jesus])

Jan Lehtola (organ)
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek (conductor)

Riemuitkaamme! is an imaginative and unconventional selection of choral music associated with Christmas as it is celebrated in Finland. Several of the pieces are by Finnish composers – Sibelius, Rautavaara and Madetoja, to name a few – while others have become part of the Christmas traditions of the country despite their international background. Among these Berlioz’ The Shepherds’ Farewell and Tchaikovsky’s Christ, when a Child… are quite late additions compared to the medieval hymns Puer natus in Bethlehem, Ecce novum gaudium and Angelus emittitur. All three of these were included in the collection Piae cantiones from 1582, the oldest Finnish music publication. Here, they are performed in settings by various composers from different countries and eras –forming a kind of soundtrack of Christmases past and present, distant and close. Contemporary music forms an important part of the activities of the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Nils Schweckendiek, and true to form, the team includes a world premiere recording in their celebrations: Aattoilta, by the Canadian-born composer Matthew Whittall.

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24/96 in November 2016 at Paavalinkirkko (St Paul’s Church), Helsinki, Finland
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Comment by Waveform - October 8, 2017 (1 of 4)

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Comment by Pellervo Kokkonen - December 13, 2017 (2 of 4)

Not a big fan of Christmas albums, I bought this from the black friday sale, because the selection of pieces seemed interesting. I have to say this is absolutely fantastic Christmas album, without the boring repetition of the conventional songs. It is also fascinating, how music from different centuries blends together to produce a magic atmosphere. While listening this on SACD/multichannel one really starts to appreciate the new technology. The recording is beautifully done. The only marginal negative comment is that the organist is using little bit annoying noisy stops in some pieces.

Comment by hiredfox - December 17, 2017 (3 of 4)

I trust this listing will be a suitable platform to wish all colleagues on here in whichever part off our world you reside a very Happy Festive Season and a rewarding and peaceful New Year.


Comment by William Hecht - December 20, 2017 (4 of 4)

Indeed, John, to you and all of our friends around the hi-res world, best wishes for the happiest of holidays and a music filled new year.