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Classical - Released January 3, 2020 | Ondine

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Classical - Released September 13, 2019 | Ondine

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With their album dedicated to Psalms of Repentance by Alfred Schnittke, and two works by Arvo Pärt (BIS), this same line-up won some fine prizes (Diapason d'Or, Gramophone). Kaspars Putniņš leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir as they continue on their way through the works of Arvo Pärt with four very seductive scores (including the choral version of Summa): they are starting here, and this forms an ideal introduction to the programme's most major work, which is surely Via Crucis, S. 53 by Franz Liszt, an ample score for piano and choir finished in 1879 in Budapest, recordings of which are all too rare. The voices of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir are sublime here, possessed of an enrapturing depth and purity. This Via Crucis is a perfect summary of the later, most modern Liszt: the writing for piano "comes" directly from the final part of the Years of Pilgrimage. There are such striking similarities with pieces like Angelus! Prière aux anges gardiens or the Sursum corda that one might well wonder whether certain pages from Via Crucis (number 12, Jesus stirbt am Kreuze, for example) aren't in fact elaborations from these. In this work, Franz Liszt is developing astoundingly modern harmonies, which draw out a naked form of Wagner's chromatisms, rarefying them: all the more so given that pianist Kalle Randalu tends to put the accent on their dryness. This is the essence of the end of Romanticism, in an absolutely hypnotic record. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Violin Concertos - Released September 13, 2019 | Ondine

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Concertos for wind instruments - Released April 12, 2019 | Ondine

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Chamber Music - Released March 15, 2019 | Ondine

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Classical - Released March 8, 2019 | Ondine

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Classical - Released March 8, 2019 | Ondine

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Classical - Released February 8, 2019 | Ondine

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Classical - Released January 11, 2019 | Ondine

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Chamber Music - Released April 13, 2018 | Ondine

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released April 13, 2018 | Ondine

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In addition to strictly liturgical music – often coloured by the later Protestant tradition – the only medieval music to have survived from the Nordic countries is the "cantios", often available in printed format, rather than as manuscripts. These pieces are associated with figures from the Swedish Christian tradition (and therefore Finnish, since Finland was apart of Sweden back then). They are sung in medieval Latin; the first publications appear to date from 1582, even if the music itself is two or three centuries older. In an era when the Nordic countries had just converted to Christianity, in particular just after the time of St Henry in the 1150s – before, the mythological divinities were called Ylijumala (the king of heaven), Akka his wife, Ukko the old man, Pæivæ the sun god, Panu the god of fire, and dozens of others in a jolly pantheon which rather recalled Valhalla, and indeed the pantheons of ancient Greece and Rome, with perhaps a little more in the way of woodland gods. Most of these medieval "cantios" were sung in unison as calls and responses, but also with two, three or four voices, as we hear on this album. Clearly, this album is one for lovers of medieval religious singing, although a few pieces come close to the Renaissance. The Finnish Radio Chamber Choir gives an exemplary rendition of these songs, as do the ensembles Cetus Noster (Latin for "our whale", Greco-Roman mythology, but there you go) and Köyhät ritarit ("lost bread", in Finnish). © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 13, 2017 | Ondine

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Classical - Released December 9, 2014 | Ondine

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Opera - Released July 8, 2014 | Ondine

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica
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Concertos - Released November 1, 2013 | Ondine

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released November 1, 2013 | Ondine

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Opera - Released November 1, 2013 | Ondine

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Classical - Released November 1, 2013 | Ondine