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Contrast the vocal quality of Holten's arrangement of a Finnish folk song Tuoll' on mun kultani (Yonder my Sweetheart) [listen -- track 5, 0:54-2:02] with Mäntyjärvi's popular untranslatable Pseudo-Yoik in which that harsher folk style is superbly captured [listen -- track 4, 0:00-0:51] and which, like several pieces on this splendid CD, has been specially arranged for Talla.

Laulusild (Song Bridge) by Tormis, based on chants of the Kalevala tradition was written in 1981 in anticipation of the opening of Soviet Estonia to the West [listen -- track 8, 1:12-2:10], and Jukka Linkola, a composer with a jazz background, wrote his five-movement Mieliteko-sarja (Urge Suite) specially for this fascinating male voice 'SATB' ensemble. The first movement gives its title to the album (Punapaula -- Red Ribbon) and the third is based on the song Kukapa se saunan lämmittäisi -- Who would heat the sauna! [listen -- track 15, 0:00-0:59].

I must admit to being completely captivated by this recording, and recommend it with great enthusiasm.

Copyright © 9 January 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Talla Vocal Ensemble - Punapaula - Red Ribbon - A musical journey around the Baltic Sea

2564-61484-2 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 47'42" 2004 Finlandia Records

Talla Vocal Ensemble (Pasi Hyökki, sopranista, counter tenor, founder and artistic director; Olli Hannuksela, countertenor; Mikko Hannuksela, tenor; Petri Muranen, tenor; Tommi Vuoralho, baritone; Antti-Mikko Honkaniemi, baritone; Olli Junkkari, bass; Tuukka Haapaniemi, bass)

Swedish folk song, arr Nils Lindberg (born 1933): Om sommaren sköna (In Lovely Summer); Swedish folk song, arr Staffan Lindberg (born 1966): Slåttervisa (Hay-making Song); Nordisk Suite à la Talla (Swedish folk song, arr Bo Holten (born 1948): Emigrantvisan (Emigrant Song); Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finnish, born 1963): Pseudo-Yoik; Finnish folk song, arr Bo Holten: Tuoll' on mun kultani (Yonder My Sweetheart)); Jenny Wilhelms (Finnish, born 1974) arr Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Herr Olof (Mister Olof); Finnish folk song from South Ostrobothnia, arr Pekka Kostiainen (born 1944): Veret tuli mun silimihini (Tears Came to My Eyes); Veljo Tormis (Estonian, born 1930): Lautusild (Song Bridge); Three Estonian folk songs, arr Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962) (Aiut-taiut, tahtsin laulda (Aiut-taiut, I Wanted to Sing); Mitu halba ilma pääl? (How Many Miseries?); Maga, maga, Matsikene (Sleep, Sleep Tiny Mats)); Finnish folk song, arr Jan Hellberg (born 1964): Laulun aloitus (First Song); Jukka Linkola (Finnish, born 1955): Mieliteko-sarja Urge Suite (Punapaula (Red Ribbon); Lintu (The Bird); Jäniksen joulu (A Rabbit at Christmas); Iltalaulu (Evening Song); Mieliteko (Urge))


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