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Recordings of the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Finnish Radio Chamber Choir


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Bergman - Choral Works 1936-2000

In his later years often described as the grand old man of Finnish modernism, Erik Bergman (1911–2006) was among the first in Finland to use compositional methods such as twelve-tone technique, serial music, choral Sprechgesang and aleatory counterpoint. His speciality was choral music, and a large part of his huge production involves a choir in some form. This recording focuses primarily on his works for mixed choir that have not appeared on disc before, and gives a broad picture of his production for the medium over a period of more than 60 years. 

Born to a Swedish-speaking family, many of Bergman’s settings were of poems in Swedish, but he was a true internationalist and this two-disc set also includes works with texts in Italian, Norwegian, English, German, and, naturally, Finnish. These are here performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir, Finland’s only professional chamber choir, under its artistic director Nils Schweckendiek.

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor
Riko Eklundh
Tuomas Katajala
Piia Komsi
Markus Nieminen
Tuula Paavola
Herman Wallén

BIS-2252 2CD, April 2017
Total time 112'03
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Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble

enigma I–VI (2006–2013)
voices — still for mixed choir and ensemble (2001)
…cold and calm and moving for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello (1992)

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Uusinta Ensemble
Nils Schweckendiek

Toccata Classics, August 2016
TOCC0360


"…a hugely attractive collection …this immaculate, Finnish-sourced disc"
– Andrew Clements, The Guardian 28.7.2016

“This beautifully produced disc of choral music…”
Peter Quantrill, Gramophone November 2016


Puumala: Anna Liisa

Veli-Matti Puumala
Anna Liisa, opera in three acts

Helena Juntunen, soprano
Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Tanja Kauppinen, soprano
Ville Rusanen, baritone
Sanna Kurki-Suonio, ethno mezzo-soprano
Juha Hostikka, tenor
Anu Hostikka, soprano
Jouni Kokora, bass-baritone
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Jan Söderblom, conductor

Ondine, May 2015, 2CD
ODE 1254-2D

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Magnus Lindberg: GRAFFITI - Seht die Sonne

Magnus Lindberg:
GRAFFITI
Seht die Sonne

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Helsinki Chamber Choir

Sakari Oramo, conductor

Ondine, March 2010
ODE 1157-2

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True & False Unicorn

Einojuhani Rautavaara:
True & False Unicorn

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir (Helsinki Chamber Choir)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Timo Nuoranne, conductor
Mia Huhta, soprano
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Säde Rissanen, alto
Petteri Salomaa, baritone

Ondine, May 2003
ODE 1020-2

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Tuo armon valkokyyhky

Christmas Carols

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir (Helsinki Chamber Choir)

Timo Nuoranne, conductor
Johanna Rusanen, soprano

Ondine, October 2001
ODE 985-2

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Sacred Works for Mixed Chorus

Einojuhani Rautavaara:
Sacred Works for Mixed Chorus

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir (Helsinki Chamber Choir)
Timo Nuoranne, conductor

Ondine, September 1999
ODE 935-2

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Piae Cantiones

Early Finnish Vocal Music

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir (Helsinki Chamber Choir)
Timo Nuoranne, conductor

Ondine, November 1998
ODE 918-2

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Vigilia

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Vigilia

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir (Helsinki Chamber Choir)
Timo Nuoranne, conductor
Pia Freund, soprano
Jyrki Korhonen, bass
Topi Lehtipuu, tenor
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Petteri Salomaa, baritone

Ondine, January 1998
ODE 910-2

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Works for Mixed Chorus

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Works for Mixed Chorus

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir (Helsinki Chamber Choir)
Eric-Olof Söderström, conductor

Ondine, October 1995
ODE 851-2

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