Marjatta the Lowly Maiden
Rautavaara, Einojuhani Tapiola Choir Hyökki, Pasi
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Works for childrens choir
This CD features works for childrens choir by Einojuhani Rautavaara, mostly written for and here performed by the world-renowned Tapiola Choir under their music director Pasi Hyökki.
These pieces cover a wide range of topics and moods, extending from humorous nursery rhymes to more serious philosophical issues and religious solemnity. The album title piece is the one-act choral opera Marjatta matala neiti (”Marjatta the Lowly Maiden”) for soloists, childrens choir, and instrumental chamber ensemble, based on a poem from the Kalevala epos. The half-hour ”mystery play” tells the story of Marjatta who becomes impregnated after eating a lingonberry and gives birth to a son – thus the Finnish mythological adaptation of the Christian story of Jesus conception and birth from a virgin.
Finnish cult composer Rautavaara is one of the rare composers to have written extensive and substantial repertoire for childrens choir. More generally, his major output for mixed and for male choir has cemented his position as one of todays most popular composers of choral music.
Marjatta matala neiti (Marjatta the Lowly Maiden) – A Finnish Mystery Play in One Act (1977)
Puusepän poika (The Carpenters Son) (1975)
Suite de Lorca (1973)
Viatonten valssi (Waltz of the Innocents) (1973/1982)
Wenn sich die Welt auftut (1996)10:30
Rakkaus ei koskaan häviä (Charity Never Faileth) (1983)
Childrens Mass (Lapsimessu) for childrens choir and string orchestra (1973)