About the composer
Kaj Chydenius was born in Juankoski, Finland, in 1939. He was one of the pioneers of the left-wing "New-Song" movement that emerged in Finland in the 1960s. He has written an enormous body of music for the stage, often for a specific need (e.g. education). In addition to socially conscious songs, he has set a considerable body of contemporary Finnish poetry to music. His Stabat Mater was composed for Rajaton, of which his son Jussi is one of the singers.
About the Stabat Mater
|Performers||2 Soprano's, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass|
|Particulars||This is a very beautiful setting of the Stabat Mater, which I expect to be one of my all time favourites. I cannot describe it, a mixture of Palestrina and a Celtic ritual? You should hear it, close your eyes and just listen.|
|Textual variations||The stanzas 5 and 13 to 19 are not used. Instead, the alto sings a poem by the Finnish poet Aale Tynni (Marian kiusaus - the temptation of Mary), about Mary watching her son being crucified.|
|CD||Plastinka PLACD 005: Vocal Ensemble Rajaton, Sanat (Finnish: words, Latin: heals)|
|About this CD||The Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton
sings a capella choral music with a fresh approach. The singers have
different backgrounds, which enables them to perform in concert halls,
churches and even in jazz clubs. This CD contains hymns, spirituals and
other religious music, sung brilliantly. In truth: healing words.
Recorded at the church of Siuntio in October 2002.
I bought this CD on the Internet, www.a-capella.com in July 2004.
|Choir||Vocal Ensemble Rajaton|
|Soloists||Essi Wuorela, Virpi Moskari, soprano
Soila Sariola, alto
Hannu Lepola, tenor
Ahri Paunu, baritone
Jussi Chydenius, bass
|Other works||Anna-Mari Kähärä: Aurinkolaulu + Weary in
trad.: Where you there? + Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Benedic anima mea Domino + Tórramat do nóebaengil
Jussi Chydenius: Vain taivasta kukkaset katsovat + Nearer my God, to Thee
Mari Makaroff: Kaikki maat, te riemuitkaatte
Hanna Lepola: Pia desideria
Armas Maasalo, Heikki Klemetti: Iltavirsi
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