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Tapiola Chamber Choir

Tapiola Chamber Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from Finland.

The Tapiola Chamber Choir was founded in 1984 by former members of the world-famous Unesco Prize winning Tapiola Choir who wished to continue singing together. The independent 36-member Choir, dedicated to achieving a professional standard of excellence, soon established itself as a major representative of its generation in Finnish music. The Choir's adventurous programming, diverse repertoire and ambitious recording schedule have found recognition in the form of audience response, critical acclaim and awards both in Finland and abroad.

The Choir's clients and partners include Finland's leading professional orchestras (like the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Lahti, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Sixth Floor Orchestra), conductors (like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste), music festivals, concert agencies, record companies and composers.

The Choir has also performed Baroque and Classical major works with distinguished foreign conductors such as Peter Schreier, Harry Christophers, Roy Goodman and Paul Hillier. The Synfonia Tapiola Baroque orchestra was formed in 2005 to perform music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on period instruments.

The Choir recorded for Finlandia Records, a division of Warner Classics in 1991-2002. Many of these discs have received national awards, and the Penderecki disc has sold over 27,000 copies worldwide. The Choir's Penderecki and Sibelius discs are included as 'benchmark' recordings in the Gramophone Classical Good CD Guide. The Choir has recorded for Alba Records since 2005. The Choir is running several long-term projects. The National Library Project is for documenting the works of major Finnish composers. Tapiola Originals is a collection of works commissioned from internationally distinguished composers from countries of the Baltic Sea area. In 2000-2005, the Choir had composer-in-residence agreement with Jaakko Mantyjarvi.

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Tapiola Chamber Choir : Penderecki : 00  1 CD : Juha Kuivanen : Krzysztof Penderecki  : 88433

Tapiola Chamber Choir : Penderecki

Review: Avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki, born in Poland in 1933, returned to more traditional musical forms by the early 1960s. The orchestration and scoring in his large vocal works is often highly adventurous, using dramatic devices such as shouting and speaking to great effect. The world-renowned Finnish Tapiola Chamber Choir performs 9 pieces of this dramatically beautiful sacred music: "Stabat Mater," "Two Choruses from the Passion According to St. Luke," "Sicut locutus est from Magnificat," "Agnus Dei," "Song of the Cherubim," "Veni creator," "Benedicamus Domino," and "Benedictus." Striking sacred choral works, made even more so by the clear, bell-like voices of the world-famous Tapiola Choir.

Songlist: Stabat Mater, Two Choruses from the Passion according to St. Luke , -Miserere, -In Pulverem Mortis, Sicut Locutus est from Magnificat, Agnus Dei , Song ofthe Cherubim, Veni Creator, Benedicamus Domino, Benedictus

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6829c | 00 1 CD | $12.98 | A Cappella Finnish Choral Music


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