Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Paul Hillier, director.
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Paul Hillier and the choir trace the Balto-Finnic folk-song tradition through the works of four contemporary Scandinavian composers.
"The 'runes' on this excellent album of choral works range from the rustic chants of Cyrillus Kreek to the religious pieces of Veljo Tormis and Sibelius's 'Rakastava', where the lilting, rhythmic interplay of voices slips into soft languor once the union is consummated. The most striking piece is Erik Bergman's 'Lapponia', in which the use of wordless phonemes is aptly elemental, with deep lowing beneath scattered snow showers of excited syllables, and a breeze of haunting sussurus which recalls Ligeti."—The Independent