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January 2015

Laudate Dominum

Music of Riho Esko Maiments has been described as "enchantingly beautiful" and having a "unique emotional and communicative impact". This piece is written for female chorus. It represents all the varieties of choral composing and provides spiritual nourishment to the listener. A marvelous piece for female choir that can evidence a high level of choral singing. The work is recommended for choral competitions.

Composer: MAIMETS, Riho Esko (Estonia 1988-)
Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
Instrumentation: SSAA div. / A Cappella
Language: Latin

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Meditatsioon ja Missa brevis

"Meditatsioon" is composed for 6 parts unaccompanied mixed chorus. There are no words; only the repeated melodies and the accents of different voices keep the music going on.
"Missa brevis" is written for mixed choir 8 parts a cappella. "Kyrie" continues the texture of "Meditatsioon"; the solo part creates mysterious character; changing rhythems make "Gloria" more energetic; the ostinato-like male voices in "Sanctus" magnificent atmosphare of the church; "Agnus Die" uses a simple technique of canon expressing the faith and pure heart of a human.

Composer: UUSBERG, Part (Estonia 1986-)
Publisher: Talmar & Pohi
Instrumentation: SATB div. / A Cappella
Language: Latin

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Laule segakoorile

This collection of the Estonian composer Uusberg for mix chorus contains "Ilus ta ei ole" that was performed in the Whole Japanese Choral Competition, as well as "Muusika", a well-known piece in Estonia.
The music does wonders to create a quiet atmosphere - it is all about soft winds, blue sky and fresh air. The last piece "Haad ood" (Good night!) starts with a piano accompaniment, warmly and peacefully. To sing the exact and transparent hamony requests the highly singing technique for the choirs.

Composer: UUSBERG, Part (Estonia 1986-)
Publisher: Talmar & Pohi
Instrumentation: SATB div. / A Cappella
Language: Estonian

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Muusika

The piece was performed in the Estonian Choral Festival. Members of almost all choruses in Estonia know it. The melody flows like a stream, and the harmony resembles a bright sunshine. It is suitable both for a big choir and a small ensemble. The song was also chosen for Karuizawa Choral Festival 2014.

Composer: UUSBERG, Part (Estonian 1986-)
Publisher: Talmar & Pohi
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Estonian

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[CD] All thoughts are silent then ... (Siis vaikivad koik Motted)

This CD contains the choral works of the Estonian young composer Uusberg.

Label: Estonian Music Inf
Conductor: UUSBERG, Part
Choir: Chamber Choir Head Ood, Vend
Content:
Meditatsioon / Siis vaikivad koik motted... / Muusika /
Jumalaga / Punaste ohtute purpur / Ilus ta ei ole /
Miserere / Missa brevis / Haad ood!

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Koit

The famous Koit (Dawn) has been the opening song of the Estonia Singing Festival for over 40 years. Harmonic texture paints a wonderful landscape full of the vivid rays as the sun rises. The major harmony shines like a golden dawn, with warmth and hope.

Composer: LUDIG, Mihlel (Estonia 1880-1958)
Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
Instrumentation: SATTBB div. / A Cappella
Language: Estonian

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Puudutus

This is a famous song from the Estonia Singing Festival. It means "a touch". Owing to the long vowels of the words, it creates a very unique rhythm. Together with the changing beats in different bars, the music turns to be very rich and colorful.

Composer: KORVITS, Tonu (Estonia 1969-)
Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
Instrumentation: SATB / A Cappella
Language: Estonian

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Uusi Koorilaule

This is a collection of Estonian Choral Works the composers of which were born in 1980's: Martin Sildos, Part Uusberg, Maria Korvits, Riho Esko Maimets, and Evelin Seppar.

Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Estonian / English
Content:
Ohtu ilu... (Sildos) / Mu suda usub (Sildos) /
Ohtul (Uusberg) / Haiku 1 (Korvits) / Haiku 2 (Korvits) /
Talvine ohtu (Korvits) / Aiutus (Maimets) / Sonnet No 53 (Seppar)

Martin Sildos:
Martin Sildos begun music studies at age of five as a third generation of musicians in his family. In 1993-2000 Sildos studied at Tallinn Music School percussion under the guidance of Anto onnis and continued at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School with professor Rein Roos. In 2005 Sildos begun studies at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on percussion, under the guidance of Rein Roos and worked as a percussionist at Estonian Nationa Opera Symphony Orchestra (2004-2007). After that Sildos begun conducting studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and obtained bachelors degree on conducting under the guidance of Toomas Kapten in 2010. In 2009 Sildos was awarded Gustav Ernesaks conducting scholarship. 2011/2012 Sildos continued orchestral conducting at University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Uros Lajovic. In 2012 Martin Sildos obtained masters degree on conducting under the guidance of prof. Toomas Kapten
Since 2013 Martin Sildos is conductor of Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra and collaborates since 2014 as a condctor/assistent with Theatre Vanemuine. In addition Martin Sildos is conductor of chamber choir Noored Eesti Haaled and often performs with Corelli Baroque Orchestra and Tallinn Music High School's symphony orchestra (since 2013).

Part Uusberg
Composer and choral conductor Part Uusberg has graduated from Georg Ots Tallinn Music School in choral conducting under Heli Jurgenson. Currently he is continuing his master's studies under Toivo Tulev and Tonu Korvits. The main part of his oeuvre is formed by choral music, but he has written also works for ensemble, piano, orchestra and film music. Their well-sounding and meditative atmosphere captures with its simplicity, tenderness and emotional climaxes. Part Uusberg have been acknowledged as a composer both in Estonia and abroad.
In 2008, Part Uusberg founded a chamber choir Head Ood, Vend in order to take part of the play "Good night, brother" directed by his brother Uku Uusberg. Since then, choir has been active in Estonia and abroad as well as gained recognition at several competitions in Estonia including Grand Prix at the International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2013". As a choral conductor, Uusberg has been conducted also Estonian Students' Mixed Choir and choirs of Riinimanda Choir Studio.

Maria Korvits
Maria Korvits began her composition studies at the Tallinn Music High School under Alo Polmae. From 2006-2012 she studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Helena Tulve and Tonu Korvits. She has written mainly ensemble works and choral music. Also she has created music for film, dance performance, exhibitions and installation - cooperation in this field bends her to the Estonian Academy of Arts as well as various independent artists and choreographers. Her works have been performed at the Estonian Music Days Festival, the Autumn Festival of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as well as in Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Germany and Canada.

Riho Esko Maimets
His composition studies began in 2004 at the Claude Watson Program at Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto, Canada, with the strings teacher, Alan Torok. Riho went on to study composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia, under the tutelage of Helena Tulve and Rene Eespere. In the coming year, he will continue his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
In 2011, Riho was awarded the highSCORE Prize 2011 in Pavia, Italy, in recognition of his "mature and individual style, in spite of his relative youth".
In September 2011, Maiments was selected as one of four Canadian composers under the age of 35 to participate in the Generations 2012 project with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (ECM+). Over the next year, Maimets will compose a piece featuring violinist Veronique Mathieu as a soloist. The piece will be given eight performances across Canada in November 2012.

Evelin Seppar
Evelin Seppar started composing at the age of 15 and studied with composer Alo Poldmae for 4 years before entering the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2006. Seppar has written for solo instruments, various ensembles, solo voice, orchestra and electronics and made different arrangements. She has foremost caught attention as an author of choral music. Psalm of David No. 88 received a special prize at the composition competition organised by Estonian Composers' Union and Pirita Monastery in 2010. Brother in Trouble won the main prize at the competition of choral songs and arrangements in Voro language 2011. Sonnet No. 53 was on the program of the new music festival Arena in Latvia in 2012. Her most extensive work so far is the opera Teine that was premiered in Tallinn St. Nicholas's Church in February 2012.

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[CD] The John Rutter Songbook

A magnificent collection of your favourite melodies and Christmas carols from one of Britain's best-loved composers. Rutter has personally selected and arranged 40 of his greatest pieces specially for this double album, with one disc dedicated to his Christmas Carols and the other to his great classics. Tracks include - O Holy Night, Angels' Carol, In The Bleak Midwinter, The Lord Bless You And Keep Keep You, O Waly Waly and a brand new carol entitled Christ Is The Morning Star.
This beautiful album is a fitting tribute to a great composer in his 70th birthday year.

Label: Classic FM CFMD36
Conductor: John Rutter
Choir: The Bach Choir, Farnham Youth Choir, The Cambridge Singers, The Oxford Choir,
Content:
CD1:
Once In Royal David's City / O Holy Night /
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day / Silent Night /
Away in a Manger / Star Carol / In The Bleak Midwinter /
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen / Angels We Have Heard On High /
Joy To The World / Christmas Lullaby / Angels' Carol /
Three Kings of Orient / El Noi de la Mare (The Son of the Virgin) /
Still, Still, Still / Nativity Carol / Shepherd's Pipe Carol /
Christ is the Morning Star / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing /
New Year
CD2:
Look At The World / Wedding Canticle / Amazing Grace /
Chanson /The Lord Is My Light And My Salvation /
All Things Bright And Beautiful /Pie Jesu [Requiem] /
Steal Away /The Lord Bless You And Keep You /
A Prayer of Saint Patrick / This Is The Day /
O waly waly / Beatles Concerto - Second Movement /
Magical Kingdom / Golden Slumbers /
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind / Down By The Sally Gardens /
A Clare Benediction / Lullaby For Pegi / A Gaelic Blessing

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