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
2 Soprano's, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass
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.
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.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Plastinka PLACD 005: Vocal Ensemble Rajaton, Sanat (Finnish: words, Latin: heals)|
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, in July 2004.
|Choir:||Vocal Ensemble Rajaton|
Essi Wuorela, Virpi Moskari, soprano
Anna-Mari Kähärä: Aurinkolaulu + Weary in well-doing
|Code:||2004 CHY 01|