About the composer
Urmas Sisask was born in 1960 in Estonia. He started his composing already at the age of 15, when he began writing a piano cycle “Starry Sky”, expressing both his love for music and his fascination for astrology. After his graduation from Tallinn Conservatory, he familiarized himself with Gregorian chant and baroque music.
Sisask would like his music to be loved as well as to be played by all people. In his style all kinds of influences can be recognized, from chant, via Beethoven to Pärt. Among other works he wrote two masses, a Magnificat, a Te Deum, a clarinet concert and a symphony.
About the Stabat Mater
The Stabat Mater is part of a collection of 24 hymns, Gloria Patri... In these he uses a tone scale which he developed from calculating the rotation periods of the planets. The same scale is used in Japanese kumayoshi music. They sound rhythmic, melodious and clearly related to Gregorian chant.
Only stanzas 1 and 2 are executed.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Finlandia 8573-82587-2: Urmas Sisask – Gloria Patri …|
Dedicated to the song collection Gloria Patri…, from which 15 of the 24 songs were recorded.Recorded at the Roman-Catholic Church, Tallinn, Estonia, in May 1992. I bought this CD on the Internet, Klassikonline, 2001
|Choir:||Chamber Choir Eesti Projekt|
15 meditative and tranquil hymns for mixed choir a cappella.