About the composer
Toivo Kuula (1883 – 1918) was born in Vaasa, Finland. He worked mainly as a conductor in Helsinki and other towns in Finland. He was a full-blooded Romantic, the interpreter of dark, powerful and pathetic emotions. The bulk of his limited output consists of solo songs and choral works, amongst others a Cantata and the Stabat Mater. The latter was his last composition, and he died in a shooting incident before he could finish the work. It was completed by a close friend, Leevi Madetoja.
About the Stabat Mater
Symphonic orchestra and choir
The musical language of the Stabat Mater is grounded in a broadly flowing dark-tinted late Romanticism, while some harmonic progressions reflect the influence of Impressionism. The work is divided into three sections which are joined together without a break by orchestral interludes. The final section is an extensive Bach-counterpoint four part fugue.
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, but with the word "Amen" at the end omitted.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Finlandia 1576-54452-2: Toivo Kuula, Stabat Mater – Mikko Heiniö, Wind Pictures|
Contains major works by two Finnish composers. Recorded in the Turku Concert Hall, April 1993.
|Orchestra:||Turku Philharmonic Orchestra|
|Choir:||Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis|
Mikko Heiniö, Wind Pictures