About the composer
Erkki Raiski was born on March 31, 1951, in Alavus, Finland. He studied choral and instrumental composition. His choral works are mostly motets and liturgical music. He composes pieces on demand, but mainly because he likes to compose. He is working as a church organist and as teacher in music theory.
About the Stabat Mater
Mixed choir and string ensemble
The composition is divided into three parts, as Raiski chose for the concerto form. In the first section he uses large intervals, which he says is characteristic for sorrow in Finnish folk music. The second section about Christ's suffering is faster and rhythmic, ending in silence, and the third section, intended as a prayer, is slow again, but more optimistic than the first section.
The text of the "Analecta"-version is used, without any changes.
Information about the recording
|CD:||CANCD 12000: Commissioned by Cantinovum|
This CD is a recording of a number of works, that have been commissioned by Rita Varonen, conductor of the Cantinovum chamber choir of Jyväskylä, Finland. As they have somewhat of a tradition to perform a new Stabat Mater each Easter, the CD contains no less than three Stabat Mater compositions. Recorded in the Saarijärvi Church in 1999.
|Orchestra:||Chamber Orchestra Capriccioso|
|Choir:||Cantinovum chamber choir|
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: El Hambo