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Whittall: Northlands


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Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall (b. 1975) began his studies in Montreal. He earned degrees in performance and composition from Vanier College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Stony Brook University, before settling in Finland in 2001. There he studied at the Sibelius Academy, receiving his Doctor of Music degree with honors in 2013. Whittall’s prolific output covers a wide variety of genres, particularly orchestra, voice, chorus, chamber and solo instrumental works, with occasional forays into electronics. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Helsinki Chamber Choir the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, among others, and have featured in festivals and radio broadcasts across Europe, North America and Japan. This release, which was named Record of the Year by Finnish broadcasting company YLE, features works by Whittall that seem to long for a world that doesn’t exist. They depict nature as a realm of romanticized and mystified beauty. The featured soloist across these works is hornist Tommi Hyytinen.
Facts
Item number ABCD 416
Barcode 6417513104165
Release date 5/4/2018
Category Classical Music
Label ALBA RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Helsinki Chamber Choir
Classical Artist Hyytinen, Tommi
Conductor Schweckendiek, Nils
Disc: 1
Northlands00:27:00
1 Northlands: I. — 00:12:09 Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta Helsinki Chamber Choir Schweckendiek, Nils Hyytinen, Tommi
2 Northlands: II. — 00:14:53 Angervo, Ilari Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Schweckendiek, Nils Hyytinen, Tommi
ad puram annihiliationem meam00:20:00
3 Ad puram annihiliationem meam 00:19:24 Helsinki Chamber Choir Schweckendiek, Nils Heéger, Júlia Hyytinen, Tommi
The Return of Light00:25:00
4 The Return of Light 00:24:35 Tapiola Sinfonietta Helsinki Chamber Choir Schweckendiek, Nils Hyytinen, Tommi
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