Performers:Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Mikk Üleoja
Tormis. “Rune XVII of the Kalevala” for male choir, soloists and folk instruments
T. Kõrvits. “Triptych of the Moon” (premiere)
Rune XVII of the Kalevala (1985/1994) (Vipuses käimine) is like a choral symphony, a large form with a dramatic, rising tension characteristic of Veljo Tormis. The work was commissioned by the Estonian National Male Choir in 1985 for a tour in Finland. “The whole idea of the rune could be symbolic for us: Väinämöinen managed to revive eternal basic knowledge, deeper understandings of ancient sense of life, and draw wisdom and strength from them.”(Veljo Tormis, 1985).
The new piece by Tõnu Kõrvits is a joint gift of the Estonian Concert and the composer to the Estonian National Male Choir on the occasion of their 75th anniversary.