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Tapiola Choir - Dreams: Music

Tapiola Choir; Tapiola Sinfoni Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Dreams, Op.85: Echoes - Elina Laakkonen/Nora Rissanen/Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola
2. Dreams, Op.85: Solitude - Elina Laakkonen/Nora Rissanen/Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola
3. Dreams, Op.85: Restlessness - Elina Laakkonen/Nora Rissanen/Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola
4. Pater Noster - Tiuku Tuuliala/Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola
5. Vintern Var Hard - Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola
6. Suita Grammaticale, Op.28: 1. Die Erste Deklination - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska/Tiuku Tuuliala
7. Suita Grammaticale, Op.28: 2. Intermezzo - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska/Tiuku Tuuliala
8. Suita Grammaticale, Op.28: 3. Quelle Heure Est - Il? - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska/Tiuku Tuuliala
9. Suita Grammaticale, Op.28: 4. Etudes - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska/Tiuku Tuuliala
10. Suita Grammaticale, Op.28: 5. Dialogue - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska/Tiuku Tuuliala
11. Agnus Dei - Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola
12. Meditatio Super Agnum Dei - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska
13. Halleluja - Tapiola Sin/Osmo Vanska
14. A: Water Music - Tapiola Chor/Erkki Pohjola

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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting music beautifully done. Nov. 9 2002
By ellafan
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous review.Not everyone will enjoy this music.I think people who marvel at the capabilities of the human voice will like it,however.After I heard the first few opening bars,I had the sensation of being in a very cold,barren environment,albeit one with beautiful,glimmering reflections.If that sounds weird,well,then..how about this: If you love the Northern Lights,then this is how they would sound if they were musical instead of visual.The soloists and children's choir do a spectacular job.Some of the compositions are what would be labeled"conventional," but even those are made just a little bit more ethereal by the amazing voices.Just try out a few on the sample page,and see if you are open to this kind of stuff.I'm enjoying it more and more each time I listen.It has proven to be a perfect"chill out" CD,almost in the literal sense!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars unusual but beautiful Feb. 25 2001
By linali
Format:Audio CD
Actually, I give the CD 4.5 stars. It's not a 5 because this music may not be for everyone. I don't say that to deter people, it's just that the music often strays far from the familiar.
It's very hard to classify the music on this CD. The closest comparison I can make is Meredith Monk--written for kids--but even then that description misses the mark. Even so, it's really worth listening to. I first borrowed it from the library because I was interested in a cappella voices, mainly children's voices. And the CD left quite an impression on me.
The pieces are by various Scandinavian composers, sung by the Tapiola Children's Choir. The music ranges from traditional songs (vintern var hard) to the very unusual (A: water music). There's a very haunting, dreamlike quality to the children's voices. They buzz, whisper, sing, and shriek, but always retain their pristine clarity. Sometimes the voices sing a solemn hymn; sometimes they chase each other playfully around the listener.
It's a very whimsical CD, but it's never harsh on the ears. It's not just about singing; it's about making the most out of the human voice as an instrument. A side note: it's been said that the songs are very demanding to perform because they're so abstract. Kudos to the Tapiola Choir for doing it wonderfully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unusual but beautiful Feb. 25 2001
By linali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Actually, I give the CD 4.5 stars. It's not a 5 because this music may not be for everyone. I don't say that to deter people, it's just that the music often strays far from the familiar.
It's very hard to classify the music on this CD. The closest comparison I can make is Meredith Monk--written for kids--but even then that description misses the mark. Even so, it's really worth listening to. I first borrowed it from the library because I was interested in a cappella voices, mainly children's voices. And the CD left quite an impression on me.
The pieces are by various Scandinavian composers, sung by the Tapiola Children's Choir. The music ranges from traditional songs (vintern var hard) to the very unusual (A: water music). There's a very haunting, dreamlike quality to the children's voices. They buzz, whisper, sing, and shriek, but always retain their pristine clarity. Sometimes the voices sing a solemn hymn; sometimes they chase each other playfully around the listener.
It's a very whimsical CD, but it's never harsh on the ears. It's not just about singing; it's about making the most out of the human voice as an instrument. A side note: it's been said that the songs are very demanding to perform because they're so abstract. Kudos to the Tapiola Choir for doing it wonderfully.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting music beautifully done. Nov. 9 2002
By ellafan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the previous review.Not everyone will enjoy this music.I think people who marvel at the capabilities of the human voice will like it,however.After I heard the first few opening bars,I had the sensation of being in a very cold,barren environment,albeit one with beautiful,glimmering reflections.If that sounds weird,well,then..how about this: If you love the Northern Lights,then this is how they would sound if they were musical instead of visual.The soloists and children's choir do a spectacular job.Some of the compositions are what would be labeled"conventional," but even those are made just a little bit more ethereal by the amazing voices.Just try out a few on the sample page,and see if you are open to this kind of stuff.I'm enjoying it more and more each time I listen.It has proven to be a perfect"chill out" CD,almost in the literal sense!!
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