The Hilliard Ensemble: A Hilliard Songbook - New Music for Voices

ECM New Series 1614/15 (78118-21614-2 BMG Classics - First American edition)

Recorded at Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England during March/April 1995 and March 1996. Released in 1996.

Composition by Veljo Tormis (1930-)

CD 1 - Track 16. Kullervo's Message [Text from the XXXVI canto of The Kalevala, in an English translation by W.F.Kirby (1907)] (1994) (10:36)

Hilliard Ensemble: vocals

Note: The other tracks of this double CD are by the composers: Barry Guy (1947-), Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Ivan Moody (1963-), Piers Hellawell (1956-), Paul Robinson (1949-), Anonymous (Gregorian), James MacMillan (1959-), Arvo Part (1935-), Elizabeth Liddle (1952-), Joanne Metcalf (1958-), Michael Finnissy (1946-), and John Casken (1949-).

Commissions, Dedications and Awards

Kullervo's Message was commissioned by The Hilliard Ensemble and this is its world premiere recording.

Music Publishers

The publishing source for the score of Kullervo's Message is Fennica Gehrman, Helsinki, Finland (previously Warner/Chappell Music Finland Oy and Edition Fazer, Finland).

Other Points of Interest and Links

1. The first American edition on BMG Classics 78118-21614-2 has a two page introductory note by Hilliard Ensemble member Gordon Jones in English and brief introductory notes in English on each of the compositions, often by the composers themselves (including Veljo Tormis own note on Kullervo's Message). Full texts for the compositions are provided in English (and in the original sung text language if it is not English).

2. The ECM Records website has a page for this double CD disc set which links to further background information on the compositions and which can be seen here.