Weisuun riemu ja rajuus

Sinikka Järvinen
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For the hymns are the ultimate in music: beauty, strength, fierceness, sensitivity, severity, ugliness. In Finland, the singing of hymns has throughout the centuries been at times strictly controlled at other times free and wild among the people. This wildness was captured during the 19th century by writing down the scores and later by recording.

In our hymnbooks we can find a trace of these compositions by common people whenever the melody is called a variant, e.g., from Lapua. The late professor Erkki Ala-Könni, who was a real hero in gathering hymns, met dozens of solo singers and recorded hundreds of hymns since 1940's. This album was inspired by those recordings, as well as by the hymns singers of our own times.

The hymns on this album are those of the "Old Hymnbook". By playing, singing and making others sing them I am trying to convey something of the strong emotions that the personalities of the hymn singers have aroused in me. They have "swept me off my feet" as cantor Väinö Viitasalo so appropriately described in March 1990 his own encounter with hymns of the Pietist movement.

Sinikka Järvinen
Code: 
H-Y CD 003
Publisher: 
Herättäjä-Yhdistys
Publishing year: 
1995-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
1993-–1995

Producer Sinikka Järvinen
Recorded by Matti Kontio
Mixed and edited by Matti Kontio and Sinikka Järvinen

1. O Kriste, kunnian Kuningas

Comp. trad.

Vanhan virsikirjan virsi 263.

Sinikka Kontio: vocals

2. Herraa hyvää kiittäkää (Virsi 332)

Comp. Sinikka Kontio, trad., arr. K. Penttilä.

Virsi 332.

Additionally performed by Herättäjä-Yhdistyksen valtakunnallinen kuoro.

Pentti Hannula: vocals
Esko Jaakola: vocals
Sinikka Kontio: kantele
Kusti Vilkuna: vocals

3. Minun sielun' kiitä Herraa

Comp. trad.

Vvk 76.

Sinikka Kontio: vocals

4. Ole kärsiwä, nöyrä ja siwiä

Comp. trad.

Vvk 269.

Matti Tyhtilä: vocals (archive recording)

5. Ole kärsiwä, nöyrä ja siwiä

Comp. Sinikka Kontio, arr. Sinikka Kontio.

Vvk 269.

Additionally performed by Haapavesi Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Timo Hannula.

Sinikka Kontio: kantele

6. Waiwainen walitan waikiast'

Comp. trad.

Vvk 256.

Sinikka Kontio: vocals

7. Tykös' Herra Jesu Kriste

Comp. trad., arr. Sinikka Kontio.

Vvk 247.

Additionally performed by Herättäjä-Yhdistyksen valtakunnallinen kuoro.

Tapio Hautala: vocals
Sinikka Kontio: kantele
Hannu Mattila: vocals
Väinö Tiihonen: vocals

8. Jesuksen kuollo wiatoin

Comp. Sinikka Kontio, Martti Pokela, arr. Sinikka Kontio, Martti Pokela.

Vvk 20.

Additionally performed by Herättäjä-Yhdistyksen valtakunnallinen kuoro.

Sinikka Kontio: kantele

9. Waiwainen walitan waikiast'

Comp. Sinikka Kontio, Matti Kontio, arr. Sinikka Kontio, Matti Kontio.

Vvk 256.

Sinikka Kontio: kantele
Matti Kontio: kantele