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Composer: Tormis, Veljo (b. 1930)

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Year of birth1930
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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LondonThe Gesualdo Six – Passion and Polyphony

Tallis, Byrd, Talbot, Tormis, Gesualdo, Ligeti, Marenzio, Palestrina, Rimkus, Park, Poulenc, Traditional
Owain Park; The Gesualdo Six

HeidenheimOH! In der Stiftskirche

© Mellenthin
Tormis, Einfelde, Dzenītis, Vasks, Pärt, Mažulis
Marcus Creed; SWR Vokalensemble; Neuer Kammerchor Heidenheim

LondonTheatre of Voices – Baltic Voices

© João Messias
Tormis, Vasks, Tulve, Pärt, Saariaho
Theatre of Voices; Paul Hillier
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An illuminating yuletide journey in Seattle

Chroma © Wes Kim
Karen P. Thomas and Seattle Pro Musica offer a refreshingly original holiday concert exploring the choral music of Scandinavia and the Baltic nations.
****1
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Imogen Heap and the Holst Singers at the Roundhouse

Imogen Heap and the Estonian Television Girls Choir, Reverb 2012,  ©  Chris Christodoulou
It isn't often you hear six members of the Estonian Television Girls Choir join forces with the Holst Singers and Imogen Heap to perform a live a cappella soundtrack to a 1920s French surrealist film about a libidinous priest. But I am delighted to have seized the opportunity last night, when this bizarre setup hit the Camden Roundhouse as part of this year's genre-baiting Reverb festival.
***11
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Elgar and Estonia rub shoulders in Vienna

Anu Tali,  ©  Kadri Tali
Orchestral concerts bookended by Adès and Elgar are nothing new in Britain, but despite both composers being performed with increasing regularity in Vienna over the last few years, this event – to my knowledge – was the first to place them side by side.
***11
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