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Our joyful'st feast
composer
2008; commissioned by the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Nils Schweckendiek
author of text
When icicles hang: Love's Labour's Lost V:2; Some say that ever: Hamlet I:1
author of text
So, now is come our joyful'st feast, from A Christmas Caroll

Recordings
'Rautavaara: Choral Music' (CDA67787)
Rautavaara: Choral Music
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Our joyful'st feast
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Before Our joyful’st feast (2008), a recent addition to his catalogue, Rautavaara had written two Christmas hymns, both of them arrangements separated from their original context: Joulun virsi (‘Christmas hymn’), a brief partsong, was originally the final song of the solo song cycle Pyhiä päiviä (‘Holy days’, 1953); Marjatan jouluvirsi (‘Marjatta’s Christmas hymn’) was originally the final song of the mystery play Marjatta matala neiti (‘Marjatta, lowly maiden’), a setting of the Nativity as told in a folk tale in the Finnish national epic, written for the Tapiola Choir in 1975.

Rautavaara wrote in his programme notes: ‘When the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Nils Schweckendiek wished to commission me to write a choral work to be performed at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Christmas concert, I decided to set texts from two English Renaissance poets: two extracts from Shakespeare’s plays and a section from an extensive Christmas poem by his contemporary George Wither. These have a robust Renaissance joyfulness which I feel suits a European Christmas, even five hundred years later.’

from notes by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi © 2010

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67787 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-10-78714
Duration
4'41
Recording date
17 March 2009
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Rautavaara: Choral Music (CDA67787)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: January 2010
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