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David Vernier, August 2012

In the grand history of choral music, writing specifically for children’s choir is something top-rank composers have taken to only relatively recently…the eminent Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara not only regards the genre as worthy of serious attention, but honors it with a level of sophistication and complexity equal to any other.

Which is to say, just because this is a program of “kids” singing, don’t get the idea that it’s going to be easy listening. The innocent voices you may be expecting are here dealing with such subjects as devils dancing, death and the end of the world, love, a foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion, and the “powerful, blood-saturated and death-embracing poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca.”

…this is challenging music…but it’s undeniably honest in its explication of texts and in its expectations of the singers…there’s no denying the freshness and vitality—and sheer virtuosity—of the Tapiola Choir, whose founding principles and continued standards of musicianship and technical accomplishment place it among the world’s top vocal ensembles, one for whom any composer would be inspired to write. © 2012 Read complete review

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, March 2012

This release, besides containing some wonderful music, should serve as a sobering message to local music educators as to what’s possible for talented students…I salute everyone involved in this project. Choral music fans should snap this up immediately… © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Stephen Eddins, December 2011

All of the pieces on the album...demonstrate the composer’s gift for artless, memorable melody deployed with such inventiveness that it is never hackneyed or predictable. This may be music written for children to perform and enjoy, but its substance and depth give it plenty to offer adult sensibilities. The Tapiola Choir, led by Pasi Hyökki, sings with purity, sweetness, and mature musicality. The soloists are all superb, particularly soprano Tuuli Lindeberg in the title role in Marjatta. Ondine’s sound is clean, clear, and balanced. © 2011

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