Discography

Estonian National Male Choir

Estonian National Male Choir (also known as RAM) was established by Estonian choral music legend, conductor and composer Gustav Ernesaks. Having sung mostly a cappella during its early years, RAM has grown into a world-famous professional choir that often performs large symphonic compositions. Estonian National Male Choir also frequently records for Estonian National Broadcasting.

 

In 2004 RAM was awarded the Grammy award for the best choral performance, first for Estonia (Sibelius’ cantatas, in collaboration with Ellerhein choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi). During last five years the choir has released two CDs, including “In Paradisum” with compositions by Galina Grigorjeva, which in 2015 won the award for the best classical album in Estonia. The most recent CD was released by Aurora and includes music by Norwegian composer Henrik Ødegaard. Yet to be released is a CD featuring Italian composers Giovanni Bonato and Giovanni Gabrieli.

 

Starting from the 2011/12 season Estonian National Male Choir is led by chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja. The list of previous conductors includes Harald Uibo, Uno Järvela, Olev Oja, Kuno Areng, Ants Üleoja, Ants Soots, Kaspars Putniņš and others. The choir’s repertoire spans from renaissance to contemporary. Besides many Estonian composers, RAM has premiered compositions by such luminaries as Dmitri Shostakovich, Otar Taktakshvili, Gavin Bryars and Giovanni Bonato.

 

During its long history Estonian National Male Choir has performed all over Estonia and former Soviet Union, as well as in many European countries, Israel, Canada, USA, China, Japan and Singapore. In 2017 the choir sung a cappella and with orchestras in China (Shanghai), Russia (St Petersburg), Belgium (Bruessel), Finland (Helsinki). In 2018 the concerts took place in China (Beijng, Shanghai), Hong Kong (46th Hong Kong Arts Festival), in Singapore’s famous Esplanade Concert Hall and in Japan (Tokyo NHK Hall, Matsuyama, Toyota, Toride, Sendai, Nagano, Hiroshima) and in 2019 in France (Strasbourg).

 

In 2015 Estonian National Male Choir and Mikk Üleoja were awarded the State Cultural Award, marking the choir’s remarkable performances.




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Jean Sibelius

Kullervo


Johann Rusanen-Kartano, soprano

Ville Rusanen, baritone

Estonian National Male Choir

The Polytech Choir

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, conductor

ODE 1338-5



Released 10/2019

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