Jouluyö, juhlayö. Christmas Carols

Soile Isokoski, soprano
YL Male Voice Choir
Aale Lindgrén, cor anglais
Pertti Eerola, organ
Matti Hyökki, conductor

Finnish traditional


Booklet with song lyrics in the original language and in English

October 2006

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1088-2


Track listing

CD 66:52
Joseph Vogler
1 Hoosianna (Hosanna) 3:15
2 Maa on niin kaunis (The Earth is Beautiful) 2:39
Karl Collan (1828-1871)
3 Sylvian joululaulu (Sylvia's Carol) 4:16
Martti Hela (1890-1965)
4 Jouluihme (Christmas Miracle) 3:47
Selim Palmgren (1878-1951)
5 Ja neitsyt pikku poijuttansa (The Virgin Rocks Her Baby Boy) 3:08
Heino Kaski (1885-1957)
6 Mökit nukkuu lumiset (The Snowbound Cabins Sleep) 4:05
Melchior Vulpius (1560-1615)
7 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo! How a Rose, E’er Blooming) 5:24
Teuvo Hakasalo
8 Jouluyönä (On Christmas Night) 2:12
Pekka Juhani Hannikainen (1854-1924)
9 Jouluaattona (Oi terve, joulukuusi) 1:43
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
10 En etsi valtaa, loistoa (We Ask for Nothing Rich or Rare), Op. 1 3:34
Otto Kotilainen (1868-1936)
11 Kunnia korkeudessa (Glory in the Highest) 3:11
Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
12 Alleluia 4:27
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
13 Joulun virsi (Christmas Hymn) for male choir (1953) 1:22
Franz Gruber (1787–1863)
14 Jouluyö, juhlayö (Silent Night, Holy Night) 4:53
Otto Kotilainen (1868-1936)
15 Varpunen jouluaamuna (A Sparrow on Christmas Morning) 4:12
Ahti Sonninen (1914-1984)
16 Jouluhymni 2:24
Jukka Linkola (1955-)
Christmas Suite (trad.)
17 I. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Taas rauhaa, hyvät herrat) 3:20
18 II. Deck the Hall (Kuusen kotiin tuoda saamme) 2:02
19 III. The First Nowell (Ensimmäinen joulu) 3:32
20 IV. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Taas toivotus hyvän joulun) 2:38

Press review

From the annual clutch of carol-based collections Jouluyö, juhlayö particularly catches the attention. (...) served up by the outstanding YL Male Voice Choir of Helsinki. This is choral singing of elevated quality, technically impeccable but with absolutely no evident straining for effect.
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, December 2007

Isokoski sings Christmas Carols with such a humility and sincerity that it seizes the heart of the listener. When one adds the starry-sky like brightness and spaciousness of her voice, we are at the core of the art of singing.
Risto Nordell, Kirkko & Kaupunki - Magazine, October 2006

Complete description

This Christmas release features star soprano Soile Isokoski in favourite Christmas Carols from Finland, Germany and Britain. Matti Hyökki conducts the renowned Finnish YL Male Voice Choir accompanied by organ and cor anglais. Released in Finland in October 2006, this disc sold over 15,000 copies in two months and won Gold Disc from the Finnish IFPI.

Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski is recognised as one of the finest singers in the world. Her rendition of Luonnotar and orchestral songs by Sibelius won both the BBC Music Magazine Award Disc of the Year and a Midem Classical Award in 2007 (ODE 1080-5). Four Last Songs and other orchestral songs by Richard Strauss with Marek Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra received a Gramophone Award in 2002 (ODE 982-2).

The YL Male Voice Choir is one of the world's most prominent male voice choirs. Founded at the University of Helsinki in 1883, it is the oldest Finnish language choir in Finland with an extensive history of concerts, several tours abroad and numerous critically acclaimed recordings.

This recording also features:
Antero Törhönen, tenor (17)
Keimo Joensuu, bass (17, 19)
Mikko Tiira, tenor (18, 19)
Mikko Lehti & Teemu Rinttilä, tenors (18)