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Hosanna in Excelsis!


The Christmas CD of Pia Freund and Kirsi Kiviharju exceeds the exeptations of the critical audience.

Kirkkomusiikkilehti 8/2004

Hosianna in Excelsis! Kirsi Kiviharju and Pia Freund

Works on the CD:

Mökit nukkuu lumiset   (Heino Kaski , arr. Linda Rollo)
(Juhani Pohjanmies, arr. Linda Rollo)
Adeste Fidelis  
(John F. Wade, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Kristuslapsen kehtolaulu  
(Erkki Melartin)
Taas kaikki kauniit muistot  
(Sulho Ranta, arr. Linda Rollo)
Maa on niin kaunis  
(trad. Silesian, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Tule hiutale   (Ilkka Kuusisto)
Kuusen kotiin tuoda saamme  
(Old Welsh, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Away in a Manger  
(Martin Luther, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Il est Né le Divin Enfant  
(French trad., arr . Linda Rollo)
La Marche  
(French trad., arr. Linda Rollo)
Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle  
(procencal trad., arr. Linda Rollo)
Joulu ensimmäinen  
(English trad., arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Tuo armon valkokyyhky  
( Michael Praetorius, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Ding Dong! Merrily on High  
(English trad., arr. Linda Rollo)
What Child is this?  
(English trad., arr. Linda Rollo)
Jouluyö, juhlayö  
(Franz Gruber, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
That youngë Child
from Ceremony of Carols   (Benjamin Britten)
Corpus Christi Carol
from A Boy was Born   (Benjamin Britten)
Coventry Carol  
(English trad., arr. Linda Rollo)
Enkellaulu kajahtaa  
(Felix Mendelssohn, arr. S. McDonald - L. Wood) *
Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day  
(English trad., arr. Linda Rollo)

* Kirsi Kiviharju, harp solo

The combination of harp and vocals is not commenly used. The duo of Freund-Kiviharju has been successful for many years. Critics have been consistently impressed by Freund's soprano voice merging with the sound of Kiviharju's harp - this unique harmony leads the duo to be very enjoyable.

The program on the CD Hosanna in Excelsis! consists of the lesser known Finnish Christmas carols, joyful English ones as well as some rare French ones. There are also Christmas carols performed as harp solos. Most arrangements for the vocal Christmas carols and harp solos are made by the American harpists Linda Wood Rollo and Susann McDonald. These magnificent arrrangements are vital to the composition of the Christmas CD.

The CD was recorded by Mika Koivusalo in the Hämeenkylä church in Vantaa, Finland.

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