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on December 11, 2012
chose this CD based on review by NPR. Being in Finnish, the tunes add that much more intrigue. Translation is included in the booklet.
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on November 1, 2012
This is a live recording of far more Finnish folk music (concerning murder) than anything that might resemble a classical CD, though there is lots of fairly intricate playing and crazed avant-garde noise bits. The tamer stuff has Great vernacular folk singing, that could easily fit on one of those commuter classical radio stations- just for the sheer novelty the nuttier stuff is also playable.
Quick run down:
1. Church bells with accordion drone and folkish song sung over top Great, very expressive singing. Enter large organ for postlude.
2. Accordion folk groove -another great singer in folkish tradition. Jazzy interlude between verses.
3. Opens with odd chaotic accordion playing with speaking overtop. Then it becomes clear this is electronically manipulated or multi-tracked. Again it goes into church organ-only this time versus electronic noise.
4. More asymmetrical jazzy groove with faux-Latin American vocals overtop. Enter organ towards end for big finish.
5. 5. Accordion sustains-over it woman voice crying then narrator, then guy singe/crying, then prerecorded crying.
6. Happy ending -back to the folk song stylings. Another crass ending, multi-tracked accordions and yelling.
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on March 5, 2013
I first heard of this on NPR.I was really excited to purchase and hear this CD.The CD jacket was quite a classic and unique,Upon inspection and having listened to this CD,I realized that unless you understand the finnish language there is no way understand what there singing about and no liner notes to translate what they're singing about.This leaves the listener lost
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