Lumen Valo: Hymns from Mediæval & Renaissance Finland

May 8, 2019, 10:00 pm

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Olavinlinna in Savonlinna, Finland (Photo: User:Mikko Paananen, CC BY-SA 3.0, cropped, via Wikimedia Commons)

Lutheranism was introduced gradually in Finland, which itself was a part of Sweden until 1809. The ties with Rome were broken in the 1520s, but it took almost the whole century for the Reformation to take root throughout the country. In 1582, the Finnish student Petri Rutha published a collection of popular Central European mediæval and early Renaissance songs. In 1616 the texts were translated into Finnish and the second edition came in 1625, in an attempt to modernize some of the music. On this edition of Baroque&Before, Lumen Valo Vocal Ensemble is joined by Hedi Viisma, playing the kantele for a program of melodies from around the Baltic Sea

Recorded live in concert in celebration of European Early Music Day: March 21, 2019, in the German Church in Stockholm, Sweden. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer tonight’s program as a stream from May 9 through June 7. The blue “Listen” button below will be active when the stream is available.


Codex Westh (ca. 1540)
Tule pyhä hengi tän (Veni sancte spiritus)

Piae Cantiones
Ad perennis vitae fontem
Puer natus in Betlehem
Salve, flos et decor
Ain iloidca
Jucundare jugiter
Cedit hiems eminus
Ad perennis vitae fontem

Liber ecclesiae Birckala (1596)
Algusta ensin Inheminen

Codex Westh (ca. 1540)
Terve Jesu laupiudhen kuningas (Salve Regina)

Piae Cantiones
Aetas carmen melodiae

Stella splendens in monte from ’Llibre Vermell de Montserrat’

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Non moriar sed vivam

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Veni redemptor gentium (Gregorian Chant)
Verses 1 and 2 (Music: Martin Luther)
Verse 3 (Music: Johann Walther 1496-1570)
Verse 4 (Music: Balthasar Resinarius ca. 1485-1545)
Verse 5 (Music: Martin Luther)
Verse 6 (Music: Michael Praetorius 1571-1621)
Verses 7 and 8 (Music: Martin Luther)

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat
Mariam Matrem virginem
Imperayritz de la Ciutat joyosa

Piae Cantiones
Ramus virens olivarum
In dulci jubilo
Christe, Herra hyvä

Hedi Viisma, kantele
Lumen Valo Vocal Ensemble