The cantata gems by Sibelius have been overshadowed by the maestro's other works. However, they serve as exciting portals to his symphonic world. Maan virsi (Hymn of the Earth, 1920) is a deep-hued, patriotic and lyrical song in praise of nature, with charming orchestral sections. The texts are available in Finnish (original by Eino Leino), Swedish, German and English. Recorded by BIS.
Duration ca 8 minutes.
The orchestral material is available for hire from the publisher.