...into something rich and strange

Sun 28 Aug 2016 7.00 pm
Ritarihuone, Helsinki

PERTTU HAAPANEN: …sino phonia, paronomasia
ALEX FREEMAN: A Wilderness of Sea

Helsingin kamarikuoro
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

Centuries-old words, new music. Lotta Wennäkoski has set an 8th-century Japanese tanka by Abe no Iratsume in translations to fve different languages, drawing on the properties of each language to bring out fve quite different interpretations of the same short poem. The Swiss composer Beat Furrer became fascinated by the prophecies of Leonardo da Vinci some years ago and has based a series of evocative and deceptively simple miniatures on these mysterious writings. Alex Freeman, an American who has made his home in Finland, has put together his own selection of water-related lines from the works of William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death, creating a sonorous and powerful seascape. The only work in the programme based on a contemporary text is Perttu Haapanen’s …sino phonia, paronomasia, in which the composer transforms an excerpt from poet Markku Paasonen’s Songs of a Town Sunk Under the Sea into “something rich and strange” with his playful approach to the sound and meaning of words.

Tickets to individual concerts 7–17€ or weekend pass 20–47€ (entry to all five concerts 26–28 Aug) from Ticketmaster.

This concert forms part of The Nordic Choir Expedition 2016: Tenso Days Helsinki. The same programme will be performed in the capital cities of the Scandinavian countries during the autumn:

20.8. 3.00 pm Oslo, Sentralen
22.10. 3.00 pm Tukholma, Eric Ericson Hall
23.10. 4.30 pm Kööpenhamina, Trinitatis-kirkko

The lines of each section of the choir were straight and clear, as if played by instruments, and yet soft and flexible, supporting an unbroken sense of breathing. Each group sang with pure intonation and the resonance between the voices took on a life of its own, so that the whole space was filled with ringing colours.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila,
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland