Christmas concert: Väistykää, te surun henget!

Sat 21 December 2013 7.00 pm
Kallio Church, Helsinki

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Elina Mattila, cello
Anna-Maria Lehtoaho, organ
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

J.S. Bach Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Einojuhani Rautavaara Missa a cappella
J.S. Bach Jesu, meine Freude
Jean Sibelius En etsi valtaa, loistoa
Nyt seimelle pienoisen lapsen
Einojuhani Rautavaara Our Joyful'st Feast
Selim Palmgren Rauhanruhtinas
Ahti Sonninen

A Christmas concert with a difference: alongside well-known Finnish seasonal music, the Helsinki Chamber Choir concludes its celebration of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s 85th birthday year with a performance of his second great religious choral work, the Missa a cappella. There is more Rautavaara in the second half of the concert: Our Joyful’st Feast was premiered in this same space by the same performers five years ago to the day. Ever-popular motets by Johann Sebastian Bach round out a programme that promises a moment of peaceful introspection amid the Christmas rush and is guaranteed to send you home with a warm glow inside!

18 € / pensioners 15 € / other concessions 6 €

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