Rauhan ja valon lauluja

Sat 5 April 2014 7.00 pm
Espoo Cathedral
Sun 6 April 2014 6.00 pm
Tampere Cathedral
Fri 11 April 2014 7.00 pm
Porvoo Cathedral

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

J.S. Bach
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Lotta Wennäkoski Ommel (first performance)

Valossa (first performance)
Jonathan Harvey Plainsongs for Peace and Light
J.S. Bach Jesu, meine Freude

As we look towards Easter, the Helsinki Chamber Choir tours the cathedrals of southern Finland with a programme of spiritual music.  Two of Bach’s masterful and much-loved motets frame the premiere of a new work by Lotta Wennäkoski, her first choral piece in many years. Jonathan Harvey, who died in December 2012, was deeply interested in questions of spirituality, philosophy and the nature of inspiration. Appropriately for someone who returned to writing for choirs time and again throughout his life, his last composition, commissioned by Tenso (an association of European professional chamber choirs), is a plainsong-inspired work for sixteen singers.

Free admission, program 10€
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