Den älskande

Sunday, November 4th 2007, 5pm
Sandels Hall, Topeliuksenkatu 2 (Töölöntori)

Pasi Hyökki conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir

Esa-Pekka Salonen:
Kyss min mun
Jan Mikael Vainio: Endast havet
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Sommarnatten
Juhani Nuorvala: Kolme madrigaalia
Jean Sibelius: Rakastava
Tapio Lappalainen: Viimeiselle
Anders Hillborg: muoayiyoum
(Finnish premiere)

To celebrate the special relationship between Sweden and Finland, the choir's journey begins by bringing one of the masterpieces of Swedish choral music to Finland for the first time. We mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Jean Sibelius with a performance of his most famous work for choir, and perform three significant Swedish-language works by Finnish composers. The programme is completed by a revival of Nuorvala's otherworldly madrigals, a Helsinki Chamber Choir commission, and an introduction to the work of the young Oulu-based composer Tapio Lappalainen.
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