Saturday, April 12th 2008, 5pm
Sandels Hall, Topeliuksenkatu 2 (Töölöntori)
Nils Schweckendiek conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nina Hyvärinen, dance and choreography
||Inveni David servum meum
|Pierre de la Rue:||Absalon fili me|
|Nicolas Gombert:||Lugebat David Absalon|
|Olivier Messiaen:||O sacrum convivium|
|Francis Poulenc:||Exultate Deo|
|Charles Leconte de Lisle:||Le Nazaréen|
|Matthew Whittall:||ad puram annihilationem meam
|Francis Poulenc:||Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence|
|Gregorian chant:||O sacrum convivium|
Our journey ends with a concert of francophone music addressing questions of spirituality, sorrow and doubt. Francis Poulenc's intensely felt and masterfully-scored choral music forms the pinnacle of his output. Two Renaissance motets conclude our exploration of the David and Absalon theme, while we mark Olivier Messiaen's 100th birthday year with his magical early choral work. The Canadian composer Matthew Whittall was commissioned to write a French-language piece for the Helsinki Chamber Choir following his impressive composition concert at Musica Nova Helsinki in 2007.
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The work with them was exciting and efficient. They have a particular ability to adapt themselves to a different sound and aesthetic conception. Their flexibility and enthusiasm gave me the the possibility to work in-depth because of the individual human, vocal and musical qualities of each singer.