Le Nazaréen

Saturday, April 12th 2008, 5pm

Sandels Hall, Topeliuksenkatu 2 (Töölöntori)

Nils Schweckendiek conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nina Hyvärinen, dance and choreography

Gregorian chant:
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
(commissioned work)
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 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