The Spirit of the Madrigal
28.09.08 7pm Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki
Helsinki Chamber Choir, conductor Nils Schweckendiek
Saara Rautio, harp
The Helsinki Chamber Choir’s season opens with a tribute to the tirelessly energetic composer, conductor and festival director Tapio Tuomela to mark his 50th birthday. The programme also explores the spirit of the madrigal from the 14th to the 21st centuries, a theme that is continued in November’s concert. Gideon Klein was a leading figure in the cultural life of the Theresienstadt concentration camp before his murder in the gas chambers by the Nazis at the age of 25. Completing the evening is the first Helsinki performance of Aki Yli-Salomäki’s dreamily floating vocalise.
|Guillaume de Machaut:
||Biaute qui toutes autres pere|
||E si fussi pisci
||Papiermusik (world premiere of the revised version)|
||Uumenissa (HKK commission)
||Puuhaara Songs (world premiere)
|O süßer Mai
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.