15.11.08 7pm Töölö Church, Helsinki
Helsinki Chamber Choir
directed by Charles Barbier and Jukka Jokitalo
Madrigals and chansons ancient and modern continue the theme of the season’s opening concert. Today’s programme features eight solo singers from the Helsinki Chamber Choir, and continues the choir’s exploration of the works of Luciano Berio begun last season with A-Ronne. Robin Holloway’s brilliantly colourful music is far too little known in the Nordic countries. Centenarian Elliott Carter has written very little choral music, so it is with great pleasure that we present his very recent contribution to the genre. Dufay’s secular music covers an extraordinarily wide range of expression, and some of the masterpieces of the brief English madrigal tradition complete the programme.
||Sing we at pleasure
||Ah, dear heart
||How can it be? (Scandinavian premiere)
||What is our life?
|The silver swan
||Mad Regales (European premiere)
|Guillaume de Machaut:
||Dame, de qui toute ma joie vient|
||J’ay mis mon cuer et ma pensee|
|J’atendray tant qu’il vous playra|
|Mon cuer me fait tous dispenser|
||Cries of London
The 23-strong Finnish chorus was an unbeatable exponent of this piece [Rautavaara's Vigilia], showing not only their technical discipline but also a breathtaking range of sonorities.