Suomeksi

On the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare

Sat 23 Apr 2016 7.00 pm
The Rock Church, Helsinki

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: No longer mourn for me
ALEX FREEMAN: A Wilderness of Sea (world premiere)
HANS WERNER HENZE: Oberon *
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Three Shakespeare Songs
 - väliaika - interval -
HANS WERNER HENZE:
Touchstone, Audrey and William *
JOHN TAVENER:
Three Shakespeare Sonnets (Finnish premiere)
HANS WERNER HENZE: Ariel *
FRANK MARTIN: 5 Songs of Ariel
* from Royal Winter Music: Guitar sonata no. 1
Otto Tolonen, guitar
Helsingin kamarikuoro
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

William Shakespeare died on 23rd April 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, aged 52. Exactly 400 years later, the Helsinki Chamber Choir performs powerful choral settings of some of the Bard’s texts, including Alex Freeman’s newly-commissioned A Wilderness of Sea and the first Finnish performance of one of the last works by the English mystic John Tavener (who died in 2013), as well as classics by Frank Martin and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Hans Werner Henze would have turned 90 this year, and guitar virtuoso Otto Tolonen pays tribute with selections from the German master’s First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters, written forty years ago in 1975-76.

Tickets: 17,50€ - 7,50€, Ticketmaster (Lippupalvelu)

Broadcast on Yle Radio 1


Alex Freeman (Photo by Lars Johnson)
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.
Rian Evans,
The Guardian, London