Chamber Concert: Your soul was a white lily

Fri 15 Apr 2016 7.00 pm
St Thomas’ Church, Pihlajatie 16, Helsinki

TOIVO KUULA: Heidezauber
JEAN SIBELIUS: På verandan vid havet
TOIVO KUULA: Merenkylpijäneidot
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TOIVO KUULA: Lauantai-ilta
KAIJA SAARIAHO: Rauha (Leino Songs)
TOIVO KUULA: Jääkukkia
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ERICH W. KORNGOLD: Drei Lieder op. 22:
      Was Du mir bist
      Mit Dir zu schweigen
      Welt ist stille eingeschlafen
ERICH W. KORNGOLD: Marietta's Song from the opera Die tote Stadt

Varvara Merras-Häyrynen, soprano
Joel Papinoja, piano

At our April chamber concert, soprano Varvara Merras-Häyrynen and pianist Joel Papinoja open up the rich emotional world of songs by Toivo Kuula, Jean Sibelius, Kaija Saariaho and Erich W. Korngold. The concert includes Kuula’s rarely-heard large-scale work Merenkylpijäneidot (Sea-Bathing Maids) as well as Sibelius’ Höstkväll (Autumn Evening) and På verandan vid havet (On the Veranda by the Sea), in which we hear his musical language at its most advanced. The performers have also chosen a thrilling group of three songs from the output of the Austrian-American composer Korngold, and the evening ends with the enchanting aria Marietta’s Song from his opera Die tote Stadt.

Free admission, programme 10€

In collaboration with: The Parish of Meilahti

Varvara Merras-Häyrynen
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