Chamber Concert: The heavens declare the glory of God

Fri 23 Sep 2016 7.00 pm
St Thomas’ Church, Helsinki

12 kvartettoa psalmien teksteihin (first performance)

Psalm Quartet
Varvara Merras-Häyrynen, sopraano
Elisabet Petsalo, altto
Heikki Hattunen, tenori
Sampo Haapaniemi, baritoni

Leonid Bashmakov (born 1927) is one of the foremost Finnish composers of his generation. Over the two decades since his retirement, he has composed a wealth of new Orthodox choral music and helped strengthen the vocal traditions of the Finnish Orthodox community. The twelve quartets on psalm texts, now receiving their first performance, were written in 2010–11 and intended to be sung by four solo voices. Bashmakov was inspired to write this work upon hearing the vocal-ensemble competition at the Orthodox Church Days in Joensuu. The work is very demanding, intended for professional singers, and comprises settings of verses from the Psalms chosen by the composer himself. Born in Terijoki, Bashmakov’s musical career has been concentrated in Tampere where he has worked as rector of the Tampere Conservatory, as a conductor and a composer. His extensive catalogue of works includes symphonies, concertos, chamber music and vocal music.

Free admission, programme 10€

In collaboration with: The Parish of Meilahti

Leonid Bashmakov
Photo by Maarit Kytöharju / Fimic
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.
Dominique Vellard,
choral conductor
and singer