Guest Appearances 2007/08

Contemporary sacral music

Sunday, September 30th 2007, 7.30pm
Tapiola church, Espoo

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Soli Deo Gloria Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Juhani Lamminmäki

James MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross
(Finnish premiere)

The Scottish composer James MacMillan has received international acclaim for his spiritually-inspired music in recent years. His powerful 45-minute work for choir and string orchestra is here performed in Finland for the first time.

Olemusten värisevään pohjaan asti

Saturday, October 20th 2007, 6pm
Oulu Cathedral
Concert at Uuden musiikin lokakuu festival

Pasi Hyökki conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Två sånger, part 1:
Kyss min mun
Jan Mikael Vainio: Två sånger, part 2:
Endast havet
Yrjö Mikkonen: Nukkumaan
Tapio Lappalainen:
Veijo Kuosmanen:
Juhani Nuorvala:
Kolme madrigaalia
Jouko Tötterström:
Gammel mann
Olli Roman: Kukkiva maa

The Helsinki Chamber Choir heads north to perform music by Oulu-based composers in their home town. Also on the programme are two recent works premiered by the choir, as well as the second of Esa-Pekka Salonen's two choruses on texts by Ann Jäderlund.

Sacral works by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Sunday, April 6th 2008, 7pm
Paavali church, Helsinki
Opening concert of the Kirkko soikoon festival

Helsinki Chamber Choir, conducted by Nils Schweckendiek
Esa Ruuttunen,  baritone and reciting
Johannes Piirto, piano

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