The Spirit of the Madrigal

28.09.08 7pm Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki    

Helsinki Chamber Choir, conductor Nils Schweckendiek
Saara Rautio, harp

The Helsinki Chamber Choir’s season opens with a tribute to the tirelessly energetic composer, conductor and festival director Tapio Tuomela to mark his 50th birthday.  The programme also explores the spirit of the madrigal from the 14th  to the 21st centuries, a theme that is continued in November’s concert.  Gideon Klein was a leading figure in the cultural life of the Theresienstadt concentration camp before his murder in the gas chambers by the Nazis at the age of 25.  Completing the evening is the first Helsinki performance of Aki Yli-Salomäki’s dreamily floating vocalise.

Jacobus Gallus:
Doctus ait

O homo

Ne iactes
Guillaume de Machaut:
Biaute qui toutes autres pere
Luciano Berio:
E si fussi pisci
Tapio Tuomela:
Papiermusik (world premiere of the revised version)
Aki Yli-Salomäki:
Uumenissa (HKK commission)
Gideon Klein:
Two Madrigals
Tapio Tuomela:
Puuhaara Songs (world premiere)
Johannes Brahms:
Das Mädchen

O süßer Mai

Verlorne Jugend


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