Mad Regales

15.11.08 7pm Töölö Church, Helsinki

Helsinki Chamber Choir
directed by Charles Barbier and Jukka Jokitalo

Madrigals and chansons ancient and modern continue the theme of the season’s opening concert.  Today’s programme features eight solo singers from the Helsinki Chamber Choir, and continues the choir’s exploration of the works of Luciano Berio begun last season with A-Ronne.  Robin Holloway’s brilliantly colourful music is far too little known in the Nordic countries.  Centenarian Elliott Carter has written very little choral music, so it is with great pleasure that we present his very recent contribution to the genre.  Dufay’s secular music covers an extraordinarily wide range of expression, and some of the masterpieces of the brief English madrigal tradition complete the programme.
Thomas Weelkes:
Sing we at pleasure
Thomas Tomkins:
Music divine
Orlando Gibbons:
Ah, dear heart
Robin Holloway:
How can it be? (Scandinavian premiere)
Orlando Gibbons:
What is our life?

The silver swan
Elliott Carter:
Mad Regales (European premiere)
Guillaume de Machaut:
Dame, de qui toute ma joie vient
Guillaume Dufay:
J’ay mis mon cuer et ma pensee

J’atendray tant qu’il vous playra

Mon cuer me fait tous dispenser
Luciano Berio:
Cries of London

I can truly say from my experience of working with many professional choirs that this choir belongs to the top.
Peter Dijkstra,
choral conductor