Ecstasy and tragedy, the English way

Wed 13 May 2015 7.00 pm
Korundi, Rovaniemi
Thu 14 May 2015 7.00 pm
Ivalo Church

Lilli Maijala, viola
Helsingin kamarikuoro
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams Flos campi
Harrison Birtwistle­ Tragoedia­
Julian Anderson­ I saw Eternity­
Eugene Birman­ Field of the Dead
(Finnish premiere)­
Gustav Holst­ Lyric Movement­
Benjamin Britten,
arr. Imogen Holst­
Rejoice in the Lamb­

The Helsinki Chamber Choir’s first collaboration with the northernmost professional orchestra in the EU features a wide range of British music from the last 100 years, from the gently impressionistic world of Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harrison Birtwistle’s uncompromising, powerful masterpiece Tragoedia. Eugene Birman won Tenso Network Europe’s young composer prize in 2013 and his First World War-themed a cappella composition Field of the Dead here receives its Finnish premiere.

Tickets: 25€

In collaboration with: Lapland Chamber Orchestra
Korundi hall in Rovaniemi
(photo by Korundi House of Culture / Arto Liiti)
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