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Nordic Stars 2: Evening Concert

Performers

Helsinki Chamber Choir o.l.v. Nils Schweckendiek
Ars Nova Copenhagen o.l.v. Paul Hillier

Soloist

Geerten van de Wetering, orgel

Program

Helsinki Chamber Choir:
Alex Freeman Sydämeni laulu
Jean Sibelius Sydämeni laulu,Saarella palaa
Fredrik Pacius Vårmorgonen
Daniel Friderici from Piae Cantiones (1625)
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Cantique de Siméon
Daniel Friderici uit Piae Cantiones (1625) Jucundare jugiter
Einojuhani Rautavaara A Book of Life / Elämän kirja (Ditch première)
Alex Freeman O years and graves!

Ars Nova Copenhagen:
Julia Wolfe Guard my tongue
Peter Maxwell Davies A Norske Pater Noster
Anonymous Remember me my dear
Peter Maxwell Davies Sea Runes
James Macmillan The gallant weaver
Pelle Gudmundsen Holmgreen May in the Greenwood
Vagn Holmboe Two Ballads
Louis Andriessen Un beau baiser
Heinrich Isaac Alla battaglia
Tomas Luis da Victoria Alma redemptoris mater, O magnum mysterium, Salve Regina
Einojuhani Rautavaara Lorca Suite
Krzysztof Penderecki: Agnus Dei (together with Helsinki Chamber Choir)

Explanation

The Choral Biennale has never presented anything like this: two separate concerts performed by four of the best professional chamber choirs in existence. They are all from the far North - Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - to sing a marathon programme in Haarlem’s magnificent St. Bavo Church. Scandinavia and Finland have produced fantastic composers, singers and choirs for generations. But now you can hear it in a unique, one-day festival offering more than 50 works by around 30 composers – from Bach to Pärt and from Victoria to Schönberg. Please don’t expect traditional concerts: the choirs will make use of the huge St Bavo space in imaginative ways and they’ll also join forces to sing at least one piece together. Two prize winners of previous Haarlem International Improvisation Organ Competition are invited back for short improvisations in each programme.

Finland and Denmark
The Helsinki Chamber Choir opens the second part of this Nordic marathon. The heart of this performance is the great modern Finnish master Rautavaara and the last piece he was to complete before his death. The work receives it’s Dutch première. Nils Schweckendiek conducts a programme spanning almost four centuries, but with the emphasis on music of the 20thcentury for which this choir is famed. Their choice of Ducth composr? Sweelinck! NORDIC STARS closes with the world-famous Ars Nova Copenhagen, led by Paul Hillier. An incredibly varied programme, they sing beautiful pieces, many of them already on Ars Nova recordings, including James MacMillan, Julia Wolfe, and a relatively unknown a cappella work by Louis Andriessen. Again, the two choirs join forces at the end of the evening for a joint performance.
 
Geerten van de Wetering, winner of the 52ndInternational Organ Improvisation Competition Haarlem (2018), performs during this concert.
 
Vocal Point Round Table: 7:15pm to 7:45pm in the church. Free admission on presentation of your ticket.

The afternoon concert and the evening concert can be ordered as a combination or separately.

This concert is sponsored by Nordic Kultur Point.
 

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