Conductor Nils Schweckendiek
Alex Freeman (*1972): Sydämeni laulu (2018) (Aleksis Kivi)
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957): Sydämeni laulu (1904) (Aleksis Kivi)
Jean Sibelius: Saarella palaa (1898) (Kanteletar)
Fredrik Pacius (1809–91): Vårmorgonen (1846) (J.L. Runeberg)
Daniel Friderici (1584–1638): (Piae Cantiones 1625): Aetas carmen melodiae a2
Daniel Friderici (Piae Cantiones 1625): Aetas carmen melodiae a4
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621): Cantique de Siméon (1619)
Daniel Friderici (Piae Cantiones 1625): Jucundare jugiter (1625)
Alex Freeman: Fientliga stjärnor (Edith Södergran)
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016): Elämän kirja A Book of Life (mixed-choir arrangement, world premiere)
1. Kindheit (R. M. Rilke)
2. L’amoureuse (P. Éluard)
3. Ma bohème (A. Rimbaud)
4. Hope is the Thing with Feathers (E. Dickinson)
5. Are you Ready? (J. Broughton)
6. La mort des pauvres (C. Baudelaire)
7. Es lacht in dem steigenden Jahr dir (S. George)
8. Song of Myself (W. Whitman)
Alex Freeman: O years and graves! (W. Whitman)
Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, an honorary member of the Helsinki Chamber Choir, completed a version for mixed choir of his male choir work A Book of Life shortly before his death in 2016. This monumental work reflects on aspects of life through the poetry of Rilke, Baudelaire, Whitman and others, in English, German and French. Whitman, along with Aleksis Kivi and Edith Södergran, is also featured in Alex Freeman’s compellingly beautiful requiem Under the Arching Heavens, written to commemorate the centenary of the Finnish Civil War.
Exploring sorrow and contemplating the tragedy of war, the work progresses to consolation, continuity and determination. Contemporary music is juxtaposed with works by Fredrik Pacius and Jean Sibelius and with pieces from the first song book published in Finland, Piae Cantiones, paired with music by Dutch composer Sweelinck.
The Helsinki Chamber Choir is Finland’s only chamber choir formed of professional singers. It is a continuation of the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, founded in 1962, and adopted its present name in 2005. The choir performs core choral repertoire and technically and musically challenging works at a demanding professional level. Its purpose is to both uphold the Finnish choral tradition and to foster and perform new chamber choir repertoire of high quality.