Take a musical journey throughout the northern regions of Europe and North America with the celestial voices of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to guide you. This performance will touch your soul as it showcases the Choir’s wide-ranging and inspiring repertoire.
The first part of the concert introduces music lovers to moving and sometimes fervent songs from Finland, Canada, Great Britain and Estonia that draw on elements of religious and folk-like symbols and sounds.
In the second half we experience the sounds of Estonia in the music of master composer Veljo Tormis. Known throughout the choral world for his vast body of work, as well as for accepting commissions from the Kings Singers and the Hilliard Ensemble amongst others, Tormis’ music references his national folksongs in both text, melody and style.
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA Suite de Lorca
MURRAY SCHAFER Epitaph for Moonlight
ARVO PÄRT Magnificat
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA Canticum Mariae Virginis
BENJAMIN BRITTEN Hymn to St. Peter
Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste
VELJO TORMIS Tornikell minu külas / Tower Bell IN My Village
VELJO TORMIS Sinikan laulu / Sinikka ́s Song
VELJO TORMIS Laevas Lauldakse / Singing Aboard Ship
VELJO TORMIS Virmalised / Northern Lights
VELJO TORMIS Raua needmine / Curse Upon Iron
Image: Kaupo Kikkas
Duration: 2hrs including interval
Sat 16 Feb 2pm
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The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (the EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The choir was founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who went on to be its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor for 20 years. Between 2001–07, the English musician Paul Hillier took over and from 2008 to 2013 the choir was conducted by Daniel Reuss from the Netherlands. Since autumn of 2014, the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor has been a Latvian, Kaspars Putniņš. Every season the EPCC gives 60–70 concerts both in Estonia and abroad. Their repertoire extends from Gregorian chant and Baroque to the music of the 21st century, with a special focus on the works of Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva, Tõnu Kõrvits and others.
In addition to a cappella music, the programs feature major vocal-symphonic works by Bach, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninov as well as opera productions. Concert tours have taken the EPCC everywhere in Europe, as well as to Australia, Mexico, China, South Korea, Japan, plus 15 times to the USA and Canada. The choir has been a welcome guest at outstanding music festivals and venues including the BBC Proms, Mozartwoche, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Festival Aix-en-Provence, the International Cervantino Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Wiener Konzerthaus, Versailles Opéra Royal, the Barbican Centre, the Esplanade in Singapore, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The EPCC has worked with many outstanding conductors including Claudio Abbado, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Olari Elts, Roland Böer, Frieder Bernius, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McCreesh, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Gustavo Dudamel. AS well as working with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the EPCC has collaborated with internationally renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The choir has recorded music for labels such as ECM, Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi and Ondine, often resulting in award-winning CDs. They have won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance twice and have received 15 Grammy nominations and other awards including the Diapason d’Or, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Danish Music Award.
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