The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir presents a colourful programme of the Estonian music at the famous Barbican Centre in London to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Republic.
‘Solfeggio’, ‘Summa’, ‘Magnificat’, ‘Zwei Beter’, ‘The Woman With the Alabaster Box’, ‘Nunc Dimittis’, ‘Dopo la Vittoria’
‘The Psalms of David’ – ‘Blessed Is the Man’, ‘Psalm No 104’
‘St John’s Day Songs for Midsummer’s Eve’
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Conductor Kaspars Putninš
The programme features the crème de la crème of choral music by great Estonian composers of the last century as well as the present day. The programme opens with the music by the world-famous Estonian Arvo Pärt (b. 1935), whose works mesmerise people all over the world with the beauty of their sound and the profundity of their message. The EPCC has been invited to perform his music at many famous festivals and venues and has recorded his works for ECM and Harmonia Mundi, resulting in two Grammy Awards.
Another grand old man of Estonian music, Veljo Tormis (1930–2017), has composed almost exclusively for the voice; the most essential part of his oeuvre is connected with ancient folk songs of Estonians and other Finnic nations.
Estonian folk music was a source of inspiration also for Cyrillus Kreek (1889–1962), who arranged hundreds of secular and sacred folk tunes which attract large audiences with their simplicity and natural beauty.
The works by Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962) deserve appreciation for their remarkably subtle and animated melodic style. Her music is tightly linked to Slavonic sacred music, but also to early European polyphony. Her works have received already recognition and awards both in Estonia and abroad.
The concert will be staged by the London Barbican Centre.