CONCERT:

Venus Unwrapped

KoncertKirken, Copenhagen
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 7.30pm

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While Arvo Pärt is the world’s best-known Estonian composer, less familiar are the names of female composers working in the nation’s rich choral tradition. In this programme, Paul Hillier and his acclaimed Theatre of Voices present some of the finest new vocal chamber music to come out of the Baltic States.

There’s a world premiere work from Helena Tulve, based on Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North and Peteris Vasks’ powerful Window Encounter. Galina Grigorjeva is from the Crimea, but settled in Estonia; she has developed her own resonant style rooted in early Russian polyphony and chant. Finally, from Estonia, comes Veljo Tormis’s The Bishop and the Pagan, the story of early interaction between Finland (the pagans) and Britain (Bishop Henry). Latvian nights, Finnish farewells and Estonian encounters.

Venus Unwrapped

Photo: Pritt Simson

PROGRAMME:

VELJO TORMIS(Estonia)
The Bishop and the Pagan

ARVO PÄRT (Estonia)
Da pacem

GALINA GRIGORJEVA (Estonia)
Lamento

GALINA GRIGORJEVA
O Virgin Theotikos (from Vespers)

ARVO PÄRT(Estonia)
Virgencita

PETERIS VASKS (Latvia)
From ‘Three Poems by Czeslaw Milosz'
- Window
- Encounter

HELENA TULVE (Estonia)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Bashō)
(1st performance)

ARTISTS:

Michala Petri, recorder
Ying-Hsueh Chen, percussion

Theatre of Voices
- Else Torp
- Kate Macoboy
- Signe Asmussen
- Laura Lamph
- Paul Bentley-Angell
- Jakob Skjoldborg
- Jakob Bloch Jespersen
- Ben Mckee

Paul Hillier, artistic director

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