Both seasoned lovers of choral music and new visitors will find much to enjoy in this Nederlands Kamerkoor programme with its Finnish overtones. The breathtaking Vigilia, composed by the Finn Einojuhani Rautavaara, belongs undoubtedly in the category ‘monumental choral works’. After the performances of major Russian-oriented choral works such as Rachmaninov’s Vespers and the Concert for Choir by Alfred Schnittke, chief conductor Peter Dijkstra is now pulling out all the stops with a performance of the Finnish counterpart of Rachmaninov’s Vespers. Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) wrote his Vigilia for the Orthodox liturgy, inspired by an experience from his childhood, when he visited an Orthodox monastery. The sounds of this work exude the scent of the incense-shrouded arches of Byzantine churches. There is ominous whispering, magical murmuring and a thunderous choral sound in this unforgettable work by one of the greatest Finnish composers of our time.

 

Einojuhani Rautavaara Vigilia

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Peter Dijkstra chief conductor

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