Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen
10 December 2017 / 17:00
Milton Court Concert Hall
Music by teacher and pupil, complementary but distinctive, sits side by side in this focus on the two major Finnish composers’ choral music.
Einojuhani Rautavaara, who died in 2016, was one of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s teachers in Helsinki and this late-afternoon concert juxtaposes choral works by the two men. The Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann joins the BBC Singers for a programme of music set to texts that range from the Mass to Dante (2014’s Iri da iri). Rautavaara’s Our Joyful’st Feast sets English words with glorious results while his Missa a Capella (2011) builds on an earlier setting of the Credo from 1972. The concert opens with two songs setting the poetry of Ann Jäderlund, music of great sensuality that hearkens back to the counterpoint of Palestrina.
Programme & Performers
Esa-Pekka Salonen Two Songs from Kalender Röd
Rautavaara Our Joyful’st
Esa-Pekka Salonen Dona Nobis Pacem
Rautavaara Missa a Capella
Esa-Pekka Salonen Iri da iri
Baldur Brönnimann conductor