9 Jul 2016 - St Laurence Church, Reading,

A mid-summer’s evening with songs of love and sounds from Nordic lands awaits us on 9th July. Performed in the informal surroundings of St Laurence Church in Reading, this programme reflects the characteristic interest in sonority which is such a key element of music from this region.

The music of Sven-David Sandström has been a favourite for the Reading Bach Choir for a few years now. We look forward to exploring his rich and sensuous Songs of Love as well as Jan Sandström’s ethereal arrangement of Es ist ein Ros.

Jakko Mäntyjärvi’s Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae is a dramatic and evocative memorial to lives lost at sea.

His fellow Finn, Einojuhani Rautavaara, is said to be the leading Finnish composer of his generation and takes inspiration from the slowly unwinding Orthodox liturgy. He is quoted as saying “It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches ‘a glimpse of eternity through the window of time…”

From Norway, music by Knut Nystedt sits alongside the famous Pentecost Chorale from Greig’s Peer Gynt.

Don’t miss this rich and feast of Scandinavian delights.

The full programme is:-

Trad. – Den blomstertid nu kommer (Now is the time of flowers)
Grieg – Pentecost Psalm from Peer Gynt
Rautavaara – Sommarnatten (Summer night)
Rautavaara-Ehtoohymni (Evening hymn) and Psalm of Invocation from Vigilia ( All night Vigil )
Mäntyjärvi – Canticum Calamitatis
Knut Nystedt – The Word Became Flesh
Per Nørgård – Flos Ut Rosa Floruit and Gaudet Mater
Sven-David Sandström – Songs of Love
Jan Sandström – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen