Messages

Fri 15/02/2019 19:00 - 21:00
Tickets: 37.00-7.00 €

Introduction

A mystic tension permeates Jonathan Harvey’s Messages, in which the choir recites mythological angel names, leading listeners on an ethereal journey across seven heavens.

A mystic tension permeates Jonathan Harvey’s Messages, in which the choir recites mythological angel names, leading listeners on an ethereal journey across seven heavens. Rachmaninoff’s last composition is at the same time an artistic testament, a dazzling dance suite and the highest expression of Russian longing.  

Jonathan Harvey: Messages
The choir can be thought to invoke angels, as in the great Renaissance and Baroque pictures of angel choirs, many of whom not only sing, but play Baroque instruments. Equally the choir can be imagined as being angels, bringing their spiritual messages to mankind. There is an echo of late Renaissance/early Baroque instrumental style to be heard in the opening 'continuo' flourish. The nine hierarchies angels are situated in the seven heavens, the seventh where the throne of God is usually said to reside, according to tradition. The music moves through the seven heavens in order. In the second heaven, St. Paul's comment in the Letter to the Hebrews (1:7) " He maketh the winds his angels" is allowed to suggest a musical closeness to this force of nature, and to the invisible mobility of angelic beings. In the fifth heaven distant brass call to each other from 'outer space', mirroring the role of several angels who 'announce' with trumpets.
 
John Adams: Tromba Lontana
Taking a subversive point of view on the idea of the generic loud, extrovert archetype of the fanfare, I composed a four-minute work that barely rises above mezzo piano and that features two stereophonically placed solo trumpets (to the back of the stage or on separate balconies), who intone gently insistent calls, each marked by a sustained note followed by a soft staccato tattoo. The orchestra provides a pulsing continuum of serene ticking in the pianos, harps and percussion. In the furthest background is a long, almost disembodied melody for strings that passes by almost unnoticed like nocturnal clouds.

Artists

  • Susanna Mälkki

    conductor

  • Musiikkitalon Kuoro

Programme

  • 19.00
    Jonathan Harvey

    Messages

  • John Adams

    Tromba Lontana

  • 21.00
    Sergei Rahmaninov

    Symphonic Dances

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