VOCES8 – Opening concert from London

https://autunnale.no Wednesday September 23 2020, 18:00

September 23, 18:00 CEST
Digital concert: https://autunnale.no

Just before the pandemic broke out, VOCES8 and Edvard Grieg Kor were on their way to a new collaboration. The physical meeting must now wait, but Autunnalen is happy to still have VOCES8 on the program, with a digital opening concert from London!

The music is composed especially with the festival theme Bedehus in mind, and consists of expressive vocal works by, among others, Pärt, Gibbons and Rachmaninov, intertwined with selected hymns and hymns.

The title “After Silence” is taken from an essay by Aldous Huxley on the power of music:
Next to the silence
music is the closest thing
to express the unspeakable.

Singing and music have traditionally been a big part of the house of prayer culture, and in these difficult times the value of getting together and singing, and the experience of community and unity has become even more important.

VOCES8 is one of the world’s most famous vocal ensembles. They tour the world, both as an acappella ensemble, and in collaboration with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists, with a very varied repertoire.

Orlando Gibbons:
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
Arvo Pärt:
The Deer’s Cry
Sir Charles Hubert Parry:
The Songs of Farewell
1 – My Soul there is a Country
2 – Never Weather Beaten Sail
3 – There is an Old Belief
Jean Sibelius:
Be Still My Soul (Finland)
Jonathan Dove:
Stephen Paulus:
The Road Home
Sergei Rachmaninov:
Bogoroditse Devo

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas