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Nordic Stars 1: Afternoon Concert


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir o.l.v. Fredrik Malmberg
Det Norske Solistkor o.l.v. Grete Pedersen


Geerten Liefting, orgel


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir:
J.S. Bach - Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
Andreas Hallén - Philharmonie
Maija Einfelde - Vakars
Sven-Erik Bäck - Natten är framskriden
Åke Malmfors Wiegenlied - Scherzlied
Arvo Pärt - Ode lX from Kanon pokajanen
Hans Kox – Doulce Mémoire
Gösta Nyström - Tre havsvisioner
Sven-David Sandström - Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

Det Norske Solistkor:
Helmut Lachenmann - Consolation II
J.S. Bach - Jesu, meine Freude
Gyorgy Kurtag - Ommagio a Luigi Nono (movements 3-5)
Eivind Buene - Shubert singt II (Dutch première)
Robert Heppener – movement no. 2 “Canto de’ diavoli” from Canti carnascialeschi
Arnold Schönberg - Friede auf Erden (together with Eric Ericson Chamber Choir)


The Choral Biennale has never presented anything like this: two separate concerts performed by four of the best professional chamber choirs in existence. They are all from the far North - Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - to sing a marathon programme in Haarlem’s magnificent St. Bavo Church. Scandinavia and Finland have produced fantastic composers, singers and choirs for generations. But now you can hear it in a unique, one-day festival offering more than 50 works by around 30 composers – from Bach to Pärt and from Victoria to Schönberg. Please don’t expect traditional concerts: the choirs will make use of the huge St Bavo space in imaginative ways and they’ll also join forces to sing at least one piece together. Two prize winners of previous Haarlem International Improvisation Organ Competition are invited back for short improvisations in each programme.
Sweden and Norway
The Swedish Eric Ericson Chamber Choir – who performed in the very first Choral Biennale in 2001 –kicks off in the afternoon. This choir is named after the late Eric Ericsson, a legendary figure in world choral music and the most famous choral conductor of all time. The Swedes treat us to some of their best-known a cappelaa hits, showing off their amazing ensemble skills and intricate but transparent sound. Then comes the most renowned chamber choir in Norway: Det Norske Solistkor, led by conductor Grete Pedersen. They perform a range of compositions from their home country, but like the Swedes, also include one work by a Dutch composer.
Geerten Liefting, winner of the 51stInternational Organ Improvisation Competition Haarlem (2016), performs during this concert.
Vocal Point Round Table: 2:15pm to 2:45pm in the church. Free admission on presentation of your ticket
The afternoon concert and the evening concert can be ordered as a combination or separately.
This concert is sponsored by Nordic Kultur Point:


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