They say that the beauty – and vulnerability – of the earth can only be understood when viewed from space. An understanding of humanity is no doubt equally difficult to achieve.
The themes of humankind and nature lie at the heart of the 20th-anniversary concert of the EMO Ensemble, a youth chamber choir founded at the Espoo Music Institute in 2000. Humanity is addressed via Katedralen (The Cathedral), a setting by Einojuhani Rautavaara of poems by Edith Södergran unfolding in an immense stellar landscape and soaring to eternity, and Francis Poulenc’s suite Figure humaine, drawing on poems by Paul Éluard and portraying even our deepest fears. Poulenc wrote this massive work for unaccompanied voices during the Second World War. Wandering in nature are works by Jēkabs Jančevskis, composers from that great choral superpower, Latvia, and pieces spiced with Cuban-African and Filipino rhythms by Yaniel Fdez Aguila and Nilo B. Alcala. The conductor is Pasi Hyökki.
Duration 1 h 15 min, no intermission
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