The fifth chamber concert of the Oulu Music Festival will be heard at the Oulu Cathedral, where the Tuira Chamber Choir, together with the tenor Aki Alamikkotervo, harpist Minea Varho and organist Ismo Hintsala, will perform a concert celebrating choral and organ music. In the concert, we will hear three undeniable landmarks of European choral organ music from the 1900s: "Laudes organi" and "Missa brevis" by Z. Kodaly, and "Otčenáš" by L. Janacek.
“Laudes organi”, or Praise of Organ, was the last major composition by the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodaly. It was written for the 1966 National Convention of the American Quild of Organists. The text of the composition is based on the 12th century Sequentia “Audi chorum organicum”.
“Missa brevis” is told to be written in the basement of the Budapest Opera, where Kodaly had escaped in 1945, when the red army had invaded Budapest. Even though the official premier took place in 1948 in England during the choral festival, “Missa brevis” was first performed in the lobby of the opera.
The first version of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček´s “Otčenáš”, or “Our Father”, is no longer publicly available. The second version of “Otčenáš” had the first performance in 1906.
Tuira Chamber Choir
Risto Laitinen | choir conductor
Aki Alamikkotervo | tenor
Minea Varho | harp
Ismo Hintsala | organ
Z. Kodaly: Laudes organi
L. Janacek: Otcenas
Z. Kodaly: Missa brevis
Duration: approximately 2 hours (incl. intermission)
Ticket prices: Prices: 25 € normal / 17 € pensioner / 10 € student, unemployed, children (3–17 v)
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