About Nordic Reflections
The Carice Singers
George Parris conductor
Elgar There is Sweet Music 5'
Sibelius Min rasras raataa (What the thrush toils); Saarella palaa (A fire on the island);
Rakastava (The lover) 10'
Elgar Evening Scene; The Fountain 7'
Sibelius Venematka (The boat journey);
Sydämeni laulu (Song of my heart) 4'
Elgar Owls (An Epitaph); O Wild West Wind! 7'
Electra Perivolaris If this island... (premiere) 10'
Matthew Whittall Songs of Travel 33'
The concert travels between the British Isles and Finnish forests with choral songs by Elgar and Sibelius, two world-famous contemporaries who, despite coming from opposite ends of Europe, share many similarities in their music. The second half features the premiere of Scottish composer Electra Perivolaris’ If this island.., a piece influenced by the Hebridean Waulking Song tradition, followed by Finnish Matthew Whittall’s evocative choral song-cycle which sets familiar poems by Robert Louis Stevenson.