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July 11, 2008

Let the music speak ....

Last night the Abbey rang to the music of the Estonian Philharmonia Choir. Unaccompanied, their voices filled the Abbey enthralling the capacity audience and bringing the stone walls to vivid life as the sound made them ring. This is what the building was designed for, the unaccompanied, un-amplified human voice. It is a sound that has to be heard to be understood.

The varied programme included works from the English canon of early music, modern pieces by Finnish composer Arvo Part and Estonian composers. They gave us an encore as well - a Russian Orthodox piece that I know well - and they outsang the recording I have.

And tonight we have the Philharmonia Orchestra for a gala concert with the Philharmonia Choir .....

Posted by The Gray Monk at July 11, 2008 07:59 AM

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Glad you liked it, however Arvo Pärt is an Estonian too, born in Paide. now living in Berlin.

Posted by: Christer at July 13, 2008 07:52 PM

I stand corrected, Arvo Pärt is indeed Estonian and not, as I had stated, Finnish. Thanks for the correction Christer - it was a superb performance all round.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at July 13, 2008 08:35 PM