Friday 7.8.2020 • 7 p.m.
Nastola church, Kukkastie 18, Nastola
Harri Lidsle & Co….
From the street
of the church
Renaissance and Baroque music concert
Tuesday 4.8.2020 • 7 p.m.
Mukkula church, Kilpiäistentie 1, Lahti
Not only did the Renaissance bring forth new thinking, innovation and inventiveness, it also enabled people to be more mobile and travelable, and to flourish a new kind of art life. The lively commerce of the time and the riches of the New World enabled churches, courts, and wealthy merchants to support a new, powerful art scene. The artists traveled regularly and extensively and worked in various courts and parishes throughout Europe. The influences changed and the different styles of music in the different regions nourished and enriched each other. Italian and German hit melodies also became popular in Poland, England, Spain and France. In their new home countries, they got new words, either translated from the original or completely new texts. These translated songs were called contrafacta; they were parodies of the original, imitations.
Favorite melodies of the time also became material for composers. Variations were made of them, or, for example, fair melody theme melodies. The Church Reformation went a step further as the favorite melodies began to form a new foundation for the parish hymn. The familiar melodies in their beautiful simplicity spoke to people with their new, ecclesiastical texts.
Martin Luther, himself an experienced musician and composer, knew the power of music to unite the church and strengthen his faith. He put together a new collection of songs for the congregation, where the lyrics were in the people’s own language and the melodies were easy to learn or already familiar with elsewhere. A Lutheran hymn book was born. Luther himself and many of his close friends also composed songs for the hymn book. In particular, they compose new religious lyrics to the hit melodies of the time.
This concert is built around such contrafacta songs. Here are some of the most popular songs of their time, spread throughout Europe. With the exception of the first song of the concert, Wohlauf gut G’sell von Hinnen, all the songs of the concert have been preserved in the current edition. Our concert follows their journey and transformation from Renaissance secular songs to the use and culmination of the Reformed Church during the Baroque J.S. Bach’s melody material. The songs have survived the test of over 600 years and continue to bring joy from the street to the church.
Welcome to the concert!
is an ensemble of five singers specializing in old vocal music. Members of the band are music professionals combined with a love of old music and a strong motif appeal to give listeners memorable concert experiences. The New York-born musician and band director DebraGomez-Tapio serves as the artistic director of the band. The enchantment is how they build their concerts. They include e.g. the wonders of watched history, wandered as pilgrims across Europe, silenced by the monasteries’ musical treasures, and followed by the Renaissance Madras transformation into a Lutheran church hymn. The band sings sopranos Debra Gomez-Tapio, Kaisa Kelloniemi and Anu Mattila, counter violin Elina Aho-Kuusama and baritone Lauri Solin.
is a New York-born musician, educator and choir and band director living in Finland. His specialty is Medieval, Renaissance music. During his years in Central Europe he performed with a number of Central European early music bands (Ricercare, Ferrara Ensemble, Sequentia, etc.). Records for prestigious record labels (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, for example) and eighty. Nowadays the artist lives in Valkeakoski, holds master classes and conducts Lumous, Fioretto and Cantus Alaudae early music ensembles. Gomez-Tapio has also worked for eg. Radio with Chamber Choir and Madrigaali Choir of Kauniainen. He is the director of the traditional Ritvala rounds of the Handel choir in Tampere.
is a professional ensemble of medieval, renaissance and early baroque music, founded in 1997. At its core is the Debra Gomez-Tapio music group, harps and vocals, Janek Öller, Recorders and Bagpipes, Ilpo Laspas, organ and cembalo, and Mikael Heikarä. Depending on the software requirements, other musicians may be present. Fioretto has been collaborating with Vocal Ensemble Lumous since 2009.
flute & Organ
Wednesday 5.8.2020 • 7 p.m.
The Church of the Cross Kirkkokatu 4, Lahti
George Frideric Haendel (1685 – 1759)
«Arrival of the Queen of Sheba» *
(Sinfonia from Solomon)
arr. Eugeniusz Wawrzyniak
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Sonata in C major BWV 1033 for flute and organ
Andante – Allegro – Adagio – Menuett 1 & 2
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)
Sonata in G major Wq 133 for flute and organ
Allegretto – Rondo
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 539 *
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sonata in A minor Wq 132 for flute solo **
Poco Adagio – Allegro – Allegro
Franz Lachner (1803 – 1890)
Elegie for flute and organ
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Sonata op. 65 No2 in C minor *
Grave – Adagio – Allegro maestoso e vivace –
Fuga (Allegro moderato)
Poco Adagio from Sonata in F minor op. 4
Albert Renaud (1855 – 1924)
Toccata en ré mineur op. 108 n°1 *
Johann Sebastian Bach
from Suite n° 2 in B minor BWV 1067
Polonaise – Menuet – Badinerie
* organ solo
** flute solo
Come and experience how the flute and organ play together!
Marc Grauwels is undoubtedly one of most famous Belgian flautists today. His eclecticism as an international soloist has inspired some hundred composers from all over the world to write especially for him. To name only one of them : Astor Piazzolla dedicated to him his “History of the Tango” in 1985. Even before having finished his musical studies in his country he made his orchestral debute, aged only nineteen, with the Flemish Opera. In 1976 he joined the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels as piccolo solo (the Belgian National Opera House which he left in 1978 to become first flute soloist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Belgian radio and television. He stayed for ten years whilst being chosen for the same position in 1986 at the foundation of the famous “World Orchestra” directed by Carlo-Maria Giulini. His career as a soloist was to soar in an impressive way from then on which would entail his definitive departure from the orchestra in 1987. In the same period he taught for fifteen years at th Royal Conservatory of Brussels and today he holds a chair as titular professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons. Since 2007 Marc Grauwels plays exlusivly Gold Miyazawa Flutes made specially for him and is Official Endorser for Miyazawa. In February 2001 following an Asian tour the world management of Naxos in Hong Kong decided to confide to him a whole collection in their catalogue entitled “The Flute Collection”.(Fifteen Naxos CDs are already available on the world market.) It was after all Marc Grauwels who participated in the recording of the sound track of the film Amadeus by Milos Forman, accompanied by Thomas Bloch and the Brussels Virtuosi Ensemble in the superb adagio for Glassharmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello KV 617. He furthermore interpreted the youth sonatas, the quartets and the concerto for flute and harp of the integral works of Mozart offered in a single box containing 170 CDs. The case, the Golden Disk, is currently an unmatched commercial success with Brillant Classics (over 100.000 copies having been sold already).
Eugeniusz Wawrzyniak is a Polish organist, living in Belgium for the past 30 years. After graduating from the Musical Academy of Poznań, Poland, studying under Professor Romuald Sroczyński, he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Professor Jean Ferrard. Eugeniusz has performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the United States (New Haven – Connecticut; Los Angeles – California, New York – St. Patrick’s Cathedral) and many times in Poland at the most important national organ festivals. He has recorded music for the Belgian radio station Radio 3 and Polish Radio, and also co-operates with the Philharmonic Society in Poznań, Poland. As part of his artistic activity, Eugeniusz Wawrzyniak does not limit himself to organ recitals, but is constantly looking for new challenges, combining his interpretations of organ music with other instrumentalists. An example is the present record, on which he is accompanied by the great artists Marc Grauwels and Yossif Ivanov. Other musicians with whom he has performed include artists and groups as: Lorenzo Gatto (violin), Roman Gryń (trumpet), The Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic Society – “The Poznan Nightingales” conducted by Maciej Wieloch, String Quartet Sirius (Prague), and Thierry Cammaert (oboe). As the president of the Musical Association Concerto in Charleroi, Belgium, he organises organ, choral and chamber music concerts which form the annual Marchienne Musical Festival. A constant theme of the association’s involvement in the cultural life of Wallonia includes bringing the local Polish community and culture closer to the Belgian community, enriching both in the process. Since 1990, Eugeniusz WAWRZYNIAK has been the organist at Notre Dame de Miséricorde church in Marchienne-au-Pont, Belgium. He also teaches piano and organ at the nearby Atélier Musical de Manage. Eugeniusz Wawrzyniak’s achievements include two solo organ albums: Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonatas recorded in 2015 at the basilica and arch-cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Poznan, and the album “Soli Deo Gloria” with works of J. S. Bach, A. Guilmant, R. Freteur, F. Borowski and Ch. Pardini, recorded in 2017 in church of Saint Casimir the Prince in Wroclaw, Poland. He is also the founder of the Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble “Credo”, with whom he recorded two CDs: “Avec vous, je suis avec vous” (2012) and “Pour aimer de plus grand amour” in 2014. In the years 2011-2013 Eugeniusz Wawrzyniak was nominated three times for the title “Pole of the Year in Belgium” in the field of culture – a competition organized by the Council of the Polish Community in Belgium in cooperation with the Consular Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels. In October 2015, Eugeniusz was awarded the “Medaille de Saint Eleuthère” by Monseigneur Guy Harpigny, bishop of the Diocese of Tournai, Belgium, in recognition of his 25 years of service to the parish and community at Notre Dame de Miséricorde.