Baltic Souls - Carte Blanche for Endrik Üksvärav
Endrik Üksvärav (1980) is born and raised in Estonia. Daniel Reuss chose him to fill this season's 'carte blanche' because of his extraordinary skills as a considerate choral leader with an enormous knowledge of singing traditions and esthetics of Baltic music. Endrik put together a concert with Estonian music by three generations of composers.
The title of the concert derives from the book by Jan Brokken with the same title. In his book he portrays an alarming image of the history of the Baltic countries in which every living citizen has lost one person or another. ‘Everything that has happened in the 20th century in Europe, you can find back in the Baltic countries in a more elevated form. […] But despite all the violence [...], one regime more terrifying than the other, they kept their own culture, their own language and their own identity. […] Without music the Baltic languages would not have made it. Singing was this important because it could be done in their own language. That culminated into the Singing Revolution of 1989. I was contemplating in my book if music can change the world. In this case, it did.’ as stated by Jan Brokken in an interview for Handelsbeurs Magazine, 2017.
Veljo Tormis (1930-2017)
Raua needmine 1972
Kuulmata kuskil kumiseb kodu 1998
Arvo Pärt (1935)
Kleine Litanei 2015 Dutch première
Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959)
Missa brevis 2013 Dutch première
Kui vaikivad päevased tuuled 2001
Galina Grigorjeva (1962) In Paradisum 2012
Tõnu Kõrvits (1969) Stabat Mater 2014 Dutch première
Pärt Uusberg (1986) Miserere 2008
Endrik Üksvärav conductor