Monthly Archive: May 2010

PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Taivaanalot (The Lights of Heaven) – Merja Wirkhala, soprano / Anssi Hirvonen, tenor /Central Ostrobothnian Chamber Choir / Kaustinen Children’s Choir/ Folk Orch./ Ostrobothnian Ch. Orch./ Juha Kangas – Alba

Once the percussionists, both ancient and modern, let loose, they create a racket that reminds me of Varèse at his most decibel-laden. The music is a strange amalgam of the traditional and the avant-garde, the tonal and the highly dissonant.