Viadana recension

This article was published on 26 / 4 2011 in the newspaper tidningen Åland.

foto: Eivor Lindström

During the Easter, music is a part of our celebration. You can calmdown, look inward, away from noise, while the spring flowers bloom before your eyes. Holy Week tones let us take note of sadness, of lime and anxiety but also of passionate love and joy of life.

 In St. Görans Church in Mariehamn, we were on Good Friday to listen to chamber choir Viadan from  Donaújvároz, with conductor Gergely Kurucz. The choir visited Åland for the fourth time as a fried to November choir from Mariehamn.

At first we were listening to Adoramus te, Christe - Christus - we adore you - by the Italian composer Francesco Gasparini (1668-1727). A composition which breathed peace and quiet, with the beauty of harmony and melody. The choir performed the composition in the spirit of the work requires that the listener could enjoy. Artur Harma (1885-1962), Hungarian contemporary composer who is not particularly well known outside the country but belong to the Hungarian music, was on the Viadana programs. Plange, which incorporated a black sense of sadness sung by the choir with homogeneous vocal timbre and gentle tonal balance.

O vos omnes, again, contains elements of both drama and depth, the more ackordisk and composed creation. Despite its religious message, the music has a width that goes against the secular and therefore easy to absorb. I was impressed by the deep and dynamic fast chords Kurucz lifted out of the choir.

Franz Liszt's Via Crucis, Way of the Cross - is a musical / drama Semitic works.The work was innovative in church music with their advanced musical effects.Despite this, the listener can identify with Gregorian hymns and psalms as O, head bloody hurt, Psalm 60 in our hymnal.

Via Crucis talks about Via Dolorosa - the way of sorrows - and the struggle that Jesus had before he was finally crucified. We comply with the fourteen different scenes of the main events up to the crucifixion and burial. Musically, the piece is built with organ, or piano, choir and solists. Organ lead the work forward, the choir gives voice to the people around Jesus. A moving and profound works, reminiscent of today's torture chambers and war zones. The choir and organ tones last carries us out into an empty nothingness.

Viadana are well-rehersed, sings in tune, with balanced interpretation wich take us in to the mystecism. The organ could have been a little more distinct, especially the sparse tones wich lead to the scene shifts. But on the whole  the Via Crucis were porformed with  professionalism and great musicality.

Eivor LIndström