In this world premiere the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir combines forces with the Swedish Nobel literature laureate Tomas Tranströmer and the composer Sven-David Sandström.
The Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir from Denmark is at the forefront of carrying on and further developing the unique Nordic a cappella tradition, and Sven-David Sandström has distinguished himself as a composer of major choral works.
The new monumental mass focuses on the rugged Nordic countryside and the prevailing human quest for identity and meaning. It follows the traditional structure of the mass to texts reflecting the life experiences of modern humankind.
Tomas Tranströmer was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2011 ‘because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality’. Through a selection of his poetry Nordic Mass describes an existence in which truths may no longer be taken for granted, and in which people must often foray into the borderlands of loneliness in order to find their roots.
After the work is premiered in Bergen it will be performed on an extensive Nordic tour.
SVEN-DAVID SANDSTRÖM (1942–): Nordic Mass (World premiere)
Commissioned by the Bergen International Festival
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Mogens Dahl conductor
Toke Møldrup cello
Dialogue on Friday 23 May at 16:00 in the Grieghallen foyer
The concert is funded by Nordic Culture Fund