“Let Nature Have You For a While!” - Scandinavian Landscapes in Song
Oct 15, 2013 06:00 PM
End: Oct 15, 2013 08:00 PM
Location: Wilkins Haldane Room, UCL Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Come and discover Scandinavian Nature in song – it may be that not (quite) everything Nordic is Noir!
It is no coincidence that four of the national anthems from the Scandinavian region all first and foremost hymn an allegiance to the physical country, praising its mountains, forest and lakes, its natural plenitude and geographical uniqueness rather than kings, conquests and illustrious pasts: these lands contain infinitely more of the former than the latter.
As national (self-)definition was debated, discussed and defined to the back-drop of late industrialisation, marginalised political power and a significant influence from Romanticism throughout the 19th and into the 20th centuries, Nature developed into a rich commodity of national pride and prominence in all Scandinavian countries.
Much of its art, literature and music took, and to a certain extent still take, part in weaving narratives around the natural landscape that contribute to this significance and help shape its role and place in a (national) collective consciousness.
This recital aims to exemplify how various aspects of the vast, varied and often wild landscape of Scandinavia has been explored, revered, interpreted, utilised and set to music by both more familiar composers like Grieg and Delius, as well as many lesser known.
This concert builds on material previously performed at CMC’s anniversary concert for Frederick Delius in 2012 and explores new material.
Annika Lindskog is joined by her pianist, Steve Copeland (previously chorus master and repetiteur for Reading University Opera, musical director for Wokingham Theatre, assistant conductor for the Jakarta International Choir and musical director for the Jakarta Welsh Choir).