December 28 (Friday), 20:30–22:00

Address: 27/13 Malaya Gruzinskaya Street

Series: Christmas Festival

Supported by the Embassy of Estonia in Russia

Featured Artist:

Vox Clamantis vocal ensemble (Estonia)

Programme: Gregorian chant, A. Pärt, Guillaume de Machaut, H. Tulve, I. Stravinsky, D. Lang

Ticket prices 1000 (500) to 3000

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We are accustomed to imagine European Christmas as something fairytalish with a cake and Santa Claus. But first of all it is a mystical Church feast. Tonight’s concert will lift a little the veil of mystery and demonstrate the Western European Christmas mass in all its splendour. The musicians have chosen the best samples of sacred music from Gregorian chant to acoustic meditations of modern composers.

Vox Clamantis vocal ensemble (Estonia)

Conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve

Conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve

VOX CLAMANTIS is a vocal ensemble that revolves around its leader Jaan-Eik Tulve. During the 22 years of its existence singers have come and left again, but one man and his vision of music has always been consistently in the centre. It all started with Gregorian chant, which Tulve studied in Paris in the 1990s. Back in Estonia he formed Vox Clamantis in 1996 to continue singing these old plainsongs that are the foundation of Western art music. The ensemble’s various line-ups were always like gatherings of kindred spirits, devotees to the idea that the essence of Gregorian chant can reach beyond its stylistic boundaries and freely blend with the music of modern ages and other cultures. The ensemble has worked together with the electric guitars of Weekend Guitar Trio and with the oud of Yair Dalal, the singing of Dhafer Youssef from Tunesia, Marco Ambrosini playing the nyckelharpa or Arianna Savall and her pure voice. Vox Clamantis has often performed music from Estonian composers as well; the energetic compositions of Erkki-Sven Tüür, the electronic journeys of Sven Grünberg or Helena Tulve’s delicate sound-webs. This list is incomplete, and the ensemble is always open for new collaborations. The members of the ensemble are devoting their skills and energy to Vox Clamantis besides other occupations. Some of them are professional singers as well as instrumentalists, some are composers, conductors or work outside the field of music. Singing in Vox Clamantis has been a learning process full of discoveries for all involved. The sincere dedication to the music making of the early years has gradually evolved into a confident and eloquent voice of their own that is now internationally recognized. In 2012 ECM released the album “Filia Sion”, which got positive reviews. In the same year they also participated in the Grammy-winning album „Adam’s Lament“ with music by Arvo Pärt. In 2013 the album „Liszt. Via crucis“ for Mirare with French pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier won a Diapason d’Or award, and Vox Clamantis’ singing is heard in Paolo Sorrentino’s film „La Grande Bellezza“ („The Great Beauty“) that won an Academy Award (Oscar) in 2014. The group’s most recent CD, ‘Arvo Pärt: The Deer’s Cry’ (ECM), won a Diapason d’or, the Choc de Classica, the Album of the Year award in Estonia and a nomination for the BBC Music Magazine Award. Vox Clamantis’ connection to Arvo Pärt dates back to 1999 when the ensemble started to perform his organ piece “Annum per Annum” mixed with liturgical chant, and the composer was enthusiastic about their idea. Since then, the group’s contact with Pärt’s music has deepened. Today it is a relationship that is warm and friendly rather than just professional. Text by Immo Mihkelson JAAN-EIK TULVE was born in Tallinn, Estonia. After obtaining his diploma in choral conducting at the Tallinn Conservatory in 1991, he studied conducting Gregorian chant at Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSM), where he received his diploma in 1993. He then worked at the CNSM as assistant to Louis-Marie Vigne, who had a determining influence on his musical development. He has also given many courses in Gregorian chant in France, Swizzerland, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Scotland, the Faeroe Islands, Lithuania, Finland and Estonia. In 1996 he took up a post teaching Gregorian chant at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is often invited to conduct work sessions in monasteries. In his musical training – Gregorian, in particular – Jaan-Eik Tulve has learned a great deal from his work with Dom Daniel Saulnier of Solesmes Abbey. In 1992 Jaan-Eik Tulve became conductor of the Paris Gregorian Choir, with which he has appeared in many European countries and also in Lebanon. Many of the recordings made with the choir have received great critical acclaim (Diapason d’Or). In 1993 Jaan-Eik Tulve formed the Lac et Mel ensemble in Paris, for the performance of medieval polyphonic works. He also formed the female-voice section of the Paris Gregorian Choir in 1994. Finally, in 1996, he formed the Vox Clamantis ensemble in Tallinn. Jaan-Eik Tulve has been awarded the Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia, the Order of Léopold of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. Jaan- Eik Tulve was chosen as the Musician of the Year 2017 by the Estonian Public Broadcasting.

Dominus dixit ad me (Gregorian introitus)


Guillaume de Machaut

Kyrie (from “La Messe de Nostre Dame”)


A. Pärt

Kyrie (from “Missa syllabica”)

Gloria (from “Missa syllabica”)


Gregorian alleluia “Dominus dixit ad me”


H. Tulve

You & I


A. Pärt

Credo (from “Missa syllabica”)


Gregorian offertory “Lætentur”


A. Pärt

Sanctus (from “Missa syllabica”)


I. Stravinsky

Pater noster


Guillaume de Machaut

Agnus Dei (from “La Messe de Nostre Dame”)


A. Pärt

Agnus Dei (from “Missa syllabica”)


Gregorian communion “In splendoribus”


A. Pärt

Ite missa est (from “Missa syllabica”)


D. Lang

For love is strong

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.

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