Susanna Mälkki, Gerhild Romberger, Burkhard Fritz & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra treat the Helsinki Festival to an evening of long-lost and rediscovered classics.
Igor Stravinsky’s early orchestral piece “Funeral Song” was completed in 1908 just before the magnificent ballet The Firebird. It premiered in 1909, but the score was lost in the turmoil of the Russian revolution. The masterpiece was found nearly one hundred years later in 2015 among piles of manuscripts in a backroom of the St. Petersburg Conservatory – and was given new life. Stravinsky personally considered the 12-minute composition one of his best.
Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera The Nose premiered in Leningrad in 1930. The outrageous, absurd satire about Russian bureaucracy did not sit well with the powers that be. Under heavy pressure, Shostakovich decided to leave out the wild interludes that were played between acts.
The concert ends with Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a beloved symphonic piece for alto and tenor voices and orchestra. The singers are two German virtuosos in their vocal ranges, Gerhild Romberger and Burkhard Fritz.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Gerhild Romberger, alto
Burkhard Fritz, tenor