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Beethoven did everything bigger and more spectacularly than his predecessors – even at the risk of disapproval by critics. His violin concerto was ahead of its time and initially raised eyebrows, but over the years this scepticism was replaced by admiration and the respect of all violinists who tackled the piece. Frank Peter Zimmermann returns to the source of all Romantic virtuoso concertos while continuing his close collaboration with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.


Ludwig van Beethoven: The Consecration of the House, overture / Olli Mustonen: Sonata for Violin and Orchestra / Joonas Kokkonen: … Durch einen Spiegel ... / Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Fri 22/09/2017 - 19:00

Having survived the horrors of the Third Reich, Richard Strauss experienced an artistic reawakening in his 80s. An American corporal who happened to be principal oboist of the Pittsburgh Orchestra in civilian life visited the great composer at his Bavarian home in the spring of 1945 and enquired if he had ever considered writing an oboe concerto. The idea grew on Strauss, resulting in one of the great achievements for the instrument and a real challenge for even the most skilled virtuosos.

Thu 12/10/2017 - 19:00

Young Finnish composer Sebastian Hilli won the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award with his first orchestral composition. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has the honour of premiering his latest work, Affekt, which will be conducted by our Chief Conductor Emeritus Leif Segerstam. Affekt was composed to mark the 100th anniversary of Helsingfors sång- och musikförbund and will be performed by a choir of over a hundred singers together with the orchestra.

Fri 20/10/2017 - 19:00

“A symphony is no joke,” Johannes Brahms stated. He may be right, but at least his second symphony is the most good-humoured and in many regards most playful music that he ever composed. French conductor Bertrand de Billy makes his long-awaited debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, while clarinet virtuoso Jörg Widmann performs his own Elegie, soaring longer than should be humanly possible…


Thu 09/11/2017 - 19:00


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