Introduction

The works of composer Galina Ustvolskaya were widely featured in concert repertoires and recordings in the first half of the 1990s. Alex Ross, music critic for the New York Times, covered the phenomenon in 1995 with the headline “A Grand Russian Original Steps Out Of The Mist”. The works of the “Lady with the Hammer” have been described as “black holes in music”, “musical laser beams” and “cosmic metal”, and her melodic language is characterised by extreme uncompromisingness and extreme powers. "She is the link between Shostakovich and Sofia Gubaidulina with all romanticism removed.”  

Composer Sofia Gubaidulina, violinist Gidon Kremer and violin concerto Offertorium have travelled a long road together from behind the Iron Curtain to the world's concert stages. “I have been privileged to know Sofia for more than 35 years. Each performance of her music has enriched my life as an artist and as a human being,” says Kremer. (The Strad) 

Artists

Eva Ollikainen
conductor
Gidon Kremer
violin

Programme

    19:00
    Galina Utvolskaja
    Symphonic Poem No. 2
    Sofia Gubaidulina
    Offertorium
    21:00
    Jean Sibelius
    Symphony No. 1
Musiikkitalo Concert Hall
Eva Ollikainen
Gidon Kremer
Galina Utvolskaja
Symphonic Poem No. 2
Sofia Gubaidulina
Offertorium
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 1