Introduction

In this evening’s concert hosted by Pekka Kuusisto, art music does not turn its gaze away but instead holds onto our hand firmly while compassionately exploring our home planet, its beauty and its wounds.

Strangely beautiful birds of paradise flew into Andrea Tarrodi’s composition that was inspired by the TV series Planet Earth, while the melodic worlds of Hildur Guðnadóttir have made millions of television viewers feel the apocalyptic moods of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on their skin.

For Igor Stravinsky, the Psalms of the Bible were poems of ecstasy and rapture, but he also found hatred and judgment, even curses, in their verses. “I wanted to counter the numerous composers who had mistreated these authoritative verses by using them as the wooden legs of their own poetic-sentimental ‘feelings’.”

The works of composer Antti Auvinen are firmly connected to time. He believes that a contemporary composer can express in his music his views of the world around him. His new composition, commissioned for the Helsinki Variations series, receives its world premiere.

Artists

Pekka Kuusisto
violin, conductor
Musiikkitalon Kuoro
Eleriin Müüripeal & George Parris
choirmaster

Programme

    19:00
    Tadeusz Wielecki
    Przedzie sie nic II
    Andrea Tarrodi
    Paradisfåglar (Finnish premiere)
    Antti Auvinen
    Helsinki Variations (world premiere)
    Hildur Guðnadóttir
    Vishnaja Pamyat (Finnish premiere)
    Isobel Waller-Bridge
    Temperatures (Finnish premiere)
    Vytautas Barkauskas
    Partita for Violin Solo
    21:00
    Igor Stravinsky
    Symphony of Psalms
Series III
Musiikkitalo Concert Hall
Pekka Kuusisto
Musiikkitalon Kuoro
Eleriin Müüripeal & George Parris
Tadeusz Wielecki
Przedzie sie nic II
Andrea Tarrodi
Paradisfåglar (Finnish premiere)
Antti Auvinen
Helsinki Variations (world premiere)
Hildur Guðnadóttir
Vishnaja Pamyat (Finnish premiere)
Isobel Waller-Bridge
Temperatures (Finnish premiere)
Vytautas Barkauskas
Partita for Violin Solo
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms