Introduction

Conducted by Susanna Mälkki, the wide array of string instruments, the broad scope of wind instruments and the lavish range of percussion instruments spread across the stage of the large concert hall at the Helsinki Music Centre to conjure up Kaija Saariaho’s open views and new tonal colours. Premiered by the HPO in May 2021, Vista offers “ear-pleasing instrumentation and a surprising sense of threat.” (Rondo) 

Anton Bruckner dedicated the Adagio of his Seventh Symphony to the “memory of the immortal and dearly beloved Master”, Richard Wagner. Music critic Eduard Hanslick, a contemporary of Bruckner, referred to the piece as a “symphonic boa constrictor”. Nevertheless, it was his Seventh that gave Bruckner his ultimate breakthrough as a symphonist – at the age of 62! 

 

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Kaija Saariaho: Vista

“Kaija Saariaho is one of the monumental composers of our time. There are so many wonderful things that can be said about her music, especially her great pieces for larger forces – many of which are personal favourites. In addition I feel that the powerful presence of her music over the years has been particularly important as a role model for younger generations, not least for younger women in music that find inspiration and encouragement in such a compelling composer. This multifaceted influence will, without doubt, carry on shaping the music of the future.”

Thus wrote Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir in a poll conducted by the BBC Music Magazine asking 174 leading composers from all over the world to name the greatest composer of all times. Top of the list was J.S. Bach, but of living composers, the highest honour went to Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952).

Vista (2019) was composed as a joint commission from the HPO, the Berlin, Oslo and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. The title occurred to Saariaho as she drove from Los Angeles towards San Diego and kept seeing road signs saying “Vista” at lookout points. Her head was immediately filled with ideas for a new work, opening up new landscapes, new vistas.

Artists

Susanna Mälkki
conductor

Programme

    19:00
    Kaija Saariaho
    Vista
    Intermission
    21:00
    Anton Bruckner
    Symphony no 7
Musiikkitalo Concert Hall
Susanna Mälkki
Kaija Saariaho
Vista
Intermission
Anton Bruckner
Symphony no 7