Introduction

Ingeborg von Bronsart’s opera Jery und Bätely was a big hit in Germany in the late 19th century. Its overture provides an impressive and spirited start to the orchestra’s Finnish Music Day concert. 

Kimmo Hakola's new composition Wake! is part of the Helsinki Variations series and refers to Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia, an early version was called Finland Awakes. “My composition is a proclamation for our time that awakens humanity to live more responsibly and bury the selfishness that destroys lives – right now!" 

“If film director Stanley Kubrick were alive and only started making his film 2001: A Space Odyssey now, he could replace György Ligeti's music with the first movement of the cello concerto (2017) composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen” (Helsingin Sanomat). Lauri Kankkunen, director of the HPO's cello section, performs as soloist. 

Artists

Susanna Mälkki
conductor
Lauri Kankkunen
cello

Programme

    19:00
    Ingeborg von Bronsart
    Jery und Bätely, ouverture
    Kimmo Hakola
    Wake! Op. 102 - Helsinki Variations (world premiere)
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Cello concerto
    20:15
    Jean Sibelius
    Finlandia
Musiikkitalo Concert Hall
Susanna Mälkki
Lauri Kankkunen
Ingeborg von Bronsart
Jery und Bätely, ouverture
Kimmo Hakola
Wake! Op. 102 - Helsinki Variations (world premiere)
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Cello concerto
Jean Sibelius
Finlandia