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The programme for this Friday’s chamber music concert presents music by Johannes Brahms, Luciano Berio, Robert Schumann and Aulis Sallinen, who is also celebrating his 85th birthday at the beginning of April.

Fri 03/04/2020 - 19:00

Falling in love can cause sleeplessness and weight loss – or the Symphonie fantastique. Tormented by the waves of passion, the Artist comes to life as Lélio in a piece that Berlioz composed as a sequel to his Symphonie fantastique. This is the first time that the two pieces, which the composer intended as a pair, will be performed together in Finland.

Thu 27/02/2020 - 19:00

The Beethoven concerts recorded by conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic attracted a record 1.4 million downloads in the space of just one week back in 2005. Noseda has a reputation as a conductor whose radical interpretations force listeners to reassess familiar classics both spiritually and emotionally. The programme for his concert in Helsinki is certainly enticing, as he will be making his Bruckner debut. The concert begins with Luigi Dallapiccola’s breakthrough Partita, the setting for which is a medieval Latin lullaby.

Tchaikovsky travelled with his brother Modest to Rome in 1880 and was inspired by the city’s soundscape: the carnivals, the animated locals, even the fanfare of the cavalry that could be heard through his hotel window in the morning. It is very possible that the composer admired the same fountains that inspired Ottorino Respighi to compose his tone poem a few decades later.

The cornerstone of Gemma New's debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, a bright song of praise to a free and happy person.

What connects the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and local music students? Junior Concert, of course! This year there is even more cause for celebration, as it marks the 10th time this fun concert takes place.

”For me, composition consists of the enchantment of the audience through sound,” says Peter Eötvös, who will be conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time. One of the most noteworthy composers of our day, Eötvös went to study under Zoltán Kodály at the age of 14 and continues in his footsteps as a composer, conductor and teacher. Commissioned by the four biggest orchestras in Italy, Alle vittime senza nome reflects the refugee crisis – the anonymous passengers crowded onto boats and at the mercy of the waves.

Born 250 years ago this year, Napoleon is remembered with imperial pieces and a musical reaction to tyranny. Schönberg’s Ode to Napoleon was his statement of support for the forces fighting Hitler. The composer insisted that the singer must have ”the number of shades, essential to express one hundred and seventy kinds of derision, sarcasm, hatred, ridicule, contempt, condemnation, etc., which I tried to portray in my music.” Elisabeth Leonskaja is a piano legend whose devoted fans follow her achievements from one concert and country to another.

No grand gestures or competitive glory, just quiet power, dignity and clean piano playing. Nelson Freire made his debut in 1944 at the age of just four and is one of the greatest pianists of his generation. The premiere of a new piece by Lotta Wennäkoski will also have audience members listening intently. The work is the first in a series of Helsinki Variations commissioned for the Finland 100 centenary year, in which six composers were invited to choose a Finnish composition from before 1945 as a source of inspiration.

The newest piece by Czech composer Ondřej Adámek is a timely tale of the rise – and fall – of mass movement. The motto of a lonely violin attracts almost unnoticedly a roar whose power is soon revealed to be a double-edged sword. 

“Thus Fate knocks at the door” is how Beethoven described the theme of his Symphony No. 5, without which the history of music would sound quite different. Akiko Suwanai in turn performs a violin concerto that earned her fame in 1990 as the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Your ears will be in for a surprise as the Musica nova Helsinki festival once again presents the latest in contemporary music alongside established classics. Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, composed his piano concerto for the evening’s two sibling soloists. Also being performed in Finland for the first time will be Metacosmos, which was commissioned for the New York Philharmonic, and the rhythmic De Snelheid. The opening concert of the festival culminates with Delta, a composition by Jay Schwartz that explores the dimensions of sounds.

Gossip, madness, jazz and rhumba add up to an explosive recipe that requires the talents of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to get the Latin American spices right. Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto was composed for Benny Goodman, the king of swing, and is interpreted here by Martin Fröst. The evening’s concert culminates with a symphonic suite from the Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.

The ode to universal friendship ends our autumn season in traditional fashion. The excitement of one of the most popular concerts of the year is ensured by top Finnish soloists together with the Helsinki Music Centre Choir. Eva Ollikainen will be conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time.

Thu 20/12/2018 - 19:00

The Unanswered Question of Charles Ives and the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar operate in the realm of great secrets. The violin concerto of composer-DJ Mason Bates combines club sounds with symphonic music. It shares one thing in common with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasy: both were composed especially for Anne Akiko Meyers.

Fri 14/12/2018 - 19:00

Aaron Copland originally composed his rustic ode to the simple life of American settlers for choreographer Martha Graham in the form of ballet music. With his reputation for deep interpretations, Paavali Jumppanen takes the audience on a voyage of discovery to an early piano concerto by Brahms. The concert opens with a new composition by Sean Shepherd, in which abstract paintings are given musical form.

Fri 30/11/2018 - 19:00

Igor Stravinsky had already established a reputation as a young composer to watch with his gently controversial pieces, but The Rite of Spring was a step too far for Parisian audiences. The debut performance in 1913 met with much shouting and indignation. Even though the scandal surrounding the composition has subdued over the years, it remains as powerful as ever.

Thu 11/10/2018 - 19:00

Concert Piece for Four Horns and Elgar’s Symphony No. 2 for the first time, this is a concert of true rarities.

Fri 05/10/2018 - 19:00

Duke Ellington’s swing is brought to life as the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra join forces once again. The programme includes the classic album Symphonic Ellington and its iconic musical description of Harlem. Antti Rissanen conducts the orchestras as they take on familiar and fresher arrangements of the music of the jazz giant.

Tue 18/09/2018 - 19:00

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