22.5, 19.00 - "Pierre Boulez in memoriam" - Paavali Jumppanen - Ritarihuone
In the year 2000, Pierre Boulez heard his megalomaniac second piano sonata performed by Paavali Jumppanen, and enthusiastically invited the young Finnish pianist to record his complete piano sonatas. In this memorial concert of the French master, Jumppanen performs his sonatas which once aroused both admiration and hatred, and besides the playing he tells about his co-operation with Boulez.
Tickets: 20 / 10 EUR -----> Buy tickets online
Part of the ticket sales for this concert are donated to the Korvat Auki ('Ears Open') Society for Contemporary Music.
23.5, 19.00 - "Homage a Rachmaninov" - Roland Pöntinen - Balderin sali
The extraordinary Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen takes us on a journey into the universe of Sergei Rachmaninoff, performing Rachmaninoff's own piano works and transcriptions, as well as works by others that he was famous for performing and recording.
Tickets: 15 / 5 EUR
24.5, 19.00 - "The Multiple Worlds of Valentin Silvestrov" - Alexei Lubimov, piano, Yana Ivanilova, soprano, Stas Malyshev, violin - G-18
Presented by MCS Young Artists
18:45 - Concert presentation by pianist Kirill Kozlovsky
21.00 - Post-concert talk with the artists
The unique sound-world of Valentin Silvestrov is in the spotlight for pianist Alexei Lubimov's first recital in this festival, where he is joined by soprano Jana Ivanilova and violinist Stanislav Malyshev.
Pianist Kiril Kozlovsky gives us an introduction to the life and works of Silvestrov at 18.45 and hosts a post-concert talk with the artists after the concert.
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25.5, 19.00 - Alexei Lubimov & Tuija Hakkila perform works for four hands - Mozart, J.C. Bach, Stravinsky, Satie, René Clair - Balderin Sali
The legendary historical music specialist Alexei Lubimov joins forces with Finland's own grande dame of fortepiano, Tuija Hakkila, performing music by Mozart and Johann Christian Bach on fortepiano before intermission, and works by Stravinsky and Satie on the fittingly century-old Steinway grand piano of Balder's hall. The concert culminates in the film "Entr'acte", the result of Erik Satie's co-operation with film-maker René Clair, with the music arranged for four hands by Darius Milhaud.
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26.5, 14.00 - "Spring Birds – Finnish piano music" - Risto-Matti Marin - Hietsun Paviljonki
Springtime enters the concert hall in Risto-Matti Marin's solo piano recital! Juho Miettinen's second piano sonata is based on the voices of different species of birds from Northern Savonia. Matthew Whittall's "Wine-dark Sea V" evokes impressions of the waves of Mediterranean Sea and his "Song of the Universal" gives a voice to the entire universe. On the second half Einari Marvia's variations on an Ostrobothnian folk song, and his grand piano sonata wrap the audience into Finnish romantic glow.
Tickets - 10 / 5 eur
27.5, 15.00 - "Bach-mania!" - Tuija Hakkila, Irina Zahharenkova, Matias Häkkinen, Hannu Alasaarela, Emil Holmström, Mirka Viitala - G-18
How do pianists of today approach the works of Johann Sebastian Bach? Come to hear an extended marathon featuring some of the finest pianists in Finland, sharing stage and alternating between the modern piano and the Silbermann fortepiano, an instrument Bach himself got acquainted with towards the end of his life. Among the performers we have the winner of the 2006 International Bach Competition Irina Zahharenkova, Väinö Jalkanen, Mirka Viitala, and numerous others. The historical performance practice expert Tuija Hakkila guides us through the concert, which features suites, partitas, preludes and fugues, transcriptions, and more.
Tickets: 15/5 EUR
31.5, 19:00 - "Songs of travel" - Aura Go, piano, Erica Back, mezzo-soprano - Hietsun paviljonki
In a program curated and performed by Australian-born pianist Aura Go, words and music enrich each other in fascinating and thought-provoking ways. Australian composer, writer and broadcaster Andrew Ford’s new work In Transit, co-commissioned by Aura Go, receives its first Finnish performance. Having become increasingly interested in the ways in which the spoken word can enrich music and vice versa, Aura Go has compiled her own arrangement of selections from Oscar Wilde’s powerful and harrowing letter De Profundis and music of Sibelius, Sitsky, Crumb and Rzewski. Aura is then joined by her regular duo partner, brilliant mezzo-soprano Erica Back, in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ timeless cycle the Songs of Travel, to texts by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Tickets - 10 / 5 EUR