CENTURY ROLLS. Festival “Practical Spirituality”
4th concert in the PIANO CONCERTO series
1st concert in the festival PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY
Piano Concerto Century Rolls
Sinfonia domestica, Op. 53
VÍKINGUR ÓLAFSSON piano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
According to the composer himself, Century Rolls, a piano concerto written in 1997 by the American composer John Adams, embraces the piano music of the entire previous century, while being mainly inspired by the sounds of the pianola, the self-playing piano that became popular at the beginning of the 20th century. Besides the temporal element (‘century’), the title of the composition makes reference to the perforated paper or metal rolls used for recording the music replayed by pianolas.
The works by the German-born composer Max Richter have been categorised under Neoclassicism as well as ambient or electroacoustic music. Infra is the theme that runs through the album of the same name, released by FatCat Records in 2010 and reissued four years later by Deutsche Gammophon.
The soloist, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, is a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity. He is one of the most original younger generation pianists who has given solo concerts in many prestigious concert halls all over the world and performed with famous orchestras and conductors. In 2012, at the age of only 28, he established a chamber music festival in Reykjavík, which has now become an annual event. The festival immediately received the prize of the Music Event of the Year in Iceland as well as a special prize for innovation. Ólafsson has also been the artistic director of the Vinterfest festival in Sweden since 2016.
Instead of a traditional end of season concert, ENSO will end its concert season with an end of season festival, which demonstrates the ability of a symphony orchestra to bring together music and musicians more broadly than allowed by the usual format of concerts on Friday evenings. The initial concept for “Practical Spirituality”, a festival produced by ENSO and Kristjan Järvi, was the search for meaning and transcendence in music, and the idea of music as a means for perceiving religion, cosmic vibrations and harmony. A festival of the same name was already held in June 2017 in Leipzig, with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra as the main partner to Kristjan Järvi, the leader of the festival.
Kristjan Järvi has been described by the French website dedicated to classical music and dance, ResMusica, as “a generous musician without blinkers and boundaries, the archetype of an artist in the 21st century”. He has gained recognition on the world stages of classical music as “one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers of the classical scene” (Reuters). Curating and conducting his original, genre-fusing projects with individual approach and style, his concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience.” (Herald Scotland). To realise his pioneering ideas, Kristjan Järvi has creative outlets all over the world: he is the principal conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the founder-conductor of his New York based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble, and the founder and conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. He works as a guest conductor with orchestras all over the world: the London Symphony Orchestra, French National Orchestra, Paris Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan among many others. As a recording artist, Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks and award-winning albums by Sony Classical and Chandos, to his eponymous series – the “Kristjan Järvi Sound Project” – under the prestigious French record label Naïve Classique.
Concert is produced by ENSO
Presented by Liviko
For the first time, the ENSO concert series also include a special treat for all piano music lovers.
Denis Kozuhkhin, a pianist from Nizhny Novgorod, who has made his way up to the world’s most reputed concert halls, has won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition among many other awards. He now works with the world’s top orchestras and conductors. In Tallinn he will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
The young Estonian pianist, Auli Lonks, became known to Estonian audiences when participating in the first season of the TV show “Klassikatähed” (Classical Stars). She recently won first prize at a competition of instrumental soloists at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Symphony Orchestra. With ENSO and the EAMT Symphony Orchestra she will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
Born in Kharkiv and currently living in New York, Anna Shelest has been praised by the New York Times for her “fiery sensibility and warm touch” in piano playing, as well as for her excellent sense of partnership with an orchestra. In Tallinn she will perform Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with ENSO, conducted by Neeme Järvi.
The piano concerto with an intriguing title “Century Rolls” by the American composer John Adams embraces, according to the composer himself, the piano music of the entire previous century, while being mainly inspired by the sounds of the pianola, the self-playing piano that became popular at the beginning of the 20th century. The soloist, the Icelandic Víkingur Ólafsson is one of the most original younger generation pianists who represents a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity.
Friday 20 October 2017 – SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEV, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Friday 27 April 2018 – DVOŘÁK AND RAVEL, conductor PAUL MÄGI
Friday 11.05.2018 – BEETHOVEN AND RUBINSTEIN, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
Friday 18 May 2018 – CENTURY ROLLS, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Series tickets for the “Piano Concerto” series: 55 € / 40 € (available until 18.10.2017)
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FESTIVAL “PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY”
“Practical Spirituality” is ENSO’s end of season festival which demonstrates the ability of a symphony orchestra to bring together music and musicians more broadly than allowed by the usual format of concerts on Friday evenings. The initial concept for ENSO and Kristjan Järvi was the search for meaning and transcendence in music and the idea of music as a means for perceiving religion, cosmic vibrations and harmony. A festival of the same name was already held in June 2017 in Leipzig, with the Leipzig MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra as the main partner for Kristjan Järvi, the leader of the festival.
The charisma of Kristjan Järvi, the fascinating repertoire and soloists performing for the first time in Estonia (the Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and the German composer, producer, arranger and electronic musician Sven Helbig) will guarantee a freshness and energetic charge for the festival.
Friday 18 May 2018 – CENTURY ROLLS, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Sunday 20 May 2018 – FROM ICE TO EST, ENSO chamber ensembles and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – I EAT THE SUN AND DRINK THE RAIN, Voces Musicales, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Thursday 24 May 2018 – RING, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Festival pass: 55 € / 40 € (available until 1.05.2018)
Festival passes are available upon buying a voucher with a code that can be used to obtain tickets to all four concerts of the festival.
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