RING. Festival “Practical Spirituality”
3rd concert in the HARMONY series
4th concert in the PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY festival
Richard Wagner / Henk de Vlieger
The Ring, An Orchestral Adventure
SVEN HELBIG electronics
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
The German composer and musical philosopher Richard Wagner was one of the greatest innovators of the music theatre. His creative activity culminated with the development of a completely new synthesis of music and drama, the Gesamtkunstwerk. He first applied his innovative ideas in his large-scale tetralogy, The Ring of the Nibelung.
Wagner’s idea of the synergy of music, text, dramaturgy and theatrical scenery, costumes and light and their combined influence on the viewer has also inspired the work of the modern German composer, producer and arranger, Sven Helbig. An author of grandiose music videos, stage shows and theatrical multimedia productions, Helbig has collaborated with Rammstein, Pet Shop Boys, Polarkreis 18, the American rapper Snoop Dogg and the German rapper Sido, as well as the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Fauré Quartet, the opera singer René Pape and many others.
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 E-piim
Concerts in the “Harmony” series are conducted by the principal conductor and artistic director at ENSO, Neeme Järvi and his younger son Kristjan Järvi, who is known for his dashing and innovative ideas. Kristjan Järvi is the principal conductor of the Leipzig MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra as well as the founding member and conductor of the Absolute Ensemble and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.
The soloists in Brahms’ Double Concerto are Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, the best known Estonian violin soloist, and Jan-Erik Gustafsson, one of the most outstanding cello soloists in Finland. The two musicians can often be seen performing together on stages all over the world. The concert “The Brilliant Flute” is dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Samuel Saulus, the most distinguished and influential Estonian wind instrument player of all times. Soloists at Mozart’s Flute Concerto and Flute and Harp Concerto are Clara Andrada de la Calle, the solo flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and solo harpist with ENSO, Assia Cunego. Carried by the idea of artistic synthesis, the concert “Ring” in the programme of ENSO’s end of season festival “Practical Spirituality” combines the grandiose work of two German composers, Richard Wagner and Sven Helbig.
Friday 3 November 2017 – DOUBLE CONCERTO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
Friday 4 May 2018 – BRILLIANT FLUTE: SAMUEL SAULUS 85, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
Thursday 24 May 2018 – RING, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Series tickets for the “Harmony” concert series: 42€ / 30€ (available until 1.11.2017)
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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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