Olari Elts. Foto Marco Borggreve.

April 16, 2021 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

4th concert of the RADICAL GURU #BEETHOVEN series

Anton Reicha
Overture in D major     ~10’

York Bowen
Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra, Op. 150     ~16’ 

Ludwig van Beethoven 
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92     ~38’

KREETE PERANDI french horn
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor OLARI ELTS

Olari Elts, the chief conductor and artistic director of ERSO, has invited French horn player Kreete Perandi, a young musician who won the Grand Prix of brass instruments at the 2018 Estonian competition for professional musicians (for wind instruments), to be the soloist of the concert. In addition to the main prize, Perandi received a number of special prizes, including the ERSO Prize, which is awarded, as always, based on the votes of the orchestra members and gives the winner the opportunity to perform as a soloist with ERSO. Estonian music critic Kai Taal called Kreete Perandi the biggest surprise of the competition: ‘Perandi’s performance was technically excellent and musically captivating in all rounds. In the finale, the French horn concert written by Richard Strauss at the age of 19 and performed by Perandi fascinated and charmed many other listeners besides me. Kreete Perandi, who is originally from southern Estonia, has had close ties with Germany already for ten years after studying music in Estonia. She first studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, then at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Together with ERSO and Olari Elts, she will perform a lively and masterful French Horn Concerto written by York Bowen, a so far relatively little-known British composer of the first half of the twentieth century.

Once again, during the season dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the work of the grand master of the music world will be heard alongside the works of one of his contemporaries, Anton Reicha (also Antonín Rejcha), born in Prague. Reicha and Beethoven crossed paths as teenagers when they both worked in the Bonn court chapel, where Reicha played the violin and flute, Beethoven the violin and the organ. Both of them were taught by Christian Gottlob Neefe, and it is known that it was Reicha who sparked Beethoven’s serious interest in wind instruments and in their ever-expanding playing possibilities. Reicha’s Overture in D major is the first known orchestral work written in the 5/8 time signature.

The main work of the concert is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, ‘one of the happiest products of my poor talents’, as the composer himself has modestly assessed it. The symphony, often called the apotheosis of dance – full of rhythmic energy, a march spirit, and the joy of dancing – perfectly expresses the mood in Vienna at the time.

With this concert, we express our gratitude towards the nurses and care workers who fight for our lives during this pandemic and give them our love through ​the citizen initiative PAI. This evening, the conversation partner of Olari Elts is Meelis Kubits, the founder of Kultuuripartnerluse SA and one of the originators and leaders of PAI.

As the government decided to cancel all indoor public events, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) will perform in an empty hall this month: all concerts will take place and the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the concert experience on ERSO TV and Klassikaraadio.

All tickets for performances can be exchanged for an ERSO TV access code, which is valid for two months, or an ERSO gift card, which is valid for 12 months and can be used to purchase a ticket for future concerts. Naturally, the tickets are also refundable. 


The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program.