Concerts

BRUCKNER’S EIGHTH

February 27, 2020 at 1 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (symphonic lunch*)
February 28, 2020 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

3rd concert of the ROMANTICISM series

Eduard Tubin
Piano Concertino   23′

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 8   80′

MIHKEL POLL piano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor MIHHAIL GERTS 


Mihkel Poll and Mihhail Gerts, who won the audience’s heart last season with French and Russian music, will now combine the works of great symphonists from Estonia and Austria.

Tubin’s powerful and symphonic Concertino for Piano is the composer’s first work written in Sweden and it is definitely one of the best piano concertos in Estonia. The pianist Mihkel Poll says that performing Tubin’s works is always very emotionally meaningful, as ‘the images reflected in Tubin’s music mean something unique and dear to Estonians’. Conductor Mihhail Gerts says that Bruckner’s music is unique in the world that is moving at an ever-faster pace – ‘Time will stop for the listener. For me, it feels like rushing has been replaced with growing. Tubin is like the Estonian Bruckner (he even had more symphonies than Bruckner!) and his Concertino for Piano is one of the brightest works of his creation.’

Mihkel Poll (© Kaupo Kikkas).

Mihkel Poll, winner of numerous international competitions, has performed in the London Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall, as well as in the large hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He will debut in the 2019/2020 season with the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Paris Philharmonic Hall under the baton of Elena Schwarz. Poll started working with ENSO more than ten years ago and together, they have performed a considerable number of piano concertos in St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Yerevan, and Tbilisi. Mihkel Poll is the laureate of the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2004, 2018) and the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Cultural Foundation of the President of the Republic (2013).

Mihhail Gerts has conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, numerous German, English, French, Russian, Finnish, and other orchestras, including Staatskapelle Weimar, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to being a conductor of the Estonian National Opera (2007–2014), Mihhail Gerts has conducted at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, and the National Opera and Ballet of Belarus in Minsk. Recently, he premiered Benjamin Godard’s opera Dante at the Opera Saint-Étienne.


* SYMPHONIC LUNCH. Thu., February 27, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Tubin. Piano Concertino
Bruckner. Symphony No. 8 (mvts 1 & 2)
MIHKEL POLL piano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor MIHHAIL GERTS


ROMANTICISM concert series

I: JÄRVI & HEMSING, October 11, 2019
Ragnhild Hemsing violin, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI

II: DVOŘÁK & RACHMANINOV, January 24, 2020
Winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2019 (cello), ENSO, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV

III: BRUCKNER’S EIGHTH, February 28, 2020
MIHKEL POLL piano, ENSO, conductor MIHHAIL GERTS

IV: SINAISKY & RACHMANINOV, March 26, 2020
MARCEL JOHANNES KITS cello, ENSO, conductor VASSILY SINAISKY


Tickets for the concert series (four concerts): €74/€59
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Single tickets: €25/€18
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