ERSO TV: CZECH PICTURES
Vltava (The Moldau) from Symphonic Cycle My Country (Má vlast) ~12′
Symphony No 5 in F major, Op. 76 ~40′
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor MIHHAIL GERTS
Conductor Mihhail Gerts and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will bring symphonic musical imagery inspired by the nature of Czechia to the audience. Nature provided an important foundation to the works of the three Czech musical greats – Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Bohuslav Martinů. Mihhail Gerts describes their connection to nature like this: ‘The Vltava River, which Bedřich Smetana captures so magnificently in his musical imagery, flows through the birthplace of Antonín Dvořák – the small village of Nelahozeves. Bohuslav Martinů was born in Polička, a similar tiny village. The Czech nature is a powerful source of inspiration to these composers. By drawing strength from it, each of them continues down the path laid by their predecessor.’
At the concert, Smetana’s Vltava is followed by Martinů’s Intermezzo – a musical image of the twentieth century. According to the conductor, a great homesickness can be heard between the new and vivid colour combinations, reflecting the strong longing Martinů felt in America similarly to Dvořák. ‘Dvořák himself described his rarely performed fifth symphony the best: “Even the divine nature sometimes needs to rest in order to come back, rise in full force, and show its true power in a mighty fortissimo,”’ the conductor once more highlights the theme of nature that carries throughout the concert.
Hailed by critics for his “astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth“ as “a name to remember”, the Estonian conductor Mihhail Gerts has made a name for himself following recent successful debuts with the Orchestre Nazionale delĺ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, BBC Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with the acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist.
Gerts has established a regular collaboration with orchestras such as RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, National Philharmonic of Russia and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Forthcoming dates include debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d ́Ile de France, as well as returning to Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Bremer Philharmoniker etc.
Mihhail Gerts is increasingly tied to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra – recently, he conducted the orchestra at the final concert of the Baltic/Estonian Music Days, which took place a few weeks ago. Under his direction, the premieres of symphonic works by five Estonian composers were performed. Last February, he performed Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tubin’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra with pianist Mihkel Poll. At the beginning of this year, a record of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tubin’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, recorded in collaboration with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Mihkel Poll, and Mihhail Gerts, was released by the record company Dux.
The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program.
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.