END OF THE SEASON CONCERT I & II
4th concert of the MAESTRO series
Symphony No 4 Los Angeles 34′
Kullervo Symphony 70′
MONIKA-EVELIN LIIV mezzo-soprano
RAUNO ELP baritone (Estonian National Opera)
Estonian National Male Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
For the final concerts of the season, Maestro Neeme Järvi will conduct works by Arvo Pärt and Jean Sibelius – both works are commonly performed by ENSO.
Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 Los Angeles (2008) is dedicated to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. According to the composer, it is a tribute to a man who has achieved a moral victory in the midst of a personal tragedy – it is a tribute to the great power and dignity of the human soul. The title Los Angeles refers to the subject of the guardian angel (at the time of writing, the composer was captivated by the Orthodox scripture Canon to the Guardian Angel), as well as the city of Los Angeles, the name of which means ‘angels’ in Spanish. Its premiere was recorded on 10 January 2009 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the ECM album earned the conductor the British Phonographic Industry’s annual Classic Brit Award. It was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
The vocal symphonic Kullervo (1892), based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala, is one of the most controversial and well-known works of the biggest symphonist in Finland. Kullervo was extraordinarily successful and won the hearts of the audience with the first performances, but the critical composer did not allow for it to be performed in his lifetime again, which is why the work disappeared from stages for more than six decades. ENSO first performed Sibelius’s Kullervo under the baton of Paavo Berglund at the festive concert in 1993, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Finland. The piece was last performed in 2018 in Hong Kong with conductor Leif Segerstam.
MAESTRO concert series
I: SEASON OPENING CONCERT, September 13, 2019
Ye-Eun Choi violin, Estonian National Male Choir, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
II: GRINGOLTS & MENDELSSOHN, February 7, 2020
Ilya Gringolts violin, ENSO, conductor OLARI ELTS
III: ENERGY, March 6, 2020
Juhan Tralla tenor, Tamar Nugis baritone, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, ENSO, conductor ARVO VOLMER
IV: END OF THE SEASON CONCERT I, May 21, 2020
Monika-Evelin Liiv mezzo-soprano, Rauno Elp baritone, Estonian National Male Choir, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI