Concerts

JUPITER SYMPHONY

December 19, 2019 at 1 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (symphonic lunch*)
December 20, 2019 at 6 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (pre-concert event)
December 20, 2019 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the HARMONY series

Jean-Féry Rebel
Chaos (Le chaos) from The Elements (Les élémens)

Antonio Vivaldi
Winter (L’inverno) from Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)   11′

Arvo Pärt
Fratres   9′

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 41 Jupiter   33′

ERIK BOSGRAAF recorder
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor BAS WIEGERS


The exciting and diverse programme ranging from Baroque to Pärt, the title of which refers to the main work of the concert, Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, will be conducted by Bas Wiegers. Wiegers has worked together with ENSO on several occasions and has been described with the words ‘charismatic’ and ‘openness’. From the season 2018/19, he is the principal guest conductor of the Austrian Chamber Orchestra Klangforum Wien.

When introducing the idea of putting together the programme – older and newer music being performed side by side –, the conductor mentions that it does not seem right to him to keep contemporary and earlier music as completely different phenomena strictly separated. ‘When one listens to the beginning of the work of the French baroque composer Rebel, for example, they may initially think that this music is from the twentieth century. Pärt’s Fratres, however, which is relatively new and the first version of which was written for Baroque instruments, sounds like old music. The orchestral treatment of Mozart at the end of Jupiter Symphony is completely mad – I am still truly shocked every time I listen to it. Therefore, it can be said that all pieces that will be performed differ in some respects from the norms that prevailed at the time of their creation – they are more bizarre and crazier. Openness to such an approach is very inspiring. The aim was therefore to put together a programme where both the audience in the hall and the musicians on the stage leave behind their prejudices about what was modern at some time and what was not, and simply play, listen, and wonder.’

Erik Bosgraaf (© Marco Borggreve).

The concert soloist, recorder virtuoso Erik Bosgraaf from the Netherlands, calls his instrument an inexhaustible source of inspiration. He uses it to perform improvisational pieces as well as everything ranging from medieval music to jazz and what he calls the ‘music of tomorrow’. According to Bas Wiegers, Erik Bosgraaf is one of the most creative musicians he knows. ‘First of all, he is incredibly virtuoso with his instrument. But also in his tastes – like me, he is an omnivore who likes the music of Telemann as much as the works of contemporary composers. As an interpreter, he reminds me of an improviser. By this, I mean that he prepares for each concert with utmost thoroughness in terms of both background knowledge and technical skills, but still, on the stage, listening to him play, it seems like he is inventing it all as he plays.’


* SYMPHONIC LUNCH. Thu., December 19, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Rebel. Le chaos from Les élémens
Mozart. Symphony No. 41 Jupiter 
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor BAS WIEGERS


HARMONY concert series

I: PÄRT & TAMBERG, October 18, 2019
SHARON BEZALY flute, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI

II: JUPITER SYMPHONY, December 20, 2019
ERIK BOSGRAAF recorder, ENSO, conductor BAS WIEGERS

III: WE!, January 17, 2020
GUIDU GUALANDO oboe, ENSO chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra, ENSO

IV: SHOSTAKOVICH’S TENTH, February 20, 2020
Winner of the Estonian Piano Competition 2019, SO of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, ENSO, conductor PAUL MÄGI


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