March 20, 2015 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

3rd concert of the NAUTIMUS series

Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959)
“The Burden of Unlived Life” (2014, Estonian premiere)

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 (1924)
“Kullervo Symphony”, Op. 7 (1892)

Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)

Estonian National Male Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The choral symphony “Kullervo” by Jean Sibelius, based on the Finnish national epic “Kalevala”, was one of the most polemic and eye-catching works from among the work of the greatest Finnish symphonist. Although the first performances of the “Kullervo Symphony” were extremely successful and well received by audiences, the critically minded composer did not allow it to be performed again in his lifetime, and therefore, it was not heard in concert halls for more than 60 years.

ENSO performed the “Kullervo Symphony” for the first time in 1993 under the baton of Paavo Berglund in a festive concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Estonian and Finnish Republics. One of the most remarcable performances took place four years later in Järvenpää, home of the composer, as part of the Sibelius Festival.

For Estonian National Male Choir, the “Kullervo Symphony” is part of their shtick, which they have performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

Soloists are mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi, the artistic director of the Finnish National Opera, and baritone Tommi Hakala.

The present concert is conducted by Arvo Volmer – renowned opera and orchestra conductor, who has worked in collaboration with many symphony orchestras and opera houses in the world, and whose numerous recordings, including all of Sibelius’ symphonies performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, have received international acclaim. Arvo Volmer has been successfully associated with ENSO for more than 30 years, including eight seasons (1993–2001) as principal conductor. Arvo Volmer has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Fondazione Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento – known informally as Orchestra Haydn – from the 2014/15 season.


 sweet&aromatic  OPERA GALA. Conductor IGOR TOMASHEVSKY. 23.01.2015
 soft&fruity  RAKHMANINOV’S THIRD. Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV. 27.02.2015
 light&fresh  KULLERVO. Conductor ARVO VOLMER. 20.03.2015
 fullbodied@spicy  Final Concert of the Season. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI. 14.05.2015

Series  tickets 52,80 € / 38,40 €* on sale until 23.01.2015.
Series tickets can be purchased through PILETILEVI or at the box office at Estonia Concert Hall.
Single tickets 22 € / 16 €.
* Concessions available for school and university students and senior citizens.

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