MUSTONENFEST. Opening Concert
Piano Concerto Resurrection 37′
Requiem in D minor 55′
Barry Douglas piano
Estonian National Male Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor ANDRES MUSTONEN
Andres Mustonen has put together the programme in a way unique to him: two great works of two very different ages and styles will be performed. Requiem by the Italian composer Luigi Cherubini will be followed by Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Concerto Resurrection. In the first half of his life, Cherubini was dedicated to opera and laid the foundation for the French comic and romantic opera. In the second half of his life, however, he devoted himself to spiritual music, which his contemporaries highly valued. His Requiem is a deeply intimate musical work filled with romance and a wide range of colours.
Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Concerto Resurrection is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on 11 September 2001 in New York. The dedication is more than a notation in the score – listeners will deeply feel it in the music. It is one of the most postmodern and neoromantic works of the composer, with deeply meaningful connections. This piano concerto, full of moving melodies, has also been considered what the composer thinks Rachmaninov could have written 100 years later.
The Estonian National Male Choir has repeatedly performed Cherubini’s Requiem, and in 2002, together with ENSO and Andres Mustonen, recorded it. Now, we can enjoy the same composition – in a stronger and more meaningful way than ever.