Martin Kuuskmann & Neeme Järvi

Martin Kuuskmann. Photo Karl J. Kaul.

Martin Kuuskmann. Photo Karl J. Kaul.

October 14, 2010 at 7 pm — Tallinn, Estonia Concert Hall
October 15, 2010 at 7 pm — Tartu, Vanemuine Concert Hall

Rimski-Korsakov – Suite from the Opera-Ballet “Mlada”
Tamberg – Bassoon Concerto, Op. 108
Šostakovitš – Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon, USA)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The soloist in Eino Tamberg’s Bassoon Concerto is Martin Kuuskmann, one of the most versatile bassoon soloists at present. Born and grown up in Estonia, he has been working mainly in the US for years. His repertoire includes music from baroque to jazz, and an essential place in it belongs to present-day music — not only Eino Tamberg but also Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kõrvits, Christopher Theofanidis, Gene Pritsker, Charles Coleman, Gregor Hübner and David Chesky have written bassoon concertos for him. Chesky’s Bassoon Concerto performed by Kuuskmann on the CD Urban Concertos (Chesky Records, 2007) received a Grammy Nomination in 2007 for the best contemporary composition. With his magnificent technique, musicality and courage of experimentation, Martin Kuuskmann has proved that the bassoon can be a top calibre solo instrument.

“Eino Tamberg’s Bassoon Concerto with its fiery technique is very rhythmical and still one of the most melodious and extensive bassoon concertos ever written. One can always find something new in it — as soon as you have found a solution for yourself, ever new variants crop up…” (Martin Kuuskmann)

The second half of the concert features one of the best-known and most admired works from Dmitri Shostakovich’s copious symphonic output — his Fifth Symphony, created in 1937.

Concerts are produced by ERSO
Tickets in Tallinn: 180 EEK (11.50 €), 120 EEK (7.67 €) / 70 EEK (4.47 €)
Tickets in Tartu: 160 EEK (10.23 €), 120 EEK (7.67 €)