PÄRT & MAHLER. Arvo Pärt 80
2nd concert of the MAESTRO series
Arvo Pärt (1935)
Symphony No 1 Polyphonic (1963)
“La Sindone” (2005/2015)
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphony No 1 in D major (1888)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Kristjan Järvi – a generous musician without blinkers or boundaries, the archetype of an artist in the 21st century. In order to realize his innovative ideas he has creative outlets all around the world: as principal conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, as founder-conductor of his New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble, and as founder and conductor of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic. He also works with orchestras from around the world as a guest conductor.
The programme for Järvi’s concert brings together two symphonies by charismatic masters, who have both had an impact on culture and music, but also on the other composers of their time.
Symphony No. 1 by Arvo Pärt was written as his graduation project at the Conservatory and was dedicated to his composition teacher Heino Eller. The title Polyphonic refers to the use of classical forms of polyphony, canon and fugue. Pärt himself has said that this symphony is an unpretentious dodecaphonic composition. Before he reached his unique tintinnabuli style, Pärt had to go through several creative periods and scandals. The work was premiered on 7 February 1964 in Tallinn by the Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra (current ENSO) under the baton of Neeme Järvi.
Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler was inspired by nature, lyricism and folk songs. The third movement is a grotesque funeral march based on a popular French children’s song Frère Jacques. The idea of changing the song’s theme from a major to a minor key was inspired by Moritz von Schwind’s woodcut The Hunter’s Funeral, where the animals, while burying the hunter, seem to derive great joy from the occasion. The work is youthfully bright and courageous, and the large-scale vocal-symphonic works and influential years as principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera still lay ahead.
Tickets: 22 € / 16 €
Concert is organized by ENSO
18.09.2015 SEASON OPENING. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
6.11.2015 PÄRT & MAHLER. Arvo Pärt 80. Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
15.01.2016 BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY. Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
4.03.2016 CIRCUS. Conductor OLLI MUSTONEN
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