Concerts

PÄRT & TAMBERG

October 18, 2019 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

1st concert of the HARMONY series

Arvo Pärt
Symphony No. 2   14′
Fratres   1′

Eino Tamberg
Concerto Grosso   24′

Carl Reinecke
Flute Concerto   21′

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 3   20′

SHARON BEZALY flute
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NEEME JÄRVI


In the first half of the concert, two special Estonian works, created with just 10 years between them, will be performed. Neeme Järvi did not conduct the premiere of either, but he and several other conductors have performed and recorded them on several occasions. Tamberg’s Concerto Grosso (1956) was the first opus by an Estonian composer that received a lot of international attention – the piece won the gold medal at the World Youth Festival in Moscow and soon later, was performed at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, as well as in Helsinki, New York, and other cities. The energetic neoclassical ensemble concert features solos from the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and piano. Pärt’s Symphony No. 2 (1966) combines dodecaphony with sonoristic and collage elements. In addition to unusual techniques, the composer has also used squeaky rubber toys and cellophane paper as musical instruments. At the end of the piece, however, Tchaikovsky’s Sweet Dream is performed, contradicting the child-like innocent and fragile soul with the cruelty of the outside world.

Sharon Bezaly (© Mark Harrison).

The other half of the concert takes us about 50 and 150 years back in Germany and Austria. The soloist of Reinecke’s Flute Concerto will be Sharon Bezaly, whom critics have called ‘God’s gift to flute’ and the ‘Paganini of the flute’. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has compared Bezaly with such twentieth-century music legends as violinist David Oistrakh and pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Composers from 11 countries have written 20 flute concertos for her. Bezaly, who debuted with ENSO in 2012, was the first wind instrument player whom the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague selected, with the then principal conductor Neeme Järvi, the residing artist of the orchestra for the 2007/08 season.

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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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