Peeter Lilje 60

September 22, 2010 at 7 pm — Tallinn, Estonia Concert Hall
October 21, 2010 at 7 pm — Pärnu Concert Hall

Mozart – Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K. 491
Brahms – “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, Op. 45

Kalle Randalu (piano)
Janice Watson (soprano, Great Britain)
Rauno Elp (baritone, NO Estonia)
Estonian Concert Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The concert is dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary of Peeter Lilje (13 Oct. 1950–28 Oct. 1993), a long-time principal conductor of ERSO. A remarkable place in his repertoire belonged to more than 30 large-scale vocal-symphonic compositions (Brahms, Berlioz, Orff, Verdi) and extensive dramatic symphonies (Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, etc.). Brahms’s “German Requiem” which was performed under his conduction for the first time in Estonia on 29 October 1981 received recognition from both the audience and the critics: “It is not always possible to see and hear P. Lilje so open and emotional; the audience tried to respond in the same vein. Tallinn’s concert-going public appreciated the Estonian premier of Brahms’s “German Requiem” greatly; the hall was filled to capacity and applauded enthusiastically.” (Ines Rannap, Sirp ja Vasar, 12 Nov. 1981)

Peeter Lilje cooperated most closely with the pianist Kalle Randalu.
“My first appearance with the orchestra was with Peeter Lilje and ERSO. In spring 1975, when graduating from Tallinn Music High School, I played the first movement of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Our last performance together was that of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in Kuopio, Finland. This was in October 1993.
These years included a great number of joint performances, emotions, happy cooperation, and elevated moments. Often the great recognition after a good concert was the words of older colleagues from the orchestra: “Today God was really near”.
I still think of Peeter’s loss with great sorrow but also with deep gratitude, as we could play so much good music together.” (Kalle Randalu)

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