April 20, 2012 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

6th concert of the SAGA series

Dmitri Shostakovich
Cantata Sun Shines on our Motherland (“Над Родиной нашей солнце сияет”), Op 90
Oratorio Song of the Forests (“Песнь о лесах”), Op 81
Poem Execution of Stepan Razin (“Казнь Степана Разина”), Op 119

Kostiantyn Andreiev (tenor)
Alexei Tanovitski
Narva Boys Choir
Estonian Concert Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
 Conductor PAAVO JÄRVI

The cooperation between Paavo Järvi and ERSO began in 1996. It has resulted in a great number of memorable concerts and eight CDs highly praised by the world’s music journalism, topped by Estonia’s first Grammy.

This time, Järvi’s programme includes rarities by Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the greatest 20th-century symphonists. Although the composer was once elevated by the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and publicly condemned and officially banned the next moment, Shostakovich remained true to his homeland to his death. His creation reflects the injustice and fear he experienced, protest and rebellion, and forcibly voluntary loyalty to the regime. Brilliant examples of this are the cantata Sun Shines on Our Motherland (1952) and the oratorio Song of the Forests (1949).

Song of the Forests, which once received the Stalin Award, and Execution of Stepan Razin (1964) written to the text of Yevgeni Yevtushenko during Khrushchev’s thaw have been performed in Estonia before; the cantata Sun Shines on Our Motherland is performed by ERSO for the first time.

Paavo Järvi is the principal conductor of Orchestre de Paris, hr-Sinfonieorchester of Frankfurt and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie of Bremen.

Concert is produced by ERSO.
Single ticket: 15 € / 10 €.

In its 85th anniversary season, ERSO brings to its listeners four exciting series of superb concerts:  JUBILATE, MASTERCLASS, SAGA and CONCERTO.
The concert is part of the SAGA series that enables listeners to enjoy works with an exciting background and subject matter in a magnificent performance. Six concerts of the SAGA series:
I: 23. ja 24.09.2011  SAUL
II: 04.11.2011  PLANETS
III: 27.01.2012 NATURE, LIFE, LOVE
IV: 10.02.2012 IN SPE
V: 16.03.2012 FIREBIRD

If you buy a ticket for all the concerts mentioned, you will win 30% of the price of single tickets.
Series tickets are sold until the first concert of each series. Tickets for the SAGA series are sold until 23 September 2011.
With a series ticket the price of one concert is 10,50 € / concessions for students and pensioners 7 €.
Six concerts of the SAGA series: 63 € / concessions for students and pensioners 42 €.