GREAT SUMMER GATHERING. FRIENDS
Suite from “Pelléas et Mélisande”
Ballade Of the Beautiful Air Maiden (Sest Ilmaneitsist ilusast)
Symphony No. 5 in B minor
KALLE RANDALU piano
ELINA NECHAYEVA soprano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
ENSO and Maestro Neeme Järvi welcome music lovers from all over the world at the Alexela Concert Hall in Tallinn on the eve of the XXVII Song Celebration ‘My Fatherland is My Love’. The concert ‘Great Summer Gathering. Friends’ is part of the programme of the international meeting of friends of Estonia. The purpose of the event is to thank entrepreneurs, politicians, and cultural figures whose activities have helped Estonia to develop into a European country with a dynamic economy and a thriving cultural environment. The patron of the meeting is conductor Neeme Järvi.
The year 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the first Estonian Song Festival and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of musical higher education in Estonia. The success stories of Estonian musicians and music are largely built on these milestones.
Elina Nechayeva has obtained a Master’s degree in classical singing from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She has attracted attention at the competition ‘Stars of Classical Music’, the ‘Neue Stimmen’ competition for young opera singers, and at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, where her song ‘La forza’ brought eighth place to Estonia. She has performed in Georgia, the Pärnu Music Festival, and the Great Theatre of China in Shanghai with Neeme Järvi and ENSO. In addition to concerts conducted by Neeme Järvi, she has collaborated on several exciting projects with Kristjan Järvi.
In early 2019, she duetted with the renowned Plácido Domingo on the stage of Saku Suurhall Arena and performed solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana with ENSO at the opening concert of a MustonenFest. Elina Nechayeva cooperates with both Estonian and foreign composers and in addition to opera, vocal-symphonic, and chamber music, she is attracted to the crossover genre, with which she wishes to create more interest in classical vocals.
Kalle Randalu, who is considered an extraordinary performer of Mozart, will play two Romantic piano concertos during the 2018/19 season with ENSO – at the beginning of the season, he will perform Grieg, and now, Schumann. Randalu has won awards at prestigious competitions, including the first place at the ARD competition in Munich (1985), as well as laureates from the Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1981) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982).
Neeme Järvi, Kalle Randalu, and ENSO recently did an excellent job in recording all of Beethoven’s and Brahms’ piano concertos and two Mozart’s piano concertos under the company ERP.
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