Esa-Pekka Salonen, National Opera & Nicolas Altstaedt
Fri 11.8. 19:00
Kickstart the Helsinki Festival at the opera! The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera plays the Finnish premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s brand new cello concerto — conducted by the composer himself. A new work by Salonen is always an Event.
The concerto, which utilises electronics, has been composed for cellist Yo-Yo Ma and is a joint commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barbican Centre in London and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Fans of Salonen saw their long wait rewarded when the work premiered in Chicago in spring 2017. The soloist for the Helsinki Festival concerto is the German/French Nicolas Altstaedt, a young world star on the rise, whose sensuous cello playing has charmed critics and audiences alike.
The concert will also feature Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. The orchestration of this suite, originally composed for solo piano, is considered to be among the composer’s greatest achievements. Composed between 1914 and 1917, the work echoes the horrors of the First World War: the movements are dedicated to Ravel’s friends and colleagues who perished in the war.
The intensive concert ends with the orchestral version of Igor Stravinsky’s Perséphone. Drawing from Greek mythology, it tells the tale of the goddess Persephone, the queen of the underworld.
Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Choir and Children’s choir
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Andrew Staples, tenor
Pauline Cheviller, narrator
Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Cello concerto (Finnish premiere)
Igor Stravinsky: Perséphone