Tuesday 23.7.

Tuesday 23.7.2024

10.00 Salakamari

The Heart of the Day – Osmo Tapio Räihälä presents the Festival's program (in English).

Tuesday 23.7.2024

38. 11.00 Kuhmo Church — €25/21


Anton Bruckner (1824—1896):

String Quartet in C minor (1862)

(Performing Dvořák’s quintet with Zoran Marković has been one of the quartet’s long-held wishes.)

Antonín Dvořák (1841—1904):

String Quintet in G, Op. 77 (1875)

Tuesday 23.7.2024

39. 15.00 Tuupala Primary School — €25/21


As with the trio for horn, trumpet and trombone in concert 46, Poulenc said that he composed the sonata for two clarinets quite intuitively. Both works were written at a time when he was concerned he hadn’t received enough musical instruction, and at Milhaud’s suggestion he sought to become a student of Charles Koechlin.

Francis Poulenc (1899—1963):

Sonata, FP 7 for two clarinets (1918)


J. S. Bach (1685—1750):

Prélude from Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009 (1717–23)

J. S. Bach (1685—1750):

Largo from Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005 (1720)

J. S. Bach (1685—1750):

Prélude from Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 (1717–23)

Sebastian Fagerlund (1972—):

Scherzic for viola and cello (2008)

The unusual instrumentation of Stravinsky’s Octet was inspired by a dream he had one night in Biarritz in late 1922.

Igor Stravinsky (1882—1971):

Octet for wind instruments (1923)

Tuesday 23.7.2024

40. 18.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre — €30/25


Collated by Pia Freund, this programme presents a selection of songs composed at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Composed under similar circumstances, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is an obvious companion piece. Ultimately, every conflict is about individual people and their fates. This moving programme reminds us of what we must never forget. 

John Cage (1912—1992):

In the Name of the Holocaust for prepared piano (1942)

Ilse Weber (1903—1944):

Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt (I wander through Theresienstadt) (1942–44, lyrics: Ilse Weber)

Martin Roman (1910—1996):

Das Karussell (1944, lyrics: Manfred Greiffenhagen)

Viktor Ullmann (1898—1944):

Claire Vénus, Op. 34 No. 1 from Six Sonnets de Louïze Labé (1941, lyrics: Louïze Labé)

Adolf Strauss (1902—1944):

Ich weiss bestimmt, ich werd dich wiedersehen (I know for sure I'll see you again) (lyrics: Ludwig Hift)

Carlo Taube (1897—1944):

Ein jüdisches Kind (A Jewish Child) (lyrics: Carlo and Erika Taube)

Ilse Weber (1903—1944):

Wiegala (Beddy-bye) (lyrics: Ilse Weber)

Viktor Ullmann (1898—1944):

Berjoskele (The Little Birch), Op. 53 No. 1 from Brezulinka (Birches). Drei jiddische Lieder (1943, lyrics: David Einhorn)


Olivier Messiaen (1908—1992):

Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) for violin, clarinet, cello and piano (1940–41)


Tuesday 23.7.2024

41. 21.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre — €25/21


Caplet was inspired by The Masque of the Red Death, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story tells the tale of a plague that left no survivors, not even the friends of Prince Prospero in his well-isolated castle ball…

André Caplet (1878—1925):

Conte fantastique for harp and string quartet (1919)

“The dwarf beholds the woman, gripped by death,

He pushes her deep into the sea with his own hands,

His heart is burning for her with such total longing.”

Translation Malcolm Wren

Franz Schubert (1797—1828):

Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) in A minor, D. 771 for vocal and piano (1823, lyrics: Matthäus von Collin)

Schnittke composed his Piano Quintet soon after his mother had been found dead, having suffered a heart attack. The work is a musical embodiment of the doctor’s answer to Schnittke’s question: “What would my mother have felt?”

Alfred Schnittke (1934—1998):

Piano Quintet (1972–76)