Wednesday 24.7.

Wednesday 24.7.2024

10.00 Salakamari

The Heart of the Day – Lotta Wennäkoski talks about her commissioned piece and her work as a composer, interviewed by Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen (in Finnish).

Wednesday 24.7.2024

42. 11.00 Kuhmo Church — €25/21

MEANDERING THROUGH GENERATIONS

Bach’s Concerto in D minor has enthralled listeners for centuries. Alongside audiences, composers too have taken inspiration from this work over the years, not least the British composer Anna Clyne, who has recently garnered much international attention.

J. S. Bach (1685—1750):

Toccata and fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (?before 1708, arrangement for electric violin by Sergey Malov)

Johann Christian Bach (1735—1782):

Piano Sonata in A, Op. 17 No. 5 (1780 ca.)

J. S. Bach (1685—1750):

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 for two violins, strings and basso continuo (1730–31)

Wednesday 24.7.2024

12.30 Tuupala Primary School

Student Concert

  • Students of the Music Courses

Wednesday 24.7.2024

43. 15.00 Tuupala Primary School — €25/21

THE FREAK SHOW

Alongside the mainstream, there exists some very special music that requires a little bit more from the performer’s toolbox. Here are some fine examples!

Lotta Wennäkoski (1970—):

Sic for two violins (2023–24, commissioned by Kuhmo Chamber Music, premier)

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Luciano Berio (1925—2003):

Sequenza V for trombone (1966)

Mark Applebaum (1967—):

Aphasia (2010)

The seven movements of Perkin’s work are each dedicated to the stars of the questionable ‘freakshows’ of the past, including The Two-Headed Nightingale and The Armless Fiddler.

Sam Perkin (1985—):

The Freakshow for piano trio (2016)

Wednesday 24.7.2024

44. 18.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre — €30/25

SYMPHONISTS IN THE CHAMBER

Three of the great symphonic composers – Wagner, Mahler and Bruckner – whose chamber works have been inexplicably overlooked.

Richard Wagner (1813—1883):

Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91 (1857–58)

Gustav Mahler (1860—1911):

Piano Quartet in A minor (1876)

Intermission

Bruckner’s String Quintet was commissioned by Josef Hellmesberger, then concert master of the Vienna Conservatoire and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Almost instantly, the quintet became one of Bruckner’s most widely performed works. The critic Wilhelm Altmann wrote that “even if Bruckner’s only work for strings had been the slow movement of this quintet, that alone would have secured his reputation for all eternity.”

Anton Bruckner (1824—1896):

String Quintet in F (1878–79)

Wednesday 24.7.2024

45. 21.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre — €25/21

THE MYSTERIOUS FOREST

The Finnish relationship with the forest has always been empowering, and the spirit of the forest remains inspiring to this day. Elgar too was haunted by the woods outside Brinkwells, where a thicket of bare trees had become the stuff of local legend – a tale of depraved Spanish monks whose evil-doings led to their being transformed into the menacing-looking trees. Elgar wrote to the critic Ernest Newman (the Quintet’s dedicatee) “…it’s ghostly stuff”.

Erkki Melartin (1875—1937):

The Mysterious Forest, Op. 118 six pieces for piano (1923)

Charles Koechlin (1867—1950):

Sonata, Op. 71 for bassoon and piano (1918–19)

Edward Elgar (1857—1934):

Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 (1918–19)