As the name suggests, the Baltic Sea orchestra brings together musicians from around the Baltic Sea region and its neighbours, including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The orchestra is conducted by Kristjan Järvi and since its establishment in 2008, has performed as a symbol of unity and regional cooperation, in a region with a history of turmoil and division.
The latest tour will feature a work from Estonian composer Arvo Pärt as well as works from Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. The latter’s work ‘Firebird’ will be performed by the orchestra, without sheet music and entirely from memory. This innovative approach brings a deeper expressiveness to the music, as the players engage in a more intuitive sense with the music and with each other.
The performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be further enhanced as 15-year-old Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev joins the BSO to showcase his talents to a wider audience.
Arvo Pärt’s ‘Swansong’ opens the concert with its gentle hymn like qualities as words from one of theologian John Henry Newman’s sermons are set to the composition.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s Baltic Folk Tour starts on Visby Island (Gotland), Sweden this Saturday night, 19th of August at 7pm. It will then travel on to perform also at 7pm at the Rheingau Music festival in Germany on the 20th of August. The tour will conclude in Italy on the 23rd of August at the Merano Music festival (concert starts at 8.30pm).
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s tour will begin on Saturday 19th August in Sweden, followed by one night in Germany on the 20th and the closing concert in Italy on the 23rd of August 2017. More information can be found here on their website.
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