Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 3 - Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival 2010


Day 3 starts with a breakfast of oatmeal, milk and self picked blueberries:

Admin and financial director Sari Rusanen (l)
and Canadian/South-African audience regulars.

Lunch - möttönen, a local delicacy.

Guests of honour... (Saari-aho family)

The famous Lammasjärvi sunsets.

Back to the cottage...



The Secrets of the Garden

6 11.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre €14.50/10.50

Variations or the Tree of Continuity

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809):
Baryton Trio in D, HXI 113 
Geringas, Rohde, Maintz

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897):
Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn, Op. 56b for two Pianos 
Resjan, Wass

Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
Gringolts, Rohde, Rousi, Gröndahl

7 13.30 Kontio School €23.50/15.50

The Secret Garden of Bartók

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897):
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 
Rowland, Mendelssohn, Cohen, H. Kärkkäinen


Hungarian Folk Music
Pantir, Tarkkonen

Richard Strauss (1864–1949):
Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13
Vähälä, Riebl, Rousi, Resjan


The magic tree of classical music grew for 40,000 years, providing the sweet and – also – the bitter fruits of its own evolution. From the branches of antiquity the Renaissance was born. From the backstage shadows the harpsichordist has metamorphosed into the front stage conductor. From the knight’s castle hall chamber music has come (down) to the big symphony hall. From the subconscious love-hate relation with R. Strauss and gipsy music the unshakable values of Bartók have issued forth. His Quintet contains all the keys to the doors of his future secret gardens, and all the makings of an excessive, passionately post-Romantic and courageously beautiful piece of music.

Béla Bartók (1881–1945):
Piano Quintet, BB 33 
Lagerspetz, Danel Quartet

8 18.00 Kuhmo Church €14.50/10.50

Shostakovich and the Great Gardener

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975):
String Quartet No. 6 in G, Op. 101 
Danel Quartet

Stalin, the great gardener of the soul, was gone, but his shadow was still in the air. Tikhon Khrennikov, the boss of the USSR composers’ union and one of his worthy acolytes was around to make everything impossible but very important. He had some encouraging words for young Alfred Schnittke, protégé of Shostakovich. “He lacks all talent for writing music and should not compose.”

Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998):
Prelude in Memoriam Dmitry Shostakovich for two Violins 
Gringolts, Yang

Dmitry Shostakovich:
String Quartet No. 10 in A flat, Op. 118 
Danel Quartet

9 20.15 Kuhmo Arts Centre €23.50/15.50

Gardens at Nightfall

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809):
Divertimento in D, Hob. IV:6 (arr. from Il mondo della luna)
Thomsen, Rowland, Fodoreanu

W.A. Mozart (1756–1791):
Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525 for Strings 
Mitchell, Rowland, Riebl, Pulkkinen, Simon

Kaija Saariaho (1952–):
Oi kuu for Bass Clarinet and Cello 
Sundqvist, Pulkkinen

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827):
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" 


Claude Debussy (1862–1918):
Cloches à travers les feuilles, L. 111/1 for Piano

Clair de lune (arr. for Violin and Piano by J. Heifetz)
V. Szigeti, Zahharenkova

La sérénade interrompue, L. 117/9 for Piano

Kaija Saariaho:
Serenatas for Piano, Cello and Percussion 
Lagerspetz, Cohen, Ferchen

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Serenade in D, Op. 25 for Flute, Violin and Viola 
Thomsen, Rowland, Riebl


Franz Schubert (1797–1828):
Piano Trio in E flat, D 897 "Notturno" 
Vähälä, Cohen, Zahharenkova

Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951):
Die Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 for String Sextet 
Meta4, Maijala, Gebert

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