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Saariaho and Sibelius

  • 19. Jan » 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa 2.500 - 7.200 kr.
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Kaija Saariaho is one of Finland's most admired contemporary composers and has received numerous awards for her work. Her music is permeated by a sense of mystery and subtlety, and she has been called a “magician in sound”. She composed her Clarinet Concerto for fellow Finn Kari Kriikku in 2010, inspired by a series of mediaeval tapestries entitled “The Lady and the Unicorn”, depicting the five senses. Gramophone magazine called the concerto “enchanting”, and Kriikku's performance of the stunning solo part has garnered worldwide admiration. 

Tchaikovsky's sixth and last symphony is his swan song to life: he died nine days after conducting the premiere in St Petersburg. During rehearsals, he is reported to have said: “I can honestly say that never in my life have I been so pleased with myself, so proud, or felt so fortunate to have created something as good as this.”

The concert is part of international celebration of the centenary of Finland's independence in 2017.