A joint project of ERP and the city of Tartu
The festival Glasperlenspiel (‘The Glass Bead Game’) directed by Peeter Vähi has got its inspiration from the novel by Hermann Hesse. It is certainly a very special musical event in Estonian summer where music lovers can enjoy performers like Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Piotr Anderszewski, Olli Mustonen, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, etc, as well as the leading musicians of Estonia.
● Thu, July 21st at 7 pm Tartu St John’s Church (Jaani Str 5)
à la mozart: vol I
Irina Zahharenkova (harpsichord, piano), conductor Risto Joost
Mozart, Kõrvits (première), Vähi
Live broadcasting and recording by Estonian Classic Radio for European Broadcasting Union
Tallinn Sinfonietta was established with the aim of performing symphonic repertoire written primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries and focusing on music from the classical and romantic periods. The orchestra’s debut concert was titled Mozart and his symphonies; with this concert series the orchestra strives to perform all the symphonies of W A Mozart. Tallinn Sinfonietta consists of young professional musicians who pursue active careers as soloists and chamber musicians, performing in Estonia as well as abroad.
Irina Zahharenkova was born 23.02.76 in Kaliningrad, Russia. Have given recitals and performed with orchestras in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, etc. Also acting as harpsichord and fortepiano (Hammerklavier) soloist as well as continuo-player in various orchestras and Baroque ensembles.
Awards from competitions: 2003 – II prize and special prize for interpretation of M K Čiurlionis’ works in M K Čiurlionis International Piano Competition, Lithuania; 2004 – I prize, audience prize and special prize for interpretation of compulsory contemporary piece in “Premio Jaén” International Piano Competition, Spain; 2004 – III prize in “Festival van Vlaanderen” International Pianoforte Competition, Belgium; 2005 – II prize, special prize for interpretation of French music and special prize for interpretation of contemporary music in Epinal International Piano Competition, France; 2005 – III prize and special prize for interpretation of compulsory contemporary piece in “Prague Spring” International Harpsichord Competition, Czech Republic; 2005 – I prize and special prize for interpretation of G Enescu’s Sonata in G Enescu International Piano Competition, Romania; 2005 – III prize in Geneva International Piano Competition in Switzerland; 2006 – I prize, special prize for interpretation of Mozart’s sonata and special prize for interpretation of A Casagrande’s works in Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Italy; 2006 – I prize and audience prize in J S Bach International Piano Competition, Leipzig, Germany; 2006 – IV prize in Villa-Lobos International Piano Competition, Brazil; 2007 – Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Winner.
Tõnu Kõrvits was born in 1969 in Tallinn, Estonia. After completing his studies at the Estonian Academy of Music with Raimo Kangro in 1994, he engaged in postgraduate studies with Prof Jaan Rääts from 1994–98.
The early works of Tõnu Kõrvits appear quite simple, tonal, and perhaps most noticeably influenced by Post-Romantic orchestral composers. Over the ensuing years, a discernible change of style has occurred: an enriched palette of tonal colours, a consistent use of contemporary composing techniques, a continuous striving for the sublime. Now, the music of Tõnu Kõrvits is characterized in general by fine-hued orchestral textures, dramatic representation, vivacity and passion.
In addition to writing contemporary compositions in the classical idiom, Tõnu Kõrvits is known as an accomplished arranger of popular music; he was a nominee for the Estonian Music Award ‘98 in the Best Arranger category. He has composed soundtracks for several animation films.
His works are published by Antes Edition and Eres Edition in Germany, by Warner Chappell in Finland, and by ERP in Estonia.
At present Tõnu Kõrvits gives lectures about instrumentation and orchestration at the Estonian Academy of Music.
In his recent works Tõnu Kõrvits often turns to Early Music and its forms (Chaconne, La Folia, Passacaglia et al). According to the composer himself, Teardrop-Fantasy is inspired by John Dowland’s music: “I have used not direct quotations, but rather, reflections – harmonic, melodic and rhythmic. Many works by Dowland have been based on a dance and thus, under Teardrop-Fantasy the rhythm of pavane is ticking away, though slightly shifted and at times, hidden and “inaudible”. As Dowland’s music often dwells on the theme of sorrow and tears, the new work was titled Teardrop-Fantasy. The music by the English Renaissance composer John Dowland (1563–1626), his melancholy songs especially, have inspired composers from different eras (Jan Sweelinck, Thomas Morley, Benjamin Britten, Toivo Tulev et al). Also, Sting’s last CD The Songs from the Labyrinth are homage to the great composer. Dowland’s Flow, My Tears was one of the basic themes for improvisation in the 17th century.”
Concerto piccolo for harpsichord and chamber orchestra was composed in 1975 when Peeter Vähi was just a sophomore at the Estonian Academy of Music. This was the future composer’s first orchestral piece and his own comment is: “By the middle of the 70s I had developed a strong dislike towards avant-garde and ultra-modern music that was totally prevailing in composition at that time. I decided to experiment with stylizations of Baroque and classical. My teacher Prof Tamberg was at a loss, also my fellow students considered this kind of quest odd – this is not contemporary music, it is totally out-dated. Already the choice of the solo instrument… I was hesitant myself. When, a couple of years later, I heard the first works by Arvo Pärt in his tintinnabuli style, I got further encouragement. Today, looking back at my “school work” from 35 years ago, I see a milestone denoting a breakpoint in my aesthetic concept. In that respect Concerto piccolo is much more important for me than many other more mature and more skilfully written works of later period.”
● Thu, July 21st at 10 pm Tartu St John’s Church
from ancient times
NATIONAAL JEUGD FANFARE ORKEST (Holland), Karolis Kaljuste (soprano), Kim Hoogvliet (sopr sax), conductor Danny Oosterman
Bird, Bull, Goffin, Goorhuis, Houben
Nationaal Jeugd Fanfare Orkest
● Fri, July 22nd at 7 pm Tartu St John’s Church
gusli: through the centuries
Duo OLGA SHISHKINA – ALEKSANDER KISKACHI (gusli / flute, Finland / St Petersburg)
Handel, von Biron, Gurilev, Khandoshkin, Trutovski, Kiskachi, Yocoh, Russian folk music
Ольга Шишкина (Olga Shishkina, b 1985 in Leningrad) is a prominent internationally active gusli artist. She studied gusli at St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, in the meantime doing secondary studies in piano, organ and orchestral conducting. In 2008 she graduated from there with the highest honors diploma. In the same year she started her Master’s degree studies in Finnish concert-kantele at Sibelius Academy. Since 2008 Olga has been living and working in Helsinki. At the age of 16 she was awarded 2nd prize at the prestigious 6th All-Russian Competition for professional folk instruments artists becoming the youngest prize-winner in the competition’s history. Olga is also the multiple laureate of the International Andreev Competition for young folk instruments players (1996, 1998, 2000, St Petersburg). During her musical career she has been awarded many grants, for example, the special grant from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the scholarship from the New Names Foundation directed by Vladimir Spivakov. In 2001 she was awarded the title Hope of Russia and also got the award from The Worldwide Club of Petersburgers. Apart from performing in Finland and Russia, Olga has given concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician in the USA, the UK, Sweden, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. She has been playing with the most prestigious Russian folk instruments orchestras such as, for example, Osipov National Academic Orchestra, The State Russian Orchestra of St Petersburg and Smolensk Russian Folk Orchestra. Olga is also the first gusli artist who started to use gusli actively as a solo instrument with a symphony orchestra. She has played with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Cappella Symphony Orchestra and others. Olga participated in Mariinsky Theatre settings, having played a gusli part in the Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (conducted by Valery Gergiev). In autumn 2008 she appeared in Finnish première of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera Enchanted Wanderer with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra where she played chromatic gusli. She invented many new playing techniques for gusli and explored it’s rich timbral opportunities.
A Shirokov, Variations on a Russian Theme, Olga Shishkina, gusli, fragm, 95 sec, mp3
● Fri, July 22nd at 10 pm Tartu St John’s Church
zither + harp + guitar = ?
Wilfried Scharf, Sabine Kraus, Roswitha Steindl (Austria)
Bach, Händel, Mozart, Schubert, Boccherini, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Rodrigo, Hachaturyan, folk music
● Sat, July 23rd at 7 pm Tartu St John’s Church
pearls à la mustonen
Chang Yu-Fen (piano, Taiwan), conductor Andres Mustonen
Penderecki, (Сильвестров) Silvestrov, Knaifel, Pärt, (Уствольска) Ustvolskaya, 谭盾 (Tan Dun)
Andres Mustonen’s (b 1953) discovery of music has followed a very unusual path. His adolescent fascination with contemporary music made an about-face in the early 1970s towards early and Christian music. In 1972 it led to founding the early music consort Hortus Musicus, which gives vital performances even today. Since the founding of the ensemble, Hortus Musicus and Andres Mustonen have been performing constantly on the world’s concert stages and at music festivals: the Utrecht Festival, the Malmö Baroque, concerts in Prague, St Petersburg and Moscow, performances at the Mozart-Fest in Chemnitz, the Jaffa Festival in Israel, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London, the Scottish Early Music Festival in Glasgow, the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Glasperlenspiel Festival.
In these years Andres Mustonen and Hortus Musicus have succeeded in storing their work on ca 30 records.
Andres Mustonen is partly a solo violinist, but mostly a conductor, whereas the latter post has been developed via a career of a performing artist and musician. Mustonen conducts the leading orchestras of Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia and Lithuania, the Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Russian National Academic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musica Viva Academic Chamber Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunken, the Helsinki City Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc.
Mustonen is in close creative contact with many composers – გია ყანჩელი (Giya Kancheli), Владимир Мартынов (Vladimir Martynov), Ավետ Տերտերյան(Avet Terterian), Валентин Сильвестров (Valentin Silvestrov), Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peeter Vähi, Arvo Pärt – also giving premières of their new works.
Making music, Mustonen can be characterised by spontaneity, improvisation and radiant performance. “For me an orchestra is not a static form but a living organisation of musicians, one whose members enhance and affect each other.” In time, Andres Mustonen has developed a wide circle of musician friends with whom he makes music: Natalia Gutman, Aleksei Ljubimov, Michel Lethiec, Inesa Galante, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Pascal Gallois, Seppo Kimanen. “I never share the stage with someone I don’t know, don’t consider my friend, or don’t love.”
● Sun, July 24th at 7 pm Tartu St John’s Church
à la mozart: vol II
Stéphane Réty (flute, France), musicologist Toomas Siitan, conductor Risto Joost
Mozart: symphonies and flute concerto
Conductor and singer Risto Joost (b 1980) studied singing as well as choral and orchestral conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In spring 2008 Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm majoring in orchestral conducting with Prof Jorma Panula.
In 1999 Risto Joost founded the chamber choir Voces Musicales, in 2002, an instrumental Ensemble Voces Musicales was established. Since September 2006 Risto Joost is the principal conductor of the Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra, and since 2008 also of the Tallinn Sinfonietta founded by him. Since autumn 2009 Risto Joost holds the position of chorus director and orchestra conductor at the Estonian National Opera.
In 2004 Risto Joost won the 1st prize in the 4th Competition for Young Estonian Choral Conductors in Tallinn. He has conducted the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Corelli Baroque Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as well as the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Male Choir RAM, Swedish Radio Choir, State Choir Latvija, Ars Nova Copenhagen. Since year 2000 Risto Joost has regularly participated in the Estonian Music Days and Nyyd Festival, conducting approximately 50 première performances commissioned from various composers.
In 2997 he made his debut in the Estonian National Opera conducting Erkki-Sven Tüür’s opera Wallenberg. Since 2010 he is the chief conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir.
● Sun, July 24th at 22 Festival Club / Ülikooli Kohvik
à la mozart: vol III
Kädy Plaas (soprano), musicologist Toomas Siitan, conductor Risto Joost
Mozart: symphonies and concert arias
Kädy Plaas graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2007 with a BA in opera singing. She is currently obtaining her Master’s degree at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in the singing class of Assist Prof Nadja Kurem. In 2006/2007 she was an exchange student at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre in the singing class of Ingrid Kremling. She has participated in the masterclasses of C Sadolin, I Kremling, and S Ghazarian.
In 2002–2004 Kädy Plaas was a singer of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Since autumn 2004 she is a soloist of the project theatre Nargen Opera, where she has performed in Haydn’s operas L’isola disabitata (Silvya), Il mondo della luna (Flaminia), Armida (Zelmira) and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Marzelline). Kädy Plaas has also soloed in several oratorical works, such as Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, Harmoniemesse and Die Schöpfung, Mozart’s Requiem, passion cantata Grabmusik, oratorio Davide penidente, Salieri’s Requiem, Händel’s oratorios Messiah and Joshua, Charpentier’s De Deum, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Since 2003 she has participated in the Haapsalu Early Music Festival, performing solos in Händel’s psalm cantata Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Cantatas Nos 31 and 21, Magnificat and Easter Oratorium. In addition, Kädy Plaas has participated in the premières of several contemporary works, such as Tulev’s Flute Concerto (vocal part) and Live, alas this tormenting for soprano and percussion, Songs for orchestra, choir and soloists, Tulve’s Silences / larmes for oboe and soprano, Kõrvits’ chamber operas My Swans, My Thoughts (“Mu luiged, mu mõtted”) and Firegarden (“Tuleaed“), Bryars’ To Define Happiness (world première). In 2007–2008 Kädy Plaas made her debut at the Vanemuine Theatre as Pamina in Mozart’s Zauberflöte and at the Hamburg Staatsoper as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen as well as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In 2009 brought the titlerole in Massenet’s Manon in Vanemuine Theatre and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Estonian National Opera. She was awarded the Annual Music Award 2007 by Estonian Cultural Endowment.
● Mon, July 25th at 7 pm Tartu St John’s Church
from the time of king augustus
Stéphane Réty (flute, France) & Irina Zahharenkova (harpsichord, Estonia / Finland)
Music from the Court of Dresden
Mikhail Krylov (bayan-accordion), Kirill Evseev (balalaika), Anna Shatilova (alto domra), Darya Nefedova (bass-balalaika), Ksenia Kvochko (bayan-accordion).
ESSE-Quintet is a bright modern ensemble, playing on folk instruments. The ensemble was created in 2007 by the students of the St Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts and Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. All the members of the ensemble are very charming, artistic and are masterly musicians. On their technically and timbre wise unique instruments, they have control over; works written in the genres of folk and classical music, in all their rich variety of styles and songs, as well as the compositions made in a currently popular style “classical crossover”, where complex musical image is created using intonations of different genres and styles.
Legendary Tomas Broman, one of the founders of the international organization called WOMAD and the artistic director of more than 175 festivals, held in 27 countries of the world, said regarding the performance of the ensemble at the Terem Crossover competition: “ESSE-Quintet from St Petersburg are great. … these young people are fantastic musicians and deploy the by now familiar folk instrument line-up of balalaika, accordion and lute in a dazzling and witty performance…. But this lot would be a triumph at any UK festival”.
In a short period of time the ensemble has become the winner and holder of grand prix at 6 international competitions, held in Russia, Italy, Sweden and France. Currently it is the most titled ensemble of the Northern capital of Russia.
Versatility of the program, amazing musical arrangements; creating the impression of the sound of a real orchestra; imagery performance and soulful solo are the characteristic signs of this ensemble.
The ensemble maintains active concert activity in Russia and Europe.
● Dec 10th at 6 pm Dome Church, Haapsalu
● Dec 11th at 5 pm St John’s Church, Tallinn
Festivals Glasperlenspiel and St Petersburg Palaces present:
OLGA TRIFONOVA (soprano, Mariinski Theatre), KHACHATUR BADALYAN (tenor, Moscow Novaya Opera) & SANKT PETERBURG TRIO (Maria Safaryants, violin, Sergei Slovachevsky, cello, Sergei Uryvayev, piano)
Program: Romances by Glinka, opera arias by Rimsky-Korsakov, Trio by Tchaikovsky
● Dec 21st at 8 pm, St John’s Church (Jaani Street 5, Tartu)
Heldur Harry Põlda (boy-soprano), Imbi Tarum (harpsichord), Tallinn Sinfonietta, principal violinist Elar Kuiv
Program: Gluck, Caccini, Bach-Gounod, Bach-Vivaldi, Fauré, Chopin, Schubert, Franck, Adam, Bach…
Heldur Harry Põlda (b 1996, in Kuressaare) is a young musician studying violin and conducting at the Tallinn Music High School. His popularity, however, derives mainly from his angelically beautiful soprano which consequently has given name to the current CD Cantus Angelicus. His teachers are Zoja Hertz (singing), Prof Mari Tampere-Bezrodny (violin) and Hirvo Surva (conducting).
Heldur Harry sings in the boys’ choir of the Estonian National Opera and has regularly performed as soloist in various big musical projects. Having had his debut on the opera stage at the age of 8, he has by today gathered an awe-inspiring list of opera and musical roles – Miles (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), Amor (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), Nuki (children’s musical Pipi! Nuki! Puhh!), Erik (Maury Yeston’s musical Phantom) and Arno (Anti Marguste’s mono-opera Monologues) – as well as of oratorial works like Lera Auerbach’s Russian Requiem, Roxanna Panufnik’s Westminster Mass, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No 1. In 2008, he was awarded the Annual Prize of the Estonian Culture Endowment for his role in The Turn of the Screw, being the youngest musician ever to receive such award. He has also been awarded the Co-operation Prize by the Estonian Choral Society (2010).
Heldur Harry Põlda has performed with a number of choirs and orchestras in various countries like the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Sweden et al. as well as collaborated with many renowned musicians. The audience of the 25th All-Estonian Song Festival remembers him as soloist with united choirs. In July 2011, Heldur Harry performed Arvo Pärt’s work Vater unser, accompanied on the piano by the composer himself, in Vatican at the festivities Homage of Artists celebrating the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedictus XVI as priest.
In autumn 2010, ERP released CD Terra Mariana featuring Heldur Harry and handbell ensemble Arsis, and in 2011, CD single Vater unser.
Peeter Vähi – artistic director
Risto Joost – artistic advisor
Tiina Jokinen – executive director
Kadri Kiis – producer, accountant
Kaia Lattikas – management of Tallinn Sinfonietta
Anu Jaanson – assistant producer, manager
Inna Kivi – musicologist, booklet
Olavi Sööt – logistics
Tanel Klesment – sound engineer
Ahto Sooaru, Reno Hekkonens – marketing
Download: festival poster (pdf, 602 KB)
Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Toyota Baltic AS, Estonian Defence Forces, Radio Elmar, Heino Eller Tartu Music School, Theatre Vanemuine, Vanemuine Concert Hall, Kaupo Kiis, Dorpat Conference Centre, Austrian Embassy in Estonia, Estonian Wind Music Society, Jüri Sasi, Katriin Fisch-Uibopuu, Kadri Leivategija, Kulvo Tamra, Toomas Peterson
See also: Glasperlenspiel-festivals; Glasperlenspiel on Facebook, Glasperlenspiel 2014, Glasperlenspiel 2013, Glasperlenspiel 2012; Glasperlenspiel 2010; Glasperlenspiel 2009; Glasperlenspiel 2008; Glasperlenspiel 2007; Glasperlenspiel 2006; Glasperlenspiel 2005; Archives: Glasperlenspiel 2003 and 2004
video-clip Glasperlenspiel 2011
Next festival: July 19th – 24th, 2012
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