● Glasperlenspiel Music Festival: nexts events in Tartu, July 9th − 14th
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 9th at 7 pm, St John’s church: SILENT PRAYER
Clément Himbert, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Andres Mustonen
● Fri, July 10th at 6 pm, St John’s church: DOUBLE CONCERT
Kamer, Jānis Liepiņš
Mari-Liis Uibo, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Collegium Musicale, Andres Mustonen
● Fri, July 10th at 9 pm, the ruins of Dome church: MICROCOSM
● Sat, July 11th at 7 pm, St John’s church: VIVALDI SENZA BASSO
● Sun, July 12th at 7 pm, St John’s church: CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL CONTRA JOHANN SEBASTIAN
Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Mindaugas Bačkus
● Mon, July 13th at 7 pm, Tartu St John’s church: LA FLUTE À TRAVERS LE VIOLON
Quartet Parrino – Parrino – Bezrodny – Tarum
● Mon, July 13th at 10 pm, Tartu St John’s church: ALBERT SCHWEITZER
Andres Uibo, Aare Tammesalu
● Tue, July 14th at 12.15 pm St John’s church: SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE
Aivar Täpsi (crystal singing bowls) (free entrance)
● Tue, July 14th at 7 pm, Tartu St John’s church
PHILIPS SYMFONIE ORKEST, Neeme Järvi
● Thu, July 9th at 7 pm, Tartu St John’s church (Jaani Str 5)
Clément Himbert (saxophone, France), Ka Bo Chan (counter-tenor, Hong Kong), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen
Kancheli, Glazunov, Vähi, Uusberg (première), Mortazavi
It has become a tradition that the summer festival Glasperlenspiel is opened by sinfonietta named after the festival. This year’s opening concert will be given extra colours by a French saxophonist Clément Himbert and an Iranian composer Reza Mortazavi, also attending a performance of his work. Certainly, one of the highlights is the première of Pärt Uusberg’s work commissioned by the festival. The focal point is Giya Kancheli’s Silent Prayer dedicated to the 60th birthday of Gidon Kremer and the 80th birthday of Mstislav Rostropovich.
Andres Mustonen (b 1953) 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, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Moscow Virtuosi, the Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Russian National Academic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, the Musica Viva Academic Chamber Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunken, the Helsinki City Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc. During many years, Andres Mustonen has worked together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, also with Estonian National Opera.
Mustonen has gone through and performed the music history both as a performer and a conductor. He transfers his musical experience of history to performances of classical, romantic and new music. This is but not the new music that infatuated young Mustonen in the early 1960s, when his interest lay in the avant-garde and the happening. It is the harmonic new music created by გია ყანჩელი (Giya Kancheli), Philip Glass, 武満 徹 (Takemitsu Tōru), Владимир Мартынов (Vladimir Martynov), Ավետ Տերտերյան (Avet Terterian), and Валентин Сильвестров (Valentin Silvestrov). Several composers have dedicated their work to him. Mustonen is in close creative contact with many Estonian composers − Arvo Pärt, Peeter Vähi and Galina Grigorieva − 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.”
Mustonen’s repertoire includes pieces of early music as well as of new music, which he often premières. He places a special significance on religious oratory masterpieces from Baroque to the modern day: Bach, Mozart, Bruckner, Penderecki, Tavener, Knaifel.
In time, Andres Mustonen has developed a wide circle of musician friends with whom he makes music: Natalia Gutman, Alexei Lubimov, Michel Lethiec, Inesa Galante, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Pascal Gallois, Seppo Kimanen, Jaakko Ryhänen, Maacha Deubner, Monica Groop, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri, Sergei Stadler, Oleg Kagan, Viktor Tretiakov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Monighetti, Eliso Virsaladze, and others.
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● Fri, July 10th at 6 pm, Tartu St John’s church
Kamēr (mixed choir, Latvia), conductor Jānis Liepiņš, Endrik Üksvärav (tenor, choirmaster), Mari-Liis Uibo (violin), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, chamber choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Andres Mustonen
Arrangements of Latvian folk songs, Adams, Plakidis, Vähi, Sperry, Hochman, Glowizcka, Herzog, Jackson, Vasks, Tan Dun, Uibo
Two choirs, two conductors, Glasperelenspiel Sinfonietta, the violininist… the music performed at this concert is listener-friendly and beautiful in the strictest sense of the word − be it arrangements of Latvian folk tunes or works by Tan Dun (a winner of Oscar, Grammy and BAFTA prizes).
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Mari-Liis Uibo completed the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the violin-class of Prof Gerhard Schulz in 2012 and continued in the Artist Diploma program with Prof Milan Vitek at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She earned the distinguished Artist Diploma in May 2014.
Mari-Liis has successfully participated in several national and international competitions. 2004 she was finalist and prize-winner at the 1st World Violin Competition in Trento / Italy. She has been awarded diplomas at several ESTA Competitions for Estonian Young String Players. She was winner of Danenberg Honors Recital in chamber music as well as in soloist category and finalist of the 25th Flame Competition in Paris.
Since 1998 Mari-Liis Uibo has often been invited to participate in numerous as international music festivals. She has given solo-performances with different orchestras like Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tver Philharmony chamber orchestra Russkaya Kamerata, the Moscow Virtuoses, Sinfonietta Riga and worked together with well-known conductors Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Spivakov, Andres Mustonen, Paul Mägi, Naoki Sugiyama, Timothy Weiss and Raphael Jiménez.
Mari-Liis has gained recognition in Scandinavia, Holland, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Malta, Russia, Canada and the USA. She is scholarship recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
In 2007 her first CD Bernsteinstraße together with organist Ulla Krigul was released in Vienna.
Avarus Ensemble: Kadri Voorand (vocal), Tarmo Johannes (flutes), Meelis Vind (clarinets), Virgo Sillamaa (guitar), Aleksandra Kremenetski (vibraphone, marimba, percussion), Kirke Karja (piano), Egert Leinsaar (violin), Johanna Randvere (cello), Mingo Rajandi (double bass), Haar Tammik (sound)
Avarus Ensemble exceeds the limits of a traditional chamber ensemble by its size, stylistic range as well as power. It is a crossover of its kind − the classical instruments are supplemented by elements from rock and jazz and a well-known jazz singer Kadri Voorand. Nevertheless, the result is all but tasteless or eclectic, quite the contrary − an individual and homogenous style is created. They will premier Mingo Rajandi’s “Microcosm” (lyrics by Ilmar Laaban) which is a sort of mantra or prayer where reality, irreality and dream world will meet. A “Mediaeval dimension” is added by the venue − the ruins of Dome church.
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Ensemble Baltic Baroque on period instruments: Maria Krestinskaya (baroque violin), Evegeny Sviridov (baroque violin), Sofia Maltizova (baroque cello), Imbi Tarum (harpsichord), Grigori Maltizov (artistic director)
Press releases about the Vivaldi interpretations by Baltic Baroque:
… very much enjoyed these interpretations. In particular Maria Krestinskaya and Evegeny Sviridov deliver high-spirited performances… (musica Dei donum, 2013)
Très belles versions jouées par l’ensemble Baroque de la Baltique… Merci de nous faire découvrir des musiciens talentueux, au son très chaleureux et à la musicalité raffinée. (Musique pour tous, 2013)
… Einspielung durch Baltic Baroque macht deutlich, dass diese Werke noch heute durchaus eine Herausforderung für professionelle Geiger sind. … so kommt der Zuhörer obendrein in den Genuss erstaunlich unterschiedlicher Klangfarben, bedingt durch die verschiedenen Instrumente. (Ouverture. Das Klassik-Blog, 2013)
… enjoyable and stylish performances… For complete-ists, this is a must, as well as for all Vivaldi sonata players. (Early Music Review, 2013)
Very strongly recommended for notes, performances, recorded sound, and the general interest all these create together; obligatory for Vivaldi specialists. (Fanfare)
Not only is this music worthwhile, the performances are also outstanding. The capriccio with variations from the Sonata /…/ is one of the highlights. … an exciting performance. (musica Dei donum, 2014)
Der Hörer darf sich auf anspruchsvolle Barockmusik freuen, von Baltic Baroque /…/ stilgerecht vorgetragen − und mit einer gehörigen Portion Spielfreude und Temperament. (Ouverture, 2013)
Les sonates sont jouées sur instruments d‘époque par différents violonistes qui apportent à chacune des timbres différents. Dans l’ensemble, on notera des archets vigoureux et habiles qui donnent à ces sonates méconnues un cachet presque folklorique. La sonorité ambiante est légèrement distante, sans trop de réverbération, ce qui amoindri l’acidité habituelle des violons anciens. Cela donne une certaine rondeur à l’acoustique, sans agressivité pour l’oreille. Au final, un disque vraiment agréable tant pour l’ouïe que pour l’esprit. Le Baltic Baroque est une belle découverte. (La Parnasse Musical, 2013)
… buoyant, sweetly sinewy, punchily detailed and perfectly matched… Yet four of these in a row might be a little too much, and it is a relief to the ear when Imbi Tarum’s harpsichord joins them, adding a touch of weight and depth to the sound. Thoroughly Vivaldian, in other words. (Gramophone, 2014)
… very seldom performed and recorded… It is delightful stuff and should appeal to violinists looking for something different. Any lover of the baroque violin and / or Vivaldi’s music should consider adding this disc to his collection, especially since the three artists come up with excellent interpretations. (musica Dei donum, 2014)
… phänomenal virtuosen Geigen, Maria Krestinskaya und Evgeny Sviridov, die ohnehin mit kräftiger Bogenführung, interessanten Phrasierungen und warm leuchtenden Farben alle Aufmerksamkeit auf sich ziehen. Das Spiel der beiden Solisten zeichnet sich ebenfalls durch eine sehr kontrastierende Timbrierung aus, was die Transparenz der Musik erhöht. (Pizzicato, 2014)
Sympho-Rave with “Kaera-Jaan” (in Estonian ‘Oats-John’) is probably not a standard repertoire for the Glasperlenspiel, but fits perfectly into the joint entertainment program with the Tartu Hanseatic Days. The Cuban DJ Nrike is internationally best known for his Latino music events, but this time at the Glasperlenspiel he will be challenging classics-symphonics, among whom one might encounter Beethoven, Vivaldi, Verdi and Ravel, and maybe even find a common language with Arvo Pärt and the rhythms of Cuba. Come and listen and enjoy the music or take a step further and dance Kaera-Jaan, and not only that…
● Sun, July 12th at 7 pm, Tartu St John’s church
CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL CONTRA JOHANN SEBASTIAN
Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), Linas Valickas (violin), Aidas Strimaitis (violin Mindaugas Bačkus (cello, artistic director)
Carl Philipp Emanuel contra Johann Sebastian − obviously the Bachs, the son and the father. Recently, the 300th anniversary of the junior and the 330th of the senior were celebrated. Though the age difference is not that great, less than 30 years, it marks the border of cultural epochs. Like in history we speak of the time Before and After Christ, music is regarded as before and after (J.S.) Bach. Though the father and the son were not on hostile terms, the word “contra” is musicologically more than justified.
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Johann Sebastian Bach, Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, artistic director Mindaugas Bačkus, fragm, 3 min 24 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
Ensemble U: Tarmo Johannes (flute), Helena Tuuling (clarinet), Merje Roomere (violin), Levi-Danel Mägila (cello), Vambola Krigul (percussion), Taavi Kerikmäe (piano)
Mauricio Kagel (1931−2008): Exotica for 6 singing instruments with 60 or more non-European instruments (1971−1972). Dedicated to the sisth sense.
Exotica was a commission for the 20th Olympic Games in Munich, 1972. The first performance took place under the direction of Mauricio Kagel, and the instrumentalists included such wellknown new music personalities as Vinko Globokar, Siegfried Palm, Christoph Caskel and Michel Portal. The six participants had to “manhandle” around 200 wind, string and percussion instruments unknown in Europe. Werner Klüppelholz’s program notes make the composer’s intention clear: he wanted to question “the dominance of Western music or culture” or “go back to the primeval origins of music-making, when singing was still at one with making sound out of simple, everyday objects”.
The same concert premieres a work by Märt-Matis Lill When the Stones Were Soft (comissioned by the Glasprlenspiel) enhanced by then participation of an actress Maria Peterson and a singer Laura Remmel as well as a video installation.
● Mon, July 13th at 7 pm, Tartu St John’s church
LA FLUTE À TRAVERS LE VIOLON
Quartet Stefano Parrino (flute, Italy) – Francesco Parrino (violin, Italy) – Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin) – Imbi Tarum (harpsichord)
Barbarossa, Campagnoli, Lourié, Rolla, Donatoni
As a “rule” the Glasperlenspiel festival tries to invite new performers every year, with only some exceptions. However, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny and Imbi Tarum being top-class musicians, are on our festival scene already for the third time. This time they will form a quartet with an Italian flute and violin duo Stefano & Francesco Parrino.
The program presents works for flute and violin(s) written in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st cent. As the titles of Lourié’s and Donatoni’s modernist compositions suggest (The Flute through the Violin and Edge), in sharing the same register, the two soprano instruments act as musical alter egos. Facing each other, they are engaged in a dialectics of identity, a competitive-collaborative relationship that also characterises the classical and romantic pieces by Campagnoli and Rolla, two forerunners of Paganini, as well as the contemporary work by Antonella Barbarossa.
Francesco Parrino began his musical activities at an early age − when the great guitarist Alirio Diaz recognized him as a “brilliant promise of the Italian art of violin playing” and encouraged him to pursue a musical career.
Francesco obtained the diplomas in violin at the Milan Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, Royal Academy of Music, London, and Royal Holloway College, University of London.
He has won awards in several national and international competitions. Both as a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in important concert halls in Austria, Chile, Colombia, the UK, France, Italy, Peru, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.
As a soloist, he collaborated with the orchestras of Aarad, Catanzaro, Kosice, the Turin Philharmonic, the Armonici and Stesichoros chamber orchestras. He premiered violin works by Marco Betta, Paolo Furlani and Ennio Morricone.
Francesco is also interested in musicological research. His main areas of research are 19th and 20th century Italian music, and the aesthetics and ideologies of musical performance. He has contributed papers to seminars and international conferences held by the Universities of Cambridge, London, Oxford and York as well as by the American Musicological Society, and has written articles for American, Austrian and Italian periodicals. He plays on 2 beautiful violins: a Gaetano Gadda, and a Giuseppe & Antonio Gagliano (ca 1790−1805) that he has been generously lent by the heirs of the great conductor Gino Marinuzzi. He owns 2 precious bows: a Benoit Rolland and a Eugène Sartory he was given by an anonymous admirer.
Stefano Parrino obtained diplomas from the most important European music schools (Milan, Geneva, London, Paris, and Lugano), with teachers like Peter-Lukas Graf, Maxence Larrieu, Patrick Gallois and William Bennett. Stefano dedicates himself to performing in concerts both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has performed in Europe, North and South America, and been praised by audiences and critics.
As a soloist, he has collaborated with the chamber orchestras Gli Armonici, Stesichoros and the Royal Academy of Music’s Symphonia Orchestra of London. As a soloist, he has also played live on Radio RSI with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana of Lugano, and on RAI (both radio and TV) with the Orchestra Sinfonica Arturo Toscanini. In St Petersburg he has performed Mercadante’s Concerto with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, while in Palermo he has played Khachaturian’s Concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. As a chamber musician, he is mainly active as a founding member of the Trio Albatros Ensemble, but has also collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Stephen Burns, Patrick Gallois, Peter-Lukas Graf, and Vladimir Mendelssohn.
He has given master classes in all of Europe, South and North America, both in the flute and in continuous respiration, a technique for which Stefano is an internationally recognised researcher and populariser.
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The world celebrates 140 years from Albert Schweitzer’s birth and 50 years from his death. A Nobel Prize Laureate, a humanitarian, a philosopher, a physician, a friend of Africans, an organist, the author of the most comprehensive study on Bach − seems like too much for one man… Andres Uibo performs Bach from Schweitzer’s repertoire. Fragments from Schweitzer’s recording of Bach from 1928 will add an extra dimension to the concert.
Andres Uibo is one of the most outstanding musicians whose activities have enriched the Estonian cultural landscape for many years.
Andres Uibo has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music under the direction of Prof Hugo Lepnurm and has received additional organ education from Lübeck University of Music in Germany under the guidance of Prof Hans Gebhard.
Since 1980, Andres Uibo had given more than 1000 solo concerts throughout Baltics, Europe, Russia, Israel and Japan.
As a composer, Andres Uibo has written works for choir, various instruments, organ and symphony orchestras. His compositions have been performed at prominent festivals and concerts throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and America.
Andres Uibo has been the organist of the St Nicholas Museum-Concert Hall starting year 1981, and a professor of organ music in the Estonian Academy of Music since 1994. On the period 1997−2009 Andres Uibo was working conjointly as a producer at the National Concert Agency Eesti Kontsert. Under his direction, a number of prestigious music festivals, such as Tallinn International Organ Festival starting year 1987, Suure-Jaani Music Festival since 1998, and also Tallinn J. S. Bach Music Festival since 2012. Under the leadership of Andres Uibo, a number of historic organs in Estonia have been restored and new ones built.
Andres Uibo has recorded over 30 records.
Andres Uibo diverse activities have won many different awards: the Estonian Cultural Foundation Award (1990), the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award (1995, 1999), White Star Medal (2001), the Estonian National Culture Prize (2006), the Estonian Music Council Award (2006) and Order of Merit from St John’s Church (2010).
● Tue, July 14th at 7 pm, Tartu St John’s church
PHILIPS SYMFONIE ORKEST (Holland, in co-operation with Järvi Academy)
Conductor Maestro Neeme Järvi and his student(s)
Van Oosten, Stravinski, Mahler
Philips Symfonie Orkest with their large staff will barely have enough space to perform at Tartu St John’s Church. The music of Stravinski’s Fire Bird and Mahler’s Symphony No 5 will fill the church space to the brim. Many orchestras and ensembles would give a lot to perform under the name and sponsorship of the world’s biggest electronics company, but the honor has been given to only one − the reason being their high artistic level.
The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.
Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. Last season he took up his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest Netherland Hague and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Highlights of an impressive discography include critically acclaimed complete symphony cycles of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Dvořak, Glazunov, Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén and Niels Gade, Franz Berwald, Johann Svendsen and Johann Halvorsen of Norway and composers from his native Estonia, including Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp and Eduard Tubin. Throughout his career he has recorded with Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and EMI amongst others.
Download festival booklet (in Estonian and English, 96 pages, PDF, 3.6 MB)
Peeter Vähi − artistic director
Taavet − artistic advisor
Tiina Jokinen − executive director
Kadri Kiis – producer, accountant
Kaia Lattikas – management of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta
Anu Jaanson – assistant producer, manager
Olavi Sööt – logistics
Johannes Vähi – website, logistics
Reno Hekkonens – marketing director
Andra Roosmets − marketing assistant
Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Toyota Baltic AS, Urmas Klaas, Juhani Jaeger, Kaupo Kiis, Kadri Leivategija, Tartu Heino Eller Music College
Next festival: July 7th −12th, 2016, Tartu
See also: Glasperlenspiel-festivals; Glasperlenspiel 2014, Glasperlenspiel 2013, Glasperlenspiel 2012, Glasperlenspiel 2011, Glasperlenspiel 2010, Glasperlenspiel 2009, Glasperlenspiel 2008, Glasperlenspiel 2007, Glasperlenspiel 2006, Glasperlenspiel 2005, Archives: Glasperlenspiel 2003 and 2004
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