One of Sibelius’s rarest works, the Melodrama from Svartsjukans nätter (Nights of Jealousy) will be performed in Porvoo, Finland, in June as part of Avanti!’s Summer Sounds music festival.
This large-scale melodrama for soprano, piano trio and recitation, some 15 minutes long, was composed in 1893 to mark the birthday of the poet J.L. Runeberg, whose words it sets. The poem tells of a dream in which the poet is blissfully reunited with a former lover, but from which he wakes abruptly just when his happiness seems complete. Sibelius re-used some of its thematic material in the well-known fifth and sixth Impromptus for piano.
The performers include some of Finland’s most distinguished and high-profile musicians, among them Anu Komsi and Sakari Oramo.
June 30 June 2018 at 6 pm, Avanti! Hall (Art Factory, Porvoo, Finland) ‘O dröm’ Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K 581 Sibelius: Melodram ur Svartsjukans nätter, JS 125 Heinz-Juhani Hoffmann: Four Songs to texts by Jussi Kylätasku (world première)
Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 2 Anu Komsi, soprano · Frank Skog, narrator Kari Kriikku, basset clarinet · Eero Manninen, piano Sakari Oramo, violin · Jukka Rautasalo, cello
Avanti!’s music festival Summer Sounds has been held since 1986 in Porvoo and Pernaja.
Congratulations to two of Finland’s foremost conductors (and most distinguished Sibelius interpreters), who have been appointed to prestigious new positions.
Sakari Oramo, principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and West Coast Kokkola Opera, has been appointed Professor of Orchestral Training and Orchestral Conducting at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki for the five-year period (2020–24). He succeeds Atso Almila, who will retire when his term expires in 2019. Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of the Sibelius Academy, remarks: ‘We are privileged to have someone like Sakari take over this distinguished professorship.’ For further information click here.
Osmo Vänskä has been appointed as the honorary conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He has been the orchestra’s principal guest conductor since 2014, and from 1993 to 1996 was its chief conductor. Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, executive director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, commented: ‘It is a true honour for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and a recognition of the work we do that Osmo Vänskä has accepted the title as our Honorary Conductor… He is, without a doubt, one of the most important conductors this orchestra works with. We certainly look forward to making music with Osmo in the future.’ For further information click here.
The concert series includes a performance on 6 December to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence, featuring the first UK performance of the complete Press Celebrations Music (including Finland Awakes, the original version of Finlandia).
Sakari Oramo has been principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and has recorded a complete Sibelius cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Erato/Warner Classics).
27 October 2017 / 19:30 Schmitt Symphony No 2 Franck Symphonic Variations Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano) Sibelius Symphony No. 3 Click here for prices & information
29 November 2017 / 19:30 Sibelius Symphony No. 6 Anders Hillborg Violin Concerto No. 2 (UK première) (Lisa Batiashvili violin) Sibelius Symphony No. 4 Click here for prices & information
6 December 2017 / 19:30 Finland Awakes! – Celebrating Finnish Independence Day Sibelius Press Celebrations Music (UK première) Sibelius Cantique and Devotion (Guy Johnston cello) Sibelius Symphony No. 1 Click here for prices & information
6 January 2018 / 19:30 Sibelius Symphony No. 7 Sibelius Luonnotar (Anu Komsi soprano) Aarre Merikanto Ekho (UK première) Sibelius Symphony No. 2 Click here for prices & information