Thu, April 29 2021,
Online from The House of the Blackheads
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Age Juurikas – piano
Riivo Kallasmaa – oboe
Andres Kaljuste – viola
Conductor Andres KaljusteOpen chat
Anna-Margret Noorhani (*1999) – 5h du matin for solo viola (2020, premiere)
performed by Andres Kaljuste
Märt-Matis Lill (*1975) – Raudi, raudi for oboe and chamber orchestra (2020, premiere)
soloist Riivo Kallasmaa
Riho Esko Maimets (*1988) – Two Pieces for strings (2020, premiere)
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (*1977) – Blow Your House Down, concerto for piano and chamber orchestra (2020, premiere)
soloist Age Juurikas
5h du matin (2020, premiere) for solo viola was inspired by the woods on Couspeau Mountain in Southern France, where I once escaped from Estonia. I tried to remember this idyllic early morning when nature was enjoying its last moments of rest from human activity and the woods looked as if they came to life with the sunrise. (Anna-Margret Noorhani)
Raudi, raudi (Cry, Cry, 2020, premiere) is based on a Latvian folk song that tells the story of a distraught young man whose marriage proposal is rejected by a girl who prefers to marry another man and “not a servant”. I have structured my piece so that the musical material gradually evolves into a more recognizable folk tune and finally flows into the polyphonic repetitions of the tune. (Märt-Matis Lill).
Two Pieces for strings (2020, premiere) The title “Two Pieces” alludes to the music itself without needing to put it into words. (Riho Esko Maimets)
Blow Your House Down (2020, premiere). We build walls to protect ourselves from the outside world, from getting hurt. There is so much around us that hurts too much to care – forests are destroyed, our culture and education are becoming increasingly superficial and alienated from reality, life (forms) are vanishing from among us. All this is also tearing at our internal landscape so that we often have no more strength to care. Thus, this house inside us gradually becomes air and sound tight fortress. I feel that it is important to face reality, no matter how terrifying it is, being the wolf who blows the house down and, at the same time, the piglet who becomes vulnerable. (Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes)
Without consideration, without
pity, without shame
they have built great and high
walls around me.
And now I sit here and
I think of nothing else: this
fate gnaws at my mind;
for I had many things to do
Ah why did I not pay attention
when they were building the walls.
But I never heard any noise or
sound of builders.
Imperceptibly they shut me
from the outside world.
(Text: Constantine Cavafy)
The Estonian Music Days introduces one of the top collectives in Estonia – the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by a remarkably diverse musician – conductor, violinist and viola player Andres Kaljuste. The new concert pieces have been composed by Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and Märt-Matis Lill, and will be performed by young yet already established soloists – pianist Age Juurikas and oboist Riivo Kallasmaa. The author of the brand new piece for string orchestra is the young Canadian-born but internationally active composer Riho Esko Maimets. Andres Kaljuste will perform Anna-Margret Noorhani’s solo piece for viola.
The pieces were composed for last year’s Estonian Music Days, but due to the extraordinary situation, they will premiere this year.
Live broadcast by EMP TV & Klassikaraadio.