The PianoEspoo festival celebrates its 30th birthday with two of its long-standing partners. The Tapiola Sinfonietta is a regular guest at the festival, and the Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra appeared at the very first festival in 1991.
Lamentate is the most extensive orchestral work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Often referred to as a spiritual minimalist, the composer describes this work as “a lament, but for the living rather than the dead”. Tchaikovsky drew inspiration from Ukrainian folk songs in his Second Symphony. Its traditional sub-title is ‘Little Russian’, a Russian reference to Ukraine that surely deserves to be updated.
The piano music of Einojuhani Rautavaara is a fondly regarded part of the Finnish piano repertoire. Pianists from the Espoo Music Institute perform movements from two of his piano suites, Ikonit [Icons] and Pelimannit [Fiddlers] during the interval.
Ville Matvejeff, conductor
Mirka Viitala, piano
Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra
Arvo Pärt: Lamentate
Pjotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 2 in C minor op. 17 ‘Ukrainian’