Concept: © Hebo

touring 1–10 January 2018

Telemann: Ouverture burlesque in B flat major (TWV 55:B8),
Cantate oder Trauer-Music eines kunsterfahrenen Canarien-Vogels (TWV 20:37)

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D major (BWV 1054),
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51)

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
1 tr, 1 fg, strings 44221, 1 org
18 performers

Carolyn Sampson & HeBO

touring 20–25 April 2018

Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 violone
7 performers

Kleine Besetzung, maximaler Groove: Die fünf Streicher vom Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, dessen Cembalo spielender Leiter Aapo Häkkinen und der französische Meistercembalist Pierre Hantaï brachten eine überschäumende Energie in die Aula der Göttinger Universität. Mit Präzision, enormer Spielfreude, aber auch ausgefeilter Delikatesse musizierte die aufeinander eingeschworene Gemeinschaft. Und optisch prägnant waren die jungen Finnen überdies: Ein elfenhaftes Wesen umschmeichelte das Cello, während ein mit Piratentuch und Lederhose aufgemachter Bratschist grimmig dreinblickte.
-Georg Pepl, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

A recording of the complete concertos for two harpsichords by J.S. Bach (BWV 1060–1062) has been released by AEOLUS in 2017. They can be combined with other works by the Bach family such as the concertos for three and four harpsichords – to be released in 2019.

Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen

touring 20–30 July 2018

Bach, Locatelli, Vivaldi

dir. Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin
strings 33221, 1 cemb
13 performers

The violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky gyrated like a rock guitarist during his gorgeous rendition of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor, his effortless virtuosity … and his soulful, aching rendition of the Adagio holding the audience spellbound.
-Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

Dmitry Sinkovsky & HeBO

touring Nov–Dec 2018

Bach, Handel, Pergolesi

María Espada, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
strings 44221
15 performers

touring 2018

Koželuch: Gustav Wasa

modern premiere, semi-staged
Martina Janková, Helena Juntunen, Mario Zeffiri, Monica Groop, Cornelius Uhle, Niall Chorell, Tuuli Lindeberg
dir. Aapo Häkkinen

Live from Musiikkitalo (Helsinki Music Centre) 10 March 2018

touring 2019

Monteverdi – Love and War

Hana Blažíková, soprano
Topi Lehtipuu, tenor
15 performers (singers, instrumentalists, dancers)

Tero Saarinen Company

Young Handel in Italy

Julia Lezhneva, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
2 oboes, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, strings 54321, 1 organ, 1 harpsichord
23 performers

A singer who rivals the young Bartoli in high-octane virtuosity.
-Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

International media have described the 26-year-old Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva as among ‘few young singers being widely celebrated so early in their careers’ (Independent) and as possessing the voice of ‘angelic beauty’ (New York Times), ‘pure tone’ (Die Welt) and ‘flawless technique’ (The Guardian) while Norman Lebrecht outlined her as ‘heading for the stratosphere’.

Julia Lezhneva & HeBO

Mare Nostrum – Musica Baltica & Mediterranea

Buxtehude, Geist, Meder, Schmelzer, Cazzati, Monteverdi, Victoria

Hana Blažíková, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
2 violins, 1 viola da gamba, 1 dulcian, 1 lute, 1 harpsichord/organ
7 performers

Monday saw the appearance of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and a programme of music from the late 17th century Düben Collection in Uppsala, including works by Förster, Buxtehude, Ritter, Geist and Meder. This was an extremely impressive concert, with excellent playing and singing and a very well thought out and presented programme.
-Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review

Hansa towns around the Baltic Sea (such as Bremen, Danzig, Stockholm, and Riga) saw an unprecedented flourish of both sacred and secular music in the late 17th century, at a time when other arts had greatly declined. Music was the only art supported by Lutheranism to express the kind of religious fervour found in the Roman Catholic Church. The music of Dietrich Buxtehude’s contemporaries Christian Geist, Kaspar Förster, Christian Ritter, and Johann Valentin Meder remains mostly unpublished. Their music presents a fascinating fusion of Italian vocal style with the mature Germanic instrumental stylus phantasticus. Darkness and light alternate in a magically Nordic manner.

Schmelzer: Sonata VII (1662)

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