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touring 7–11 April & 5–10 May 2020

Bach, Vivaldi, Pergolesi

Liliya Gaysina, soprano
dir. Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin & countertenor
strings 54321, 1 lute, 1 harpsichord/organ
18 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 2020–21

Hasse: Irene – modern premiere (first performed at Dresden Hofoper in 1738, with Faustina Bordoni in the title role)

Julia Lezhneva, Max Emanuel Cenčić, Dara Savinova, Bruno de Sá, David DQ Lee
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
1 flute, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings 54321, 1 bassoon, 1 lute, 2 harpsichords
28 performers

Julia Lezhneva & HeBO

Beethoven: Egmont, complete incidental music

Elisabeth Breuer, soprano
Robert Hunger-Bühler, recitation
dir. Aapo Häkkinen

touring 2020–21

Schumann: Genoveva

Carolyn Sampson, Andrew Staples, Johannes Weisser, Vesselina Kasarova, Felix Speer, Cornelius Uhle
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
110 performers

Schumann’s only opera is heard for the first time on 19th century period instruments. Visual dramatization by Kristiina Helin seeks to capture and enhance the spirit of Schumann’s vision of a truly epic opera actually impossible for traditional staging. Using sophisticated lights and video technology, in addition to carefully conducted slow-motion ‘moving portrait’ technique of the vocal forces, the performance creates an ineffable multi-arts experience hard to describe in traditional terminology. The mirror in which one beholds one’s own self, past and present, that is at the centre of Schumann’s unique concept, becomes an ageless moral force of terrifying transformative power.

touring December 2020 & November 2021

Paradise Lost

Buxtehude, Geist, Monteverdi, Victoria …

Hana Blažíková, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
10 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

Music from North and South, an opulent programme reflecting vanity, guilt, humankind’s past and future. Music was the only art supported by Lutheranism to express the kind of religious fervour found in the Roman Catholic Church. Darkness and light alternate in a magically Nordic manner.

Schmelzer: Sonata VII (1662)

touring 8–17 March 2021

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (1721)

dir. Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin
25 performers

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

The recording of complete concertos for two harpsichords by J.S. Bach (BWV 1060–1062) received a Diapason d’or de l’année in 2018. They can be combined with other works by the Bach family such as the concertos for three and four harpsichords – to be released in 2020.

Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen

Monteverdi – Third Practice

Núria Rial, soprano
Topi Lehtipuu, tenor
Tero Saarinen Company
14 performers (singers, instrumentalists, dancers)

Young Handel in Italy

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

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

International media have described the 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

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

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