PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT 2024 IN ADDITION TO INDICATED TOURING DATES
Concept: © Hebo
touring 15–20 January 2024
Rebel: Les Elémens
Bach: Violin concerto in A minor
Handel: Water Music
dir. Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin
The violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky gyrated like a rock guitarist during his gorgeous rendition of the 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
Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
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 such as the concertos for three and four harpsichords – released in 2021 and already crowned with another Diapason d’or – or with chamber music by Bach’s predecessors such as Kirchoff and Reincken.
Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen
Buxtehude – Reincken – Roman – Monteverdi – Marini
Hana Blažíková, soprano
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 Buxtehude, Förster, 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)
Carolyn Sampson, Marcel Beekman, Johannes Weisser, Vesselina Kasarova, Felix Speer, Cornelius Uhle
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
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.
Schumann: Genoveva (Ouverture)
touring 22–26 November 2023
Mendelssohn, Spohr, Dvořák
dir. Cecilia Bernardini, violin
Galuppi: Caduta di Adamo (1747, Rome – Uppsala MS)
Ivana Lazar, Aco Aleksander Bišćević, Liliya Gaysina, Sonja Runje
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
2 horns, strings 53211, 1 bassoon, 1 lute, 1 harpsichord, 1 organ
Galuppi’s settings of Metastasian texts were seen as genuinely ground-breaking by progressive artists all over Europe. This practically unknown oratorio has never been published.
Concerto for harpsichord & fortepiano, Wq 47 (AH & ME)
Concerto for harpsichord, Wq 8 (ME)
Sinfonias for orchestra
Mahan Esfahani & Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
Monteverdi – Third Practice
Núria Rial, Topi Lehtipuu
Tero Saarinen Company
14 performers (singers, instrumentalists, dancers)
Young Handel in Italy
Julia Lezhneva, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
2 oboes, 2 horns, strings 54321, 1 bassoon, 1 harpsichord, 1 organ
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’.