Tuesday 20. 06. 2006 21.00
TALLINN BOYS CHOIR, TALLINN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
conductor ANDRES MUSTONEN
soloists: HELI VESKUS (soprano), HELEN LOKUTA (mezzo)
MART MADISTE (tenor), RAUNO ELP (basso)
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (TCO) was founded in 1993. The conductor Tõnu Kaljuste has bounded the widely well-known Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) activities with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra activities. This has turned out to be the beginning of official activities of the Orchestra. The members of the orchestra are all outstanding musicians, who often perform as soloists and are invited to perform with various other orchestras and ensembles.
In 1993, EPCC and TCO produced a CD-record “Te Deum” of works of Arvo Pärt for a record company ECM. For a year, this record has been on the world’s Top Ten list and has gained exalting appraisals from the critics. In 1996 two other records which are extremely important to Tallinn Chamber Orchestra were released by ECM. One of them is “Chrystallisatio”, works by Erkki-Sven Tüür (performs also Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir) and another one is “Litany”, works by Arvo Pärt (co-performers The Hilliard Ensemble, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra). Another record by ECM “Neenia” released in 2001 is music for strings of Heino Eller (recorded in Estonian Concert Hall in 1999). Erkki-Sven Tüür has dedicated his “Show for Chamber Orchestra” to Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
In 1999 two videos were prepared together with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: “Te Deum” by Arvo Pärt for the company Reiner Moritz Associates (London) and “Requiem” by W.A. Mozart for Finnish MTV3.
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra has performed together with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in many prestigious music festivals: Bach Cantatas Festival in Milan (1996, 1997), Bremen Music Festival (1998), Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music (1998) etc. Concert tours have taken orchestra and the choir to Canada, USA, Japan and to many European countries.
The orchestra’s instrumental programmes have been prepared mainly together with foreign conductors (on the seasons 1997/98 and 1998/99 concert series “Dear Guests”). Juha Kangas from Finland, Richard Tognetti from Australia, Terje Tonnesen from Norway, Patrick Strub from Germany, Valentin Zhuk from Netherlands, Silvio Barbato from Italy, Samuel Wong from Canada, Tarmo Leinatamm, Eri Klas, Olari Elts, Paul Mägi, Vello Pähn and Kristjan Järvi from Estonia have worked with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. In 1996/1997 and 2000/2001 the Artistic Director and General Conductor of the orchestra was Tõnu Kaljuste. In 1995/1996 and 2001-2003 Juha Kangas was working as an Artistic Advisor and First Guest Conductor of TCO.
Andres Mustonen’s (b 1953) discovery of music has followed a very unusual path. His adolescent fascination with contemporary music made an about-face in the early 1970s towards early and Christian music. In 1972 it led to founding the early music consort Hortus Musicus, which gives vital performances even today. Since the founding of the ensemble, Hortus Musicus and Andres Mustonen have been performing constantly on the world’s concert stages and at music festivals: the Utrecht Festival, the Malmö Baroque, concerts in Prague, St Petersburg and Moscow, performances at the Mozart-Fest in Chemnitz, the Jaffa Festival in Israel, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London, the Scottish Early Music Festival in Glasgow, the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Glasperlenspiel Festival.
In these years Andres Mustonen and Hortus Musicus have succeeded in storing their work on 25 records.
Andres Mustonen is partly a solo violinist, but mostly a conductor, whereas the latter post has been developed via a career of a performing artist and musician. Mustonen conducts the leading orchestras of Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia and Lithuania, the Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Russian National Academic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musica Viva Academic Chamber Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunken, the Helsinki City Orhestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc.
During many years, Andres Mustonen has worked together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Mustonen has gone through and performed the music history both as a performer and a conductor. He transfers his musical experience of history to performances of classical, romantic and new music. This is but not the new music that infatuated young Mustonen in the early 1960s, when his interest lay in the avant-garde and the happening. It is the harmonic new music created by Giya Kantsheli, Philip Glass, Tōru Takemitsu, Vladimir Martõnov, Avet Terterjan, and Valentin Silvestrov. Several composers have dedicated their work to him. Mustonen is in close creative contact with many Estonian composers – Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peeter Vähi, Arvo Pärt, and Galina Grigorieva – also giving premières of their new works.
Making music, Mustonen can be characterised by spontaneity, improvisation and radiant performance. “For me an orchestra is not a static form but a living organisation of musicians, one whose members enhance and affect each other.”
Mustonen’s repertoire includes pieces of early music as well as of new music, which he often premières. He places a special significance on religious oratoric masterpieces from Baroque to the modern day: Bach, Mozart, Bruckner, Penderecki, Tavener, Knaifel.
Tickets 50.- /30.- in concert place
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