Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 2018 [Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert]

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After Forever20181023World-renowned soloists and chamber musicians gather each year in this stunning setting 600 kilometres northeast of Helsinki. Nestling amid lakes Ontojärvi, Lammasjärvi and Lentua, beside the protected wilderness of Hiidenportti National Park, the Kuhmo Arts Centre has floor-to-ceiling windows – bringing the outside world in to the musical space. In today's concert Sarah Walker introduces music by Mozart and Brahms on the theme of timelessness.

Mozart: Fantasia in D minor, K397
Irina Zahharenkova, piano

Brahms: 2 Songs Op.91
Victoire Bunel, mezzo-soprano
Yuval Gotlibovich, viola
Claudio Trovajoli, piano

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K581
Michel Lethiec, clarinet
Ilya Gringolts & Anahit Kurtikyan, violins
Barbora Hilpo, viola
Edward Arron, cello

Music by Mozart and Brahms on the theme of timelessness from the Kuhmo Festival in Finland

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series

G\u00f6tterd\u00e4mmerung20181026Music on the theme of love and death by Wagner and Schoenberg from the 49th Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, presented by Sarah Walker. Schoenberg's epic string sextet, Verklärte Nacht, was inspired by meeting his future wife, Mathilde von Zemlinsky, for the first time. These performances were recorded in the stunning setting of the Kuhmo Arts Centre, on the shores of Lake Lammasjärvi in Eastern Finland.

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
Victoire Bunel, mezzo-soprano
Claudio Trovajoli, piano

Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K618
Åtta Ensemble, vocal ensemble
Carsten Schmidt, organ

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Yuval Gotlibovich, viola
Vlad Bogdanas, viola
Joona Pulkkinen, cello
David Cohen, cello

Music on the theme of love and death by Wagner and Schoenberg, presented by Sarah Walker

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series

Muses And Sirens20181025Music depicting Muses and Sirens performed at the 49th Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Eastern Finland, presented by Sarah Walker, including Saint-Saëns's 'La Muse et le poète', which the composer referred to as a conversation between the two instruments instead of a debate between two virtuosos. Its improvisational structure is a deliberate strike against some German composers whose insistence on rigid form was, he felt, destroying music’s soul.

Saint-Saëns: La Muse et le poète, Op. 132
Mi-Sa Yang, violin
David Cohen, cello
Nino Gvetadze, piano

Berlioz: Rêverie et caprice, Op. 8
Jehye Lee, violin
Dasol Kim, piano

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8 ('Fatto per la notte di natale'
Mi-Sa Yang, Leena Jaakkola, Siljamari Heikinheimo, Abel Puustinen, violins
Annariina Jokela, viola
Beata Antikainen & James Wilson, cellos
Panu Pärssinen , double bass
Carsten Schmidt , harpsichord

Lili Boulanger: Les Sirènes
Åtta Ensemble, women's voices
Sophie Klussmann, soprano
Victoire Bunel, mezzo-soprano
Matilda Kärkkäinen, piano

Rachmaninov arr. Kreisler: Preghiera (arr. of Adagio sostenuto, from 'Piano Concerto No. 2')
Elina Vähälä , violin
Andrea Rucli , piano

Messiaen: O sacrum convivium
Åtta Ensemble
Sofia Niklasson & Jennie Eriksson Nordin, sopranos
Christiane Höjlund & Elin Lannemyr , altos
Fredrik Mattsson & Love Tronner , tenors
Johan Pejler & Erik Arnelöf , basses

Music depicting Muses and Sirens by Saint-Sa\u00ebns, Berlioz & Lili Boulanger from Kuhmo

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series

Swirls20181024Sarah Walker presents music evoking swirling water by Debussy, Schubert and Clara Schumann from the 49th Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Eastern Finland. Today's performers include Vladimir Mendelssohn, the Festival's Director, playing viola in Schubert's Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits over the Waters), setting words by Goethe. The dark timbres of the scoring, for men's voices, violas, cellos and double bass, underpin some of Schubert's most arresting harmonies.

Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie, from 'Préludes, Book 1'
Alessandra Ammara, piano

Schubert: Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D714
Åtta Ensemble, men's voices
Niall Chorell, tenor
Jaakko Kortekangas & Thomas Florio, baritones
Peter Walker, bass
Vladimir Mendelssohn & Annariina Jokela, violas
Joona Pulkkinen & Maja Bogdanovic, cello
Petri Mäkiharju, double bass

Strauss: Ständchen (Serenade); Arabischer Tanz; Liebesliedchen
Hugo Ticciati, violin
Gareth Lubbe, viola
Julian Arp, cello
Diana Ketler, piano

Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan, from 'Miroirs'
Alessandra Ammara, piano

Clara Schumann: Lorelei
Sophie Klussmann, soprano
Roberto Prosseda, piano

Piazzolla: Introducción al ángel; Milonga del ángel
Daniel Rowland, violin
Alberto Mesirca, guitar
Henrik Sandås, bandoneon
Zoran Markovic, double bass
Marko Hilpo, piano

Music evoking swirling water by Debussy, Schubert and Clara Schumann, with Sarah Walker

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series