New music for period instruments
Tommi Hyytinen, natural horn
Petteri Pitko & Marianna Henriksson, harpsichords
Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
The Finnish Baroque Orchestra returns to the Musica nova Helsinki festival with baroque instruments interpreting contemporary music. The sensitive and simultaneously exciting sounds of the period instruments don't stop to inspire today's composers both here and around the world. The baroque orchestra composition Händeküssen (Kisses on the hand) by the Swedish composer Lisa Streich was commissioned for a concert series about everyday life during Beethoven's era and performed for the first time last year. The kiss on the hand was a small part of the daily 18th and 19th century life, but still a gesture filled with meaning. Streich's piece is an imagination of how dancing feels like for a deaf person. The legs move on the floor, a connection between dancing steps and perception is formed.
FiBO has already earlier gotten acquainted with the music by German Sarah Nemtsov, and also recorded her music in 2019 for a record called Helsinki Window. "I've loved the harpsichord since I was a child", says the composer. The piece running. out of tune from 2013 is composed for two harpsichords and electronics, and the clashes that originate from the different tunings throw the harpsichords around which swings the listeners to whole new worlds.
Also Olli Virtaperko's new piece plays around with different tunings and the harmonic possibilities baroque instruments bring along. Virtaperko belongs to those Finnish composers who have written a lot for baroque instruments and developed a musical language of their own through them. Especially viola da gambas have been close to Virtaperko. Now his concerto for natural horn and baroque orchestra has its premiere night.
Duration: 1 h (no intermission)