Ilkka Heinonen. Photo: Timo Heinonen.
Wed 13.03.2024 7.00 pm House of Nobility, Helsinki
The Residency Series at the House of Nobility

The Waves of the Baltic Sea

Jouhikko improvisation and Nordic string music from the 17th century

Albrici–Baltzar–Buxtehude–Capricornus–Farina–Furchheim–Heinonen–Jarzebski–Schmelzer–Tunder

Ilkka Heinonen, jouhikko and violone
Marianna Henriksson, keyboard and leading
Finnish Baroque Orchestra

Violin: Irma Niskanen, Anne Pekkala, Dora Asterstad
Viola: Krishna Nagaraja, Laura Kajander
Cello: Tatu Ahola
Viola da gamba: Johanna Randvere
Violone and jouhikko: Ilkka Heinonen
Harpsichord and organ: Marianna Henriksson
Lute: Eero Palviainen

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Marianna Henriksson, programme planning

The waves of the Baltic Sea is a programme built upon dialogue between a string ensemble from the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and the instrument jouhikko (bowed lyre). The concert programme consists of music from the 17th century by composers living in countries by the shores of the Baltic Sea as well as music published in the area, especially works found in the Düben collection in Uppsala. Among the rarities of the collection, there are rich sounding works for strings by Samuel Capricornus, Franz Tunder and Vincenzo Albrici. The Italian composer Carlo Farina also walked on the shores of the Baltic Sea during his stay in Gdansk (Danzig) during the 1630’s.

Juxtaposed with the music for string orchestra we have Ilkka Heinonen’s improvisations, partly based on traditional melodies for the jouhikko. The jouhikko is an instrument of the lyre type, played with a bow. It’s history in the region around the Baltic Sea dates back to the middle ages, having its pinnacle probably during the same time as the string ensemble works of the concert. The jouhikko lived on in Karelia and on the west coast of Estonia until the beginning of the 20th century, when new instruments replaced it and it was forgotten. Starting in the end of the 20th century, the jouhikko has had a renaissance, and it has been possible to resuscitate the instrumental tradition thanks to transcriptions and archival recordings from the early 20th century.

Heinonen has studied connecting the late renaissance performance practice and the Karelian jouhikko music. In this concert, the sounds of the Baltic Sea are placed in a bigger context, created through the dialogue between the period musicians of our own time and the folk musicians. The programme is like a big wave, summoning us to calm and immerse ourselves.

Duration: 1 h (no intermission)

FiBO's artistic planner Marianna Henriksson and jouhikko specialist Ilkka Heinonen introduce the concert at the House of Nobility on 15 March from 6 pm to 6.30 pm.

Tickets 15/29/37/52 € (price according to the seat) including handling costs + 1,5 € delivery fee per order: Ticketmaster's points of purchase and ticketmaster.fi
Student tickets at the door 10 €

Series tickets for the residency series of the House of Nobility 72/92 € (price according to seat) including handling costs + 1,5 € delivery fee per order: Ticketmaster's points of purchase and ticketmaster.fi. Series tickets can be purchased until the series' first concert (February 4). Note! When you buy online, the system offers its best seat. If you want to choose a specific seat, it is possible at Ticketmaster's points of purchase.

Group offers and ticket inquieries: lippu@fibo.fi

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The House of Nobility is not barrier-free. There are some steps at the front door, and there’s a staircase leading from the foyer to the concert hall on the second floor.

The second floor of the House of Nobility is accessible by wheelchair from the entrance on the Hallituskatu side, from where the porter will guide you to the lift. The porter will open the door on Hallituskatu on request. If you know your time of arrival well in advance, you are very welcome to inform us beforehand by calling the office at 010 411 7260. Another option is to call the same number when you arrive at the Hallituskatu entrance, but please keep in mind that it might take a while for the porter to arrive at the door.

An accessible toilet is available in the concert café on the second floor.

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