Concerto per due
Music for two harpsichords
L. Couperin – F. Couperin – A.-L. Couperin – Mozart – J. S. Bach
Petteri Pitko, harpsichord
Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord
Harpsichordists Petteri Pitko and Marianna Henriksson perform seldom played music for two harpsichords. The first half of the concert is dedicated to the French composer family Couperin, whose members held many major positions as musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries. Louis Couperin worked as organist in the St. Gervais Church in Paris. His nephew François, with the epithet “Le Grand” (The Great), inherited that same position as organist, from which he later advanced to be court harpsichordist of the Sun King. Armand-Louis, in his turn, took office as organist in St. Gervais after his cousin François. The compositions of the three Couperins illustrate the massive stylistic change in music that took place between the mid-17th century and the years before the revolution.
The other half of the concert presents music by two members of other prominent musician families, namely Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach. The clarity of the late 18th century classicism and the polyphonic Baroque heritage are clearly perceived in Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor. Bach’s Concerto in C Major for two harpsichords represents the best of the Baroque’s musical joie de vivre.
Duration: 2 h (incl. intermission)
Petteri Pitko introduces the concert in the café in Kanneltalo on 18 October at 18.15–18.45.