Mikk Langeproon: Light and darkness
perjantai 28.02. klo 19.00
Lutherinkatu 3, Helsinki
Light and Darkness
Uuno Klami: Suite for String Orchestra, Tauno Aints: Concerto for Accordion and Chamber Orchestra World Premiere, Einojuhani Rautavaara: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Dimitry Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a.
Mikk Langeproon, accordion | James Salomon Kahane, conductor.
In the collective unconscious, the north has always been a place of mystery and darkness, where nature retains its rights over mankind and the night is pitch black. It is also, however, a place where the light that shines there is made brighter, more powerful, and awe-inspiringly beautiful by contrast. In these lands of extremes, the foothold of civilization has always always seen unique cultures rise, which have been marked by their strong individuality and differences in regards to the European traditions. In music, these unique cultures have manifested through the ages through different approaches to the idioms of the western classical scene, and each of the 3 countries whose music will be heard on this program, Russia, Estonia, and Finland, have created their own strong musical identities that, despite the close proximity of these neighboring lands, are as different and individual as their cultures are. One element, however, seems to be recurring in these 3 cultures, and is often an underlying tone expressed in their respective music: the eternal dichotomy between light and darkness, with all their possible facets, meanings, and interpretations. Each piece performed on this program, whether it is conscious or not, direct or indirect, through the prism of human emotions or through the means of a most neutral contemplation, relates to this dichotomy and draws a parallel between the 3 unique cultures they represent. The mysteries, dreams, torments and cold that are bound to the darkness, and the hope connected to the light that opposes it, shape the melodies and the harmonies in remarkably different ways in each of the composers' own psyche.