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Tami POHJOLA – violin
Conductor Tarmo PELTOKOSKI

Esa-Pekka SALONEN Violin Concerto
Jean SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen

The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its Music and Artistic Director Tarmo Peltokoski, has prepared a concert programme that brings together two of Finland's most outstanding composers of their respective eras. First, we have the father of Finnish classical music, Jean Sibelius, and his symphonic suite Lemminkäinen, also known as Four Legends from the Kalevala. This piece narrates Lemminkäinen's exploits in the realm of the dead Tuonela, and his return among the living. We continue with one of today's most eminent conductors and composers, Esa-Pekka Salonen. To perform the Violin Concerto he completed in 2009, the orchestra will be accompanied by the young Finnish violinist Tami Pohjola. According to the composer, this opus covers a wide range of expressions, “from the virtuosic and flashy to the aggressive and brutal, from the meditative and static to the nostalgic and autumnal”. Meanwhile, the final chord in this score serves not only as a conclusion but also as the beginning of something new...