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Northern Lights - Composers from the Baltic States

feat. Pelēcis, Tubin, Vasks, Pärt & Tüür

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It is only in the last 30 years or so that composers from the Baltic States – that is, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – have been gaining attention from musicians around the world.

The Estonian Arvo Pärt in particular, with his slow, meditative style and clean-yet-archaic-sounding harmonies, has become familiar to many listeners. Yet the Baltic States are home to several other significant composers, all quite different in character – such as the Latvian Pēteris Vasks with his powerfully expressive music, or the Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür whose background in prog rock makes him one of very few composers able to make something quite new by mixing popular with classical. Join us now on our first virtual cruise to the region, introducing landmark works ranging from the first Estonian ballet composed in 1938 through to music of our own century.

Curation: Daniel Jaffé

Speaker: David Hall

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel, Simon Merz (Co-Creation)

  • Northern Lights - Composers from the Baltic States

  • An introduction to Pelēcis — Jaungada Mūzika

  • Jaungada Mūzika Preview Only

    Georgs Pelēcis

    Alexei Lubimov1994
  • An introduction to Tubin — Ballettsuite »Kratt«

  • Ballettsuite »Kratt« Preview Only

    Eduard Tubin

    Neeme Järvi, Bamberger Sinfoniker1985
  • An introduction to Vasks — String Quartet No. 3

  • String Quartet No. 3 Preview Only

    Pēteris Vasks

    Navarra Quartet2010
  • An introduction to Pärt — Te Deum

  • Te Deum Preview Only

    Arvo Pärt

    Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester2014
  • An introduction to Tüür — Symphony No. 5

  • Symphony No. 5 Preview Only

    Erkki-Sven Tüür

    Olari Elts, Nguyên Lê, Umo Jazz Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra2013