Fynnish Myth

Saturday, 3. September 2011
Dornava Mansion, Festive Hall at 19:30

Festival Maribor String Orchestra
Satu Vänskä – lead violin, solo violin

Sound design - Danilo Ženko
Video screen and light design - Darijan Jaušnik
Video - Allcomb d.o.o.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Suomalainen Myytti / Finnish Myth for String Orchestra (1977)
Jean Sibelius: Humoresque for Violin (1917):
No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 87 No. 1
No. 2 in D Major, Op. 87 No. 2
No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 89 No. 2
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Pelimannimuotokuvia (Portraits of Country Fiddlers), Op. 26 (1st, 2nd, 4th Movement) (1976)
Jean Sibelius: Rakastava (The Lover), for string orchestra, triangle, and timpani, Op.14 (1893)
Kaija Saariaho: De la terre (with electronics) for solo violin (1991)
Jean Sibelius: Canzonetta, Op. 62a (1911)

For Finns, music is not just music. It is a national identity factor that is right up there with their national epic Kalevala, their pinewood forests, saunas and ski-jumping champions. When thinking about their classical music Finland’s greatest son Sibelius comes to mind first, but listening to music written by today’s best-known composers such as Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho it becomes clear that Finnish classical music managed to escape his shadow, erase national boundaries and avoid stereotypes.