Estimated duration

1 h 15 min.


Helsingin Musiikkitalo Oy

Café Barock and Ensemble Nylandia present a Baroque concert focusing on compositions by Bolognese composers.

Located in northern Italy, the city of Bologna has played a significant role in the evolution of the cello in the second half of the 17th century. A crucial step for the birth of the modern violoncello as we know it (and for string instruments in general) was the local new method of manufacturing gut strings with silver wound which resulted in more powerful sound. This invention enabled the instrument makers to build smaller ’bass violins’ and thus the composers started to write more virtuosic music for these new violoncelli.

The program of this concert focuses on one of the earliest known collections of solo cello music: Ricercari, canone e sonate per violoncello from 1689, composed by Domenico Gabrielli (1651? – 1690). In addition, the audience will also hear compositions from other prominent cellist-composers who were active in Bologna at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, such as the sonatas of Gabrielli’s student Giuseppe Jacchini (1667 – 1727).

Tatu Ahola, barokkisello
Lassi Kari, violone
Mikko Ikäheimo, luuttu ja barokkikitara
Matias Häkkinen, cembalo


Free concerts are held at Musiikkitalo’s terrace on summer afternoons from Wednesday to Saturday, May 29th to Aug 3rd.

The concerts feature talented musicians from the Sibelius Academy of the University of Arts Helsinki, as well as concerts presented by HelsinkiMissio, Organ Night & Aria and World Music Centre. The genres and music vary daily: mostly classical or folk music on Wednesdays, jazz on Fridays and pop on Saturdays.