Estimated duration

2 h, incl. intermission


Radion sinfoniaorkesteri

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Paavali Jumppanen, piano

Pierre Boulez: Rituel, in memoriam Bruno Maderna
Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques, Piano Concerto
Igor Stravinsky: Le chant du Rossignol
John Adams: Slonimsky’s Earbox

Late-Night Chamber Music
Paavali Jumppanen, piano
Pierre Boulez: Piano Sonata No. 2

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pierre Boulez. He composed Rituel in memory of his friend Bruno Maderna. Adams’s snappily-named Slonimsky’s Earbox is also an “in memoriam” tribute to the musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, whose “wit and hyper-energetic activity” he wished to immortalise. Exotic birds chirp their hearts out in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques, which he describes as “almost a piano concerto”. It was commissioned by Pierre Boulez, one of his students at the Paris Conservatoire.