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Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri

Composed in memory of a colleague, Cantus is one of Arvo Pärt's most beloved compositions. Ravel dedicated his work to his friends who died in the World Wa

Pekka Kuusisto, conductor
Katia Labèque, piano
Marielle Labèque, piano

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Benjamin Britten: An American Overture
Nico Muhly: In Certain Circles, Concerto for Two Pianos (first performance in Finland)

The news of Benjamin Britten’s death touched Arvo Pärt deeply. Composed in memory of a colleague, Cantus is one of Pärt’s most beloved compositions. Maurice Ravel in turn dedicated his work to his friends who died in the World War. For the last piece of the concert, two grand pianos are rolled onto the stage for the Labèque sisters. French baroque music looms like a ghost in Nico Muhly’s concerto.