Nicholas Collon, conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Outi Tarkiainen: Midnight Sun Variations
György Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Sergei Rahmaninov: Symphony No. 3 A Minor Op. 44
Late-Night Chamber Music:
Jari Valo, violin
Susan Hwang, violin
Aino Räsänen, viola
Tomas Nuňez, cello
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1
Outi Tarkiainen’s Midnight Sun Variations seeks out the endless shades of the arctic Midnight Sun. As autumn approaches, the sun gives way to darkness and, symbolically, new life. Tarkiainen composed her work as a pair with Songs of the Ice to be heard later this spring.
The most Russian of the three Symphonies by Sergei Rachmaninov catches the last rays of Late Romanticism and his endless longing for his native country.
The Violin Concerto by György Ligeti is a veritable cornucopia of historical styles, techniques and timbral effects in which the soloist, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, says she discovers something new each time she opens the score.