Nils Schweckendiek, conductor
Pasi Pirinen, trumpet
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Béla Bartók: Four Pieces for Orchestra
Erik Bergman: Simbolo op. 52
Erik Bergma: Kolme teosta kuorolle: Sommarnatt / Psalm / Hommage à Béla Bartók
Erik Bergman: Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra
Seppo Pohjola: Roots (world premiere)
The 110th anniversary of the birth of composer Erik Bergman is being celebrated with choral music, solo trumpet and the premiere of a Finnish piece.
“The music has the wisdom that comes with old age without losing any freshness and surprise. [—] We would like to see the piece in the repertoire of our trumpetists,” wrote Helsingin Sanomat describing Bergman’s last composition. In this concert, Pasi Pirinen, principal of the HPO’s trumpet section, to whom Bergman dedicated his work, will perform as the soloist of the Fantasy, who highlights the instrument’s diverse roles.
The evening culminates with the premiere of a new Finnish piece. Seppo Pohjola’s composition has been inspired by Oskar Merikanto’s Valse lente. Juuret (Roots) was commissioned for the orchestra’s Helsinki Variations project.