From the New Canon at Q2: “Finn-tasia”
Going into the wild with a century of Finnish composers
Monday, August 15, 2011
“Finland, Finland, Finland, the country where I want to be,” sang Monty Python. But why exactly is it that Finland has, over the last century been a hotbed for composers? With the Bard Music Festival exploring Sibelius and his world this month and contemporary composers like Magnus Lindberg, Esa Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho taking Manhattan, we investigate the fabulous Finns with Helsinkian composer Markku Klami and Bard Music Festival’s scholar-in-residence (and Sibelius biographer) Daniel Grimley.
We also go on a mega-packed odyssey across the Finnish soundscape, starting with one of the last works Sibelius ever wrote and moving through the years to include music from Rautavaara, Sallinen, Salonen, Saariaho and Markku himself. Can’t take the waning summer heat? We got you covered.”
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