4 September 7pm, Tallinn St John Church (Jaani kirik)


Hugo Ticciati (violin)
Priya Mitchell (violin)
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste

Benjamin Britten 

- Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10

Arvo Pärt

- Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
- Tabula Rasa

Tõnu Kaljuste and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will perform the two composers' pieces for strings orchestra, dedicated to honour their colleagues' creative work: Benjamin Britten was inspired by his composition teacher, viola player and conductor Frank Bridge, and Arvo Pärt commemorated his demised colleague Benjamin Britten's art. Highly acclaimed British-born violin soloists Hugo Ticciati and Priya Mitchell will play with the orchestra in the double concert “Tabula Rasa”, which in its turn is dedicated to its first performers Eri Klas, Gidon Kremer and Tatiana Grindenko. The pieces performed at the concert have become the foundation for the both composers' international acclaim.

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Arvo Pärt 85

Nargenfestival celebrates Arvo Pärt's 85th birthday with the new, and never heard in Estonia before, version of the composer's several pieces arranged by himself and others. At the opening concert will sound a new version of the work of the early days of tintinnabuli style “If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper …” performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Arranger Tõnis Kõrvits has given a more chamberlike sound to “Cecilia, vergine romana”, a work originally written for a choir and a symphony orchestra. Another part of the festival includes the new arrangements from Raschèr Saxophone Quartet (Germany), who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. The festival's artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and British violin soloists Hugo Ticciati and Priya Mitchell will bring to the audience's attention thrilling juxtapositions of Arvo Pärt's and Benjamin Britten's creative works. In addition to that, the composer's pieces will be placed side by side with Tõnu Kõrvits's latest piece by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. The intertwining of Pärt's and Kreek's choral works will be performed by the ensemble Vox Clamantis conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve. The anniversary season's highlight will be the traditional Arvo Pärt's birthday concert of the composer's pieces with a soprano soloist, two organs, two choirs and an orchestra.

Time flows better with good music ...