Estonia Concert Hall, 7 p.m.



Ludwig van Beethoven – Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage) op. 112
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Flos Campi (Flower of the fields)
Gustav Mahler – Symphony nr 4 in G major

Malin Hartelius (soprano, Sweden)
Andres Kaljuste (viola)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
conductor Tõnu Kaljuste

Nargenfestival starts its ninth season with events here and there on the coasts of the Finnish Gulf with a musical sea voyage – the opening piece of the concert is one of most expressive works of Ludwig van Beethoven – the cantata based on Goethe's poem, performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste.

The 6-movement suite for solo viola, choir and orchestra 'Flos Campi' ('Flower of the fields') by an English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams inspired by the Song of Solomon's poetic love lyrics will be presented with Andres Kaljuste as the soloist.

Gustav Mahler's Symphony nr 4 composed in summer with its bright sound realm will be played by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with the solo of the Swedish soprano Malin Hartelius, mostly known as Mozart's interpreter, who has sung on Europe's most important opera and concert stages with the best orchestras and conductors. As the soloist of Mahler's symphonies she has appeared this season in Milan with Riccardo Chailly and in Vienna's Musikverein with Andrés Orozco-Estrada as conductors.

Tõnu Kaljuste: "The opening concert will take us from the calm sea to the happy landing (Beethoven) and via the magic field flower (Williams) to the recognition of that: „… we enjoy heavenly pleasures and therefore avoid earthly ones …“ (Mahler). While compiling the concert's programme I thought with deep respect about maestro Claudio Abbado who passed away this year. The choir, soloists and I have memories of him that will not fade away."