Rheingau Music Festival to livestream Baltic Sea Philharmonic concert in Wiesbaden on 20 August

Orchestra’s ‘Baltic Folk’ performance will be first live stream in German festival’s 30-year-history

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s concert at the 30th Rheingau Music Festival in Germany is to be livestreamed by Medici TV, the world’s leading classical music channel, and on the festival’s website (www.rheingau-musik-festival.de). The broadcast of the concert, at 7.00 pm CET on Sunday 20 August in Wiesbaden’s Kursaal, will be the first ever live stream in the festival’s history. The performance marks a return visit for Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, who first played at the festival in 2014. The concert in Wiesbaden will be the second of three concerts on the orchestra’s ‘Baltic Folk’ tour of Sweden, Germany and Italy this August.

Kristjan will conduct the orchestra in a folk-inspired programme of music from Estonia and Russia. The concert opens with the contemplative, hymn-like Swansong by Arvo Pärt, the celebrated Estonian composer whose music is both deeply spiritual and emotionally direct. Then we present two of the best-loved orchestral works of the early 20th century: Rachmaninoff’s achingly nostalgic Piano Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking, folktale-inspired ballet The Firebird.

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will perform The Firebird in its 1945 orchestral suite version, and will make a daring shift from convention by playing the work entirely from memory. Kristjan sees this approach as an evolution in how musicians express themselves as artists. ‘Performing The Firebird from memory is all about chemistry and communication,’ he says. ‘It should feel like the players are improvising music that they have known for a long time.’

Joining the orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto will be the 15-year-old Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev, one of the most exciting talents of his generation. He says: ‘Rachmaninoff is one of my favourite composers and the Second Piano Concerto expresses his Russian soul. I’ve been dreaming about playing this music for a long time.’

You can also follow the livestream via the Facebook page of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic: www.facebook.com/BalticSeaPhilharmonic