The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is about to make its long-awaited comeback to live performance with a prestigious debut in Romania. The orchestra, which has been away from the stage since September 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will perform two concerts with conductor Kristjan Järvi at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest on 30 and 31 August. The second concert will be broadcast live on the Enescu Festival website.
Renowned pianist Maria João Pires and leading violinist Viktoria Mullova will join the Baltic Sea Philharmonic for the first time in two different programmes: ‘Aurora’ (30 August) and ‘Nordic Swans’ (31 August). The first of these features Kristjan Järvi’s Aurora, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 and Enescu’s Symphony No. 2. The second programme comprises three pieces by Arvo Pärt – Swansong, Fratres and the Passacaglia for violin, vibraphone and strings – together with Kristjan Järvi’s arrangement of Tchaikovsksy’s Swan Lake as a dramatic symphony.
Both concerts will be performed from memory, and in the innovative, boundary-breaking spirit that makes every performance of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic a unique experience. Kristjan Järvi said of the upcoming concerts: ‘This will be a very emotional experience at the Enescu Festival as it will be our first live performance in a year. I performed at the festival a few years ago and came away with fantastic impressions. Romania is a diverse country, and is an example of what Europe stands for. And in bringing the Baltic Sea Philharmonic to the Black Sea region, from one sea to another, we will show that we’re not only connected by water, but also by song and dance.’
Touring with ‘Nordic Swans’ in September
Immediately after the concerts in Bucharest, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic will take ‘Nordic Swans’ on tour to Italy, Slovenia, Germany and Poland. A new programme for the tour will enhance the swan theme, with Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela featuring alongside Pärt’s Swansong and Järvi’s dramatic-symphony arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The tour starts in Italy with performances at the Merano Music Festival on 3 September and in Verona on 4 September. The orchestra will then make its debut in Slovenia with a livestreamed outdoor concert in Ljubljana on 6 September. After a special concert at the Usedom Music Festival on 11 September, ‘Nordic Swans’ will conclude in Szczecin, Poland, on 12 September, with the orchestra’s first performance in the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall.
Watch the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s performance of ‘Nordic Swans’ live from the Enescu Festival at 16.30 EEST on Tuesday 31 August here