The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi will tour Italy and Germany this September with ‘Divine Geometry’, an adventurous new programme that imaginatively recasts Baroque masterworks alongside music by giants of American minimalism. Joined by US pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the orchestra will return to Merano in Italy on 20 September to give the closing concert of the Merano Music Festival. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will then travel to Peenemünde, on the island of Usedom, to give the opening concert of the Usedom Music Festival on 21 September.
‘Divine Geometry’ explores the fascinating connections between Baroque music and minimalism, and exemplifies the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s unique way of giving audiences a fresh perspective and a new kind of concert experience. The programme connects the past to the present by merging Baroque sensuality and minimalist modernism. It begins with one of the supreme monuments of the Baroque era, Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004, in a contemporary orchestration by Arman Tigranyan. Music by another Baroque great, Handel, has been given a sparkling reinterpretation by conductor and composer Kristjan Järvi in Too Hot to Handel. Between the Bach and the Handel/Järvi, American pianist Simone Dinnerstein makes her debut with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic in the Piano Concerto No. 3 by master minimalist Philip Glass. Composed in 2017 for Dinnerstein, who is renowned for her interpretations of Bach’s keyboard works, Glass’s concerto is scored for piano and strings, a combination that has been rarely used since Bach’s time.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s programme at the Usedom Music Festival adds another minimalist icon into the mix – Steve Reich. His Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018) was co-commissioned by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic together with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Reich’s first orchestral work in more than 30 years, Music for Ensemble and Orchestra will receive its German premiere at the Usedom Music Festival.
‘Divine Geometry’ Tour 2019
Friday, 20 September 2019, Merano, 8.30 pm
Merano Music Festival, Kursaal, Merano (Italy)
Saturday, 21 September 2019, Peenemünde, 8 pm
Usedom Music Festival, Kraftwerk Museum Peenemünde, Island Usedom (Germany)
Baltic Sea Philharmonic & Kristjan Järvi
Special guest Simone Dinnerstein
Johann Sebastian Bach
arranged by Arman Tigranyan
Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018)
Piano Concerto No. 3
Georg Friedrich Händel
Too hot to Handel
Concerti Grossi Suite
arranged by Kristjan Järvi