Across the Atlantic – Festival Opening Concert

Espoo Cultural Center, Tapiola Hall
1 November 2019, 7 Pm

Jeremy Denk, Fanny Söderström, Irina Zahharenkova & Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jeffrey Means (conductor)

J.S. Bach: Concerto in E Major, BWV 1053 (Denk)
Elliott Carter: Double Concerto (Denk & Zahharenkova)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in F Major K 459 (Denk)
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (Söderström)

Two mavericks of American music, pianist Jeremy Denk and conductor Jeffrey Means, return to the PianoEspoo Festival for a concert traversing European and North-American musical currents. Beloved keyboard concertos by Mozart and Bach will be performed alongside two 20th-century American masterpieces, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto. The former is an iconic ballet written by a New York composer who never visited the mountains that inspired the work. The latter, a cult-favorite of urban modernism, was written for an orchestra split in two parts with harpsichord and piano soloists.

Jeremy Denk is soloist with the musicians of the Tapiola Sinfonietta for the Mozart and Bach concertos. Fanny Söderström performs the elegant piano part of the original orchestration of Appalachian Spring. Irina Zahharenkova plays the dazzlingly virtuosic solo harpsichord part of the Double Concerto while Mr. Denk tackles the solo piano part. The climax of this work sets the two orchestral ensembles against one another in competing meters; the composer suggested there be two conductors. Today it is customary for a single conductor to negotiate this complexity and the brilliant maestro Jeffrey Means leads this performance.

In cooperation with the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Tickets 11–25 e