Tapiola Sinfonietta: THE DICTATOR season concert
Olari Elts, conductor
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Heta Sammalisto, soprano
Olivia Moss, soprano
Tuomas Miettola, tenor
Samuli Takkula, baritone
György Ligeti: Piano Concerto
Ernst Křenek: The Dictator op. 49, concert performance, first performance in Finland
Some become dictators by nature, some by opportunity. The Dictator (1926) by Ernst Křenek is a single-act opera about a man bearing a striking resemblance to Mussolini who is about to start a war when he is mixed up in a love triangle with two women. Ligeti defected from Hungary to the West in 1956 but continued his struggle against the powers that be. In his Piano Concerto, creative freedom is threatened by musical metrics, equal temperament and mechanical rhythms.
Politics-festival 10 March – 31 March 2022:
Art music has had a long and varied relationship with the powers that be. Over the centuries, composers have challenged the Church, courts, dictators and political parties, but many have also paid the price. In a series of three concerts, the Tapiola Sinfonietta explores the interaction of music and politics, which was particularly tempestuous in the 20th century. The festival fringe programme will be published at Tapiola Sinfonietta's website at New Year 2023.
Tapiola Sinfonietta Kevät 2023
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