Händeküssen / Hand-kissing – New music for period instruments

Image: Juuso Westerlund

Event Introduction

The Finnish Baroque Orchestra unleashes period instruments to interpret contemporary music. The Swedish composer Lisa Streich’s piece for baroque orchestra, Händeküssen (Hand-kissing), premiered last year. It was commissioned for a series of concerts based on people’s everyday life at the time of Beethoven. Streich’s work imagines what dancing feels like as experienced by a deaf person.

German composer Sarah Nemtsov’s running. out of tune for two harpsichords and electronics literally gets caught in the harpsichord strings. Clashing tunings throw the harpsichords into a vortex that is hurled off its tracks and transports the audience into other worlds. Olli Virtaperko has written numerous pieces for baroque instruments, which he has explored in the development of his distinct style of composition. This is the world premiere of Virtaperko’s concerto Moiré for natural horn and baroque orchestra.

The concert will be broadcasted on Yle Radio 1 on 11 February at 20:30. Before Händeküssen, the recording of Tapiola Sinfonietta’s Hammond will be broadcasted at 19:00. Recording of the radio broadcast will be available for 30 days after the concert.

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Lisa Streich: Händeküssen
Sarah Nemtsov: running. out of tune
Olli Virtaperko: Moiré

The Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Conductor: Tomas Djupsjöbacka
Natural horn: Tommi Hyytinen
Harpsichords: Petteri Pitko and Marianna Henriksson

Sponsors and partners: Anna and Signe von Bonsdorff Family Fund, City of Helsinki, Ministry of Education and Culture

Finnish Baroque Orchestra

Event Information

  • Time:

    • Thu 11.2.2021 20:30

    • Duration: 1 h

  • Organiser:

    Finnish Baroque Orchestra

  • Tickets:

    The event is free of charge