Suomalainen barokkiorkesteri (c) Jaakko Paarvala

The Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO) has been performing new music with old instruments for several years already, and the orchestra has also commissioned numerous pieces. This is the first concert in FiBO’s own hall that is entirely comprised of works by living composers.

But where do we draw the line between the past and the present? The distance between the two can be very subtle. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, more than familiar to friends of Baroque music, is presented in the form of Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed, which premiered in 2012. Its recoloured harmony bases and surfaces that are reminiscent of electronic sounds result in ear-tickling and intelligently performed ambient Vivaldi.

Sarah Nemtsov’s “beyond its simple space” is based on a Helsinki-themed poem by the American poet Robert Creeley and was premiered by FiBO in the summer of 2018. The meditative everyday realism of the lyrics introduces Baroque instruments to the means of contemporary music, with extended ways of playing and electronic effects. The concert will also feature chamber music pieces by Nordic composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Jesper Nordin, bringing forth the fine tonal world of Baroque instruments.