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DVD In the Mystical Land of Kaydara. Peeter Vähi

DVD Coppélia. A ballet by Léo Delibes

CD-series Great Maestros. Beethoven, Brahms. Kalle Randalu, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

CD Quarter of a Century with Friends. Arsis, Rémi Boucher, Oliver Kuusik, Rauno Elp

Super Audio CD Maria Magdalena. Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

CD Jerusalem. Hortus Musicus

LP Contra aut pro? Toomas Velmet, Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Pärt

CD The Soul of Fire. Age Juurikas


A joint project of ERP and Eesti Kontsert
Artistic director – Peeter Vähi

The festival Glasperlenspiel (‘The Glass Bead Game’) directed by Peeter Vähi has got its inspiration from the novel by Hermann Hesse. It is certainly a very special musical event in Estonian summer where music lovers can enjoy performers like Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Piotr Anderszewski, Olli Mustonen, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, etc, as well as the leading musicians of Estonia.


Glasperlenspiel presents:
Sun Feb 11th, 2007 Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
Soloists: Gidon Kremer (violin), Tatiana Grindenko (violin, Moscow), Andrey Pushkarev (vibraphone, Ukraine)
Program: Piazzolla, Schnittke, Korngold, Pärt, Silvestrov

Founded in 1997 by the renowned violinist Gidon Kremer, the Grammy-award winning chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica is already considered one of the most prominent international ensembles in Europe. Although it originally began as a “birthday present to myself” to celebrate his 50 years of life in 1997, Gidon Kremer immediately envisaged the potential behind the 27-member ensemble of young musicians drawn from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a medium to share his rich artistic experience with the new generation and, at the same time, to promote and inspire the musical and cultural life of the Baltics.
Having opted to make the world their permanent home, Kremerata Baltica annually performs about 60 concerts during 6 annual tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Regular performances in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Moscow, and New York in the greatest halls are followed by appearances at renowned music festivals such as Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, the Prague Spring and the BBC Proms, etc.
ImagetextIn the 30 year course of his distinguished career, violinist Gidon Kremer, born 1947, has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation, praised for his high degree of individualism, his rejection of the well-trodden paths of interpretation, and his search for new possibilities.
Gidon Kremer began studying at the age of 4 with his father and grandfather, who both were professional violinists. At 16 he was awarded the 1st Prize of the Latvian Republic and 2 years later he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatoire. He went on to win prestigious awards including the 1976 Queen Elizabeth Competition and the 1st Prize in both the Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions.
An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made more than 100 albums, many of which brought him prestigious international awards and prizes: the Grand prix du Disque, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Ernst-von-Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Premio dell’ Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Triumph Prize 2000, and in 2001 the Unesco Prize. In 2002 he and Kremerata Baltica were awarded with the Grammy for their latest Nonesuch recording After Mozart.
Gidon Kremer plays a Guarneri del Gesù “ex-David”, dated from 1730.

player A Piazzolla. Verano Porteno, live rec, fragm, 92 sec, mp3
player video-clip “Gidon Kremer 60”
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Glasperlenspiel 2007

Fri July 6th at 8 pm House of Blackheads (Pikk Str 26, Tallinn)
Sat July 7th at 8 pm Pärnu Concert Hall (Aida Str 4, Pärnu)
Sun July 8th at 8 pm St John church (Tartu)
Hélène Gueuret (oboe & English horn, France), Anna Biggin (violin), Eva Stegeman (violin, artistic director, Holland)

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Program: Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Cherubini, Mozart
player EU Chamber Orchestra, Mozart, fragm, 88 sec, mp3

Fri July 6th at 11 pm, Pärnu Concert Hall (Aida Str 4, Pärnu)
Night-concert presenting the album “Oxymoron” by Erkki-Sven Tüür
NYYD Ensemble, artistic director Olari Elts
Program: Tüür, Milhaud, Lindberg
In co-operation with NYYD Ensemble

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms. Oxymoron is a Greek term derived from oxy (‘sharp’) and moros (‘dull’). Thus the word oxymoron is itself an oxymoron.

ImagetextNYYD Ensemble: Mihkel Peäske (fl), Linda Vood (fl), Nils Rõõmussaar (ob), Toomas Vavilov (clar), Meelis Vind (clar), Jandra Puusepp (sax), Peeter Sarapuu (bsn), Esa Tapani (Fr horn), Kalle Koppel (Fr horn), Priit Aimla (tr), Roman Petuhhov (tr), Eduard Akulin (trb), Madis Metsamart (perc), Rein Roos (perc), Eda peäske (harp), Marrit Gerretz (piano), Harry Traksmann (1st vl), Juta Õunapuu (2nd vl), Torsten Tiebout (vla), Leho Karin (cello), Mati Lukk (dbl bass)

The ensemble was named after an international festival of new music that has been taking place in Tallinn since 1991; the NYYD Ensemble gave its 1st performance at the festival NYYD 1993. The Estonian word nüüd means “now”. The repertoire of the ensemble testifies that they actually interpret the notion “now” as an ample musical landscape involving different stylistic pursuits from the beginning of the 20th cent to the present day – the main criterion of selection is the work’s artistic value. NYYD Ensemble’s repertoire contains works by more than 80 composers from Debussy, Schönberg, and Stravinsky to Tan Dun, Heiner Goebbels and the younger ones. Due to the peculiar needs of some programmes, on rare occasions they have performed the classics as well. The ensemble is obviously in tight contact with Estonian composers. NYYD Ensemble has taken part in all the festivals of new music in Estonia, the most important of which are NYYD and the annual Days of Estonian Music. In the recent years NYYD Ensemble has been receiving more and more invitations to perform abroad. They have performed at several well-known festivals of new music, among others Musiikkin aika (“Time of Music”, Finland), Warsaw Autumn, and Maerzmusik in Berlin. In September they gave 2 different concerts at the festival Klangspuren in Schwaz.

Olari Elts:

  • winner of the 2nd International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition in 2000, and of the 1999 Jorma Panula conducting Competition in Finland
  • since 2001 principal conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, at the moment continues as principal guest conductor
  • in 1993 formed his own contemporary music ensemble NYYD
  • has conducted orchestras over the world – Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Sinfoniker, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
  • in 2001 was awarded the 4th class Order of the White Star in recognition for outstanding contribution to Estonian music culture
    player NYYD Ensemble, Erkki-Sven Tüür, fragm, 158 sec, mp3


Sun July 8th at 8 pm Pärnu Concert Hall (Aida Str 4, Pärnu)
MICHAEL SCHÖNHEIT (organ, Germany)
Concert dedicated to Albert Schweitzer
Program: Bach, Widor

The ethics of reverence for life know nothing of a relative ethic.
(Albert Schweitzer)


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Wed July 11th at 8 pm St Elisabeth’ Church, Pärnu (Nikolai Str 22)
State choir LATVIJA (Riga)
Veljo Tormis (!) – shaman drum
Conductor Māris Sirmais
Program: Poulenc, Messiaen, Whitacre, Tormis, Ligeti, fragments from the movie Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer

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player Symphony No 9 by Beethoven, 4th movement, fragm, 59 sec, mp3

The founder and first conductor of the State Choir “Latvija” was Janis Ozolins followed by Janis Dumins and Daumants Gailis. Since 1997, the artistic director and principal conductor of the choir is Māris Sirmais.
The cornerstones of the choir’s repertoire are large-scale compositions – oratorios, cantatas, masses, requiems, symphonies and concert performances of operas. Their repertoire also encompasses extensive a cappella programs as well as compositions for chorus and organ. This covers music from early Renaissance to the present day (Messiaen, Britten, Honegger among others). “Latvija” has developed a creative co-operation with leading symphony orchestras in Singapore, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Moscow, St Petersburg, and successfully collaborated with many conductors – Māris Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valerij Gergiyev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Fedoseyev.
Most significant recent achievements include performances Arnold Schönberg’s opera “Moses And Aaron” in Graz (1998), 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th International Bodensee festivals in Germany, and in festivals in France, Italy, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland, Singapore.

Wed July 18th at 8 pm Estonia Concert Hall (Estonia Ave 4, Tallinn)
Thu July 19th at 8 pm Pärnu Concert Hall (Aida Str 4, Pärnu)
Fri July 20th at 8 pm St John’ church (Tartu)

Program: Debussy, Mompou, de Falla, E Grigoryan, Westlake, York, R Towner

ImagetextSlava Grigoryan, born in Kazakhstan in 1976 and raised in Australia, he has been performing since he was eight and with major international orchestras since he was 15, including the London Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at concerts and festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America, including a Great Guitars Tour with the legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña.
As a major prizewinner at the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition, Slava was signed by Sony Music Entertainment Australia under Sony Classical in 1995 and has since released four solo albums. His debut classical album for ABC Classics, Sonatas and Fantasies, was awarded Best Classical Album at the 2002 ARIA Awards. Slava has received the ‘Mo Award’ for Instrumentalist of the Year and in 2002, toured for Musica Viva with his brother, Len Grigoryan.  The two enjoyed another highly successful Australia-wide tour in 2003 following the release of Play.
Len Grigoryan was born in 1985 and has been studying the guitar with his father, Eduard Grigoryan, since the age of four. He has won numerous national awards in all categories. Len has performed with Tommy Emmanuel, Kurt Jensen, the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Concordia Ensemble and the Melbourne Musicians’ Chamber Orchestra.
Slava and Len Grigoryan both compose music for guitar and their effortless virtuosity and brilliant musicianship, both in the standard repertoire of the classical guitar as well as crossover material and contemporary composition, is highly regarded around the world. The brothers have recorded a new album for ABC Classics, due for release later this year. During the last year, the duo toured in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australia, Europe, Russia.
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player A Piazzolla, Tango Suite, fragm, 117 sec, mp3

Sun July 29th at 7 pm Culture Centre (Narva-Jõesuu, Eastern-Viru county, in co-operation with Seitsme Linna Muusika)
Mon July 30th Pärnu Concert Hall (Aida Str 4, Pärnu)
ANATOLY SAFIULIN (basso, Russia / Germany)
INNA DAVIDOVA (piano, Latvia)
Program: Mussorgski, popular Russian romances

ImagetextOne may say that the artistic personality of Anatoly Safiulin is created by music itself – by Russian folk songs and romances; original chamber music programs of Russian and Western composers’ works and by large-scale compositions as masses, requiems, cantatas, oratorios and symphonies. He is considered to be the true Russian singer of European culture.
Anatoly Safiulin was born in Moscow. In 1977 he graduated from the Russian Academy of Music, where he studied the solo singing under Prof G Aden, one of the most celebrated Russian vocal teachers. Prof Aden revealed to his student the secrets of vocal art, holding the natural beauty of the voice. Throughout many years Anatoly Safiulin was being a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonics. He has the honorary title of the so-called People’s artist of Russia. Since 2002 he has been living in Germany.
Anatoly Safiulin is a guest soloist at many prestigious music festivals. To quote just some examples: Russian Winter, Moscow Stars, White Nights of St Petersburg, Edinburgh Festival, Prague Spring, All the World Stars, Bilbao Festival, etc. He has been touring intensively all around Russia and performing in London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence, Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Glasgow, Geneva, Stockholm, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Ottawa, Tokyo, İstanbul, Tel Aviv, Singapore, etc.
In London Anatoly Safiulin appeared in the role of Salieri for the first time since great Shalyapin had performing it. That was the semi-performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart And Salieri at the Royal Festival Hall. Princess Diana, who honoured the concert with her presence, gave the singer an audience expressing her gratitude.
During the last decade the bass performed hundreds of large-scale works with the orchestra: requiems and masses by Cimarosa, Mozart, Verdi, Dvořák, Brahms, Faure, Britten, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert; cantatas by Bach, Honegger, Schönberg, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, Schnittke; symphonies by Mahler, Shostakovich. The singer has recorded more than 25 CDs.
Since 1997 Anatoly Safiulin has been working with Inna Davidova, the pianist and the artistic director of Herman Braun Foundation. Inna Davidova graduated in 1987 from Latvian Academy of Music. The basic artistic features of Inna Davidova are delicacy and stylistic certainty. She prefers to work with vocalists. Many well-known singers, such as Inessa Galante, Inga Kalna, Antra Bigaca, Elina Garanca, Egils Silins, Jolanta Stanelite, Tatiana Monogarova, Irina Dolzhenko can be listed her best co-workers. The pianist performs regularly in Latvia, Russia, Denmark, UK, Italy, Japan, Canada, the USA, Israel, Slovenia, Sweden.

Thu Aug 9th at 8 pm Pärnu Concert Hall (Aida Str 4, Pärnu)
Conductor Gabriele Ferro (Italy)
Soloists Pavel Vernikov (violin, Russia) & Andres Mustonen (violin)
Program: Prokofiev, Kancheli, Sinopoli

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Orchestra Giovanile Italiana has been invited to many of the most important music festivals in Europe including Montpellier, Edinburgh, Ljubljana, Madrid, Frankfurt, Prague and Budapest with outstanding acclaim from both critics and public alike. In 2004, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana celebrated its 20th birthday – an important landmark in the orchestra’s career. In that year the orchestra was busy with important projects such as the extensive tour of South America (Lima, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, etc). The orchestra ended the year with a tour of Italy performing Mahler’s 9th Symphony. This incredible project was the brainchild of Daniele Gatti and here the students played alongside some “old lions” who are at present principals of some of the most important Italian and European orchestras. A CD of the concert was made winning Daniele Gatti the Abbiati prize. Conductors have included Claudio Abbado, Roberto Abbado, Luciano Berio, Gabriele Ferro, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Giuseppe Sinopoli. The orchestra has recorded for Nuova Era, Aulos, Fonit Cetra and Stradivarius. In 2004 the orchestra was awarded the Music Critic's Abbiati prize.

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player audio-clip in Russian “Glasperlenspiel 2007”
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Thanks: Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Pärnu City Government

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See also: Glasperlenspiel-festivals; Glasperlenspiel on Facebook, Glasperlenspiel 2014, Glasperlenspiel 2013, Glasperlenspiel 2012; Glasperlenspiel 2011; Glasperlenspiel 2010; Glasperlenspiel 2009; Glasperlenspiel 2008; Glasperlenspiel 2006; Glasperlenspiel 2005; Archives: Glasperlenspiel 2003 and 2004
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