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Didn’t make it to one of our ‘Divine Geometry’ concerts in September? You can still get to listen to a recording of the whole of our performance at the Merano Music Festival by tuning into RAI on Sunday 10 November at 8 pm CET. This programme will be the third broadcast of a concert from the ‘Divine Geometry’ tour, following the broadcasts of our Usedom Music Festival performance on NDR Kultur on 22 September and on Deutschlandfunk Kultur on 27 September. Listeners to RAI will be able to hear the Italian premiere of Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in an electrifying performance with soloist Simone Dinnerstein, together with music by Handel, Bach and Steve Reich.
Tune into RAI radio on 10 November at 8 pm CET


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On two successive nights in September, Kristjan conducted the Baltic Sea Philharmonic in a thrilling memorised programme of Baroque and minimalist music called ‘Divine Geometry’.
On 20 September we returned to Merano in Italy to give the closing concert of the Merano Music Festival. And on 21 September we were back again in Peenemünde, opening the Usedom Music Festival. The brilliant American pianist Simone Dinnerstein joined us on both nights to perform Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that was composed especially for her. The Usedom concert also featured the German premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, a work which the Baltic Sea Philharmonic co-commissioned with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

‘Divine Geometry’ explored the fascinating connections between two musical styles and eras, and alongside the works by Glass and Reich, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic performed an orchestral transcription of Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, and Kristjan’s imaginative reworking of Handel concerti grossi, Too Hot to Handel. With characteristic ambition and innovation, the musicians performed the entire programme as an unbroken line of music, interweaving complete works and individual movements with improvised connecting transitions. Moreover, this was all done entirely from memory, as has become the orchestra’s trademark.

Both ‘Divine Geometry’ concerts were sold out, and together attracted a total audience of 2,200. The performance in Merano was the orchestra’s third appearance in as many years at this prestigious music festival in the South Tyrol. At the Usedom Music Festival, where the orchestra has performed every year since its formation in 2008, the concert featured special projection art that enhanced the ‘Divine Geometry’ theme. Writing of the Usedom performance in the Ostsee-Zeitung, Ekkehard Ochs said: ‘Järvi’s concept captivates with its uncompromising approach and music-making that literally delights all the senses. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic can do just anything, and so can Järvi. He is right: his orchestra is more than just an orchestra!’

See photos and video from the ‘Divine Geometry’ concerts on our Facebook page and Instagram


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We’re already excited about the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s next tour, ‘Divine Geometry’, which features concerts at the Merano Music Festival on 20 September and the Usedom Music Festival on 21 September. A fascinating juxtaposition of past and present, ‘Divine Geometry’ mixes Baroque music and American minimalism in a new programme which the orchestra will play from memory. We’ll be performing contemporary arrangements of music by Baroque masters Handel and Bach, along with Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and, at the Usedom Music Festival, the German premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra. This 2018 piece was co-commissioned by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic together with some of the world’s leading orchestras – the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein (pictured above) will join us as soloist in the Glass concerto, a piece that was written especially for her. Having collaborated with Kristjan in a range of musical settings, including with the Absolute Ensemble in New York, she says she is looking forward to making her debut with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic: ‘I’m curious to play with this orchestra that Kristjan created, and experience how different it is from all the other orchestras I’ve played with. It’s usually so exciting and refreshing to work with younger musicians, because they are the most open.’

For more details, and to book tickets, see our concert calendar


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‘Nordic Pulse’, ‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Divine Geometry’ are the three major tours for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi in 2019. Each one promises to be an exhilarating adventure, with new music, new collaborations and a country premiere all part of the excitement. This year will once again see the orchestra performing in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues, including Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Philharmonie in Berlin and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. We’ll also be returning to some of our favourite festivals – the Merano Music Festival in Italy and the Usedom Music Festival in Germany.

Joining us on our ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour in March is Swiss violinist David Nebel, who made his debut with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic last July, and who’ll be performing concertos by Gediminas Gelgotas and Pēteris Vasks this time. Also returning as a soloist is Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen, who’ll be playing no fewer than four pieces with the orchestra on its ‘Midnight Sun’ tour of Germany in June and July. American pianist Simone Dinnerstein makes her debut with us in September, performing Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in ‘Divine Geometry’, a programme exploring the fascinating connections between Baroque music and Minimalism. The ‘Divine Geometry’ concert at the Usedom Music Festival on 21 September will be extra special, as it will include the German premiere of Steve Reich’s 2018 work Music forEnsemble and Orchestra, a piece co-commissioned by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Last November’s experience of performing the entire ‘Waterworks’ programme from memory in Dubai and Abu Dhabi was such a success that the musicians will be playing another full programme by heart this year, on the ‘Midnight Sun’ tour. Memorised performances have become a trademark of the orchestra, and they’ll be more of them to come in 2019.

See our concert calendar at this blog for the latest details about our 2019 tours


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