Midnight Sun

‘Midnight Sun’ is a celebration of nature and Nordic unity. The phenomenon of the sun never setting at night is experienced around the time of the summer solstice in the far north of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia and other countries that straddle the Arctic Circle. ‘It’s a phenomenon that only the populations of the north are favoured with,’ says Kristjan. ‘It unites Nordic communities, and with this musical programme we are reiterating that message of Nordic unity.’

 

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‘Midnight Sun’ opens with Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, his concerto for birds and orchestra that features taped birdsong recorded around the Arctic Circle and in the marshlands of Liminka in northern Finland. Violinist Mari Samuelsen will then join the orchestra to perform Kristjan’s Northern Lights-inspired Aurora, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, Pēteris Vasks’s Vientuļais Eņģelis (Lonely Angel), and Dona Nobis Pacem by Max Richter. ‘Midnight Sun’ climaxes with more magical light, this time courtesy of the mythical Firebird of Russian folklore, in Stravinsky’s 1945 orchestral version of his great ballet The Firebird.

 

 

If you’ve never seen an orchestra perform from memory, these ‘Midnight Sun’ concerts in Berlin and Hamburg will be a revelation. With the music stands gone from the stage, and most of the players standing and free to move, the dynamism of the presentation brings a thrilling extra dimension to the performance.

Midnight Sun

Soloists of the tour

Returning as soloists are Estonian Singer-Song-Writer Mick Pedaja and Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen, who’ll be playing no fewer than four pieces with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic on its ‘Midnight Sun’ tour of Germany in June and July.

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