Lemminkäinen

MD Series 3

Lemminkäinen


2018-03-23 Fri 19:30National Concert Hall 400 700 1000 1200 1500 2000
SHAO-CHIA LÜ, conductor
PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

CHUN-WEI LEE: A Collection of Rice Fantasies (commissioned by the NSO, world primere)
BÉLA BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119, BB 127, E Major
JEAN SIBELIUS: Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22

Get ready for an extraordinary musical adventure. The four Legends Sibelius wrote about Lemminkäinen collectively have the power and impact of a major symphony. Lemminkäinen is the great hero of Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala. In these Legends Sibelius evokes vast northern forests, dusky psychological landscapes, monolithic visions, powerful supernatural forces, and superhuman exploits. If this is unfamiliar music to you, be prepared to be mightily impressed! The program opens with Fabio Lee’s musical tribute to a staple of our diet – rice in its many forms, from seedling to harvest. This is followed by one of Bartók’s most audience-friendly compositions, his Third Piano Concerto, music of open-air freshness, lyricism, ebullient moods and air of elegant simplicity.