España! Concierto de Aranjuez, El Amor Brujo & Turia
This year, the composer Joaquín Rodrigo, who created the as yet unsurpassed Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, would turn 120 years old. We celebrate this with conductor Christian Karlsen and guitarist Jacob Kellermann - both Grammy Award winners! - who together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra give us their version of Rodrigo's fantastic masterpiece. Music that reflects the Spanish culture: the landscape, the food, the passion - everything that conveys to us the image of Spain. Concierto de Aranjuez also sincerely shapes the soul of the guitar and the melody of the intermediate movement goes straight to the heart.Program
Concierto de Aranjuez - A tribute to Joaquín Rodrigo 120 years
El amor Brujo - passionate music by Manuel De Falla
Turia - guitar concert by acclaimed Francisco Coll (premiere version for orchestra)Participants
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Swedish wind instruments under the direction of Christian Karlsen
Guitarist: Jacob Kellermann, Sweden
Violin: Leticia Moreno, Spain
Song: Carina Vinke
Spain is the cultural outsider who was eventually liberated from the Moors and became a symbol of the exotic, erotic and mysterious. And the guitar is the instrument that forms the very image of Spain.
This year, the composer Joaquín Rodrigo, who created the as yet unsurpassed Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, would turn 120 years old. We celebrate this with conductor Christian Karlsen and guitarist Jacob Kellermann - both Grammy Award winners! - which together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra gives us its version of Rodrigo's fantastic masterpiece. Music that reflects the Spanish culture: the landscape, the food, the passion - everything that conveys to us the image of Spain. Concierto de Aranjuez also sincerely shapes the soul of the guitar and the melody of the intermediate movement goes straight to the heart.
One of Spain's greatest musical profiles is Manuel de Falla. In his El amor brujo - The magic power of love - there is fire, the melodic richness, the typically Spanish timbres but also distinctly Roman features. De Falla, like so many composers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was fascinated by Roma culture. El amor brujo is originally ballet music but also contains song and was written for the acclaimed flamenco dancer Pastora Imperio. We recognize the famous ritual fire dance, one of Manuel de Falla's most famous orchestral movements.
Central to the program is also music by the Spanish composer Francisco Coll, who with his sonorously imaginative and melodically rich music has taken the position as one of Spain's most prominent and sought-after composers today. His new guitar concerto - Turia - is named after the river in Valencia and was originally written in 2017. Before the concert in Uppsala, the composer reworked the work for guitar and orchestra and the new version gets its premiere here. Turia is a very special river that does not contain water, but gardens, fountains, cafes and an opera house. "Flamenco music is very present on the surface, but filtered through my sonorous imagination," says Francisco Coll about his new guitar concerto.Jacob Kellermann
Jacob Kellermann has established himself as one of Sweden's most active, young guitarists. He works as a soloist and chamber musician, especially in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and his repertoire often focuses on his own transcriptions. In 2021, he was awarded a Grammy for best classical album together with conductor Christian Karlsen!
Jacob has performed at Konserthus and festivals such as Prinzregententheater and Gasteig Munchen, Seoul Art Center, Brucknerhaus - Linz, Musikgebouw Amsterdam, Musikaliska Stockholm, Gotland Chamber Music Festival, Båstad Kammarmusikfestival and Mikulov guitar festival. His concerts have been broadcast on Radio and TV in Sweden (P1, SVT), Germany (BR) and South Korea (Arte tv, KBS).
Together with violinist Daniel Migdal, he has toured all over Sweden as a duo KeMi. After participating in "Young and Promising 2009" in 2009, they received in 2010 in competition with ensembles from 17 different countries the very prestigious first prize in "Aschaffenburg Internationalen Wettbewerb für Kammermusik mit Gitarre" which is the most important international chamber music competition for chamber music with guitar.
Christian Karlsen, conductor, is one of Sweden's most acclaimed music profiles. He won a Grammy for best classical album in 2021 together with guitarist Jacob Kellermann and in 2021 has also participated in SVT's program Kontrapunkt.
He is critically acclaimed for his Haydn and Mozart interpretations, but has a strong focus on contemporary music. Already as a 20-year-old he collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen and has since worked with most of the world's foremost composers, including polar prize winners Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho and Sofia Gubaidulina.
He regularly conducts top orchestras in Sweden and internationally.
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (TCO) was founded in 1993 by the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. Over the past three decades, it has become one of Estonia's signature orchestras and a welcome guest on many stages in Europe and around the world. TCO has received recognition for its style-sensitive game and its brilliant interpretations. The orchestra's repertoire ranges from baroque and vienna classicism to romance and music from the 20th and 2000s.
Alto Carina Vinke (Netherlands) has won critical praise for the strikingly dark qualities of her voice and for her dramatic talent. She is a frequently hired soloist performing opera, oratorio, songs and contemporary music in her home country as well as abroad. Her long list of merits includes recurring collaborations with Christian Karlsen, such as performances of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Hans Werner Henze's Voices and Turnage’s Twice through the heart. Carina has also been featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts in the Netherlands and abroad.
Leticia Moreno is internationally renowned for her natural charisma and unique ability to load music with intensity and expressiveness. She was born in Spain and has strong ties with Latin America. She regularly visits the world's major concert stages and orchestras and collaborates with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Jarvi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Her latest album, released on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon, with music by Piazzolla was played in the legendary Abbey Road studio in London and in the Emil Berliner Studio in Berlin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. At the same company, she has recently released two more albums, one with Dmitri Shostakovich's first violin concerto and Spanish music by mixed Sarasate, Lorca, Granados and de Falla - Spanish Landscapes.
Leticia Moreno has studied for Zakhar Bron, Maxim Vengerov and Mstislav Rostropovich in Madrid, at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne and at the Guildhall School in London. She has also won several international violin competitions such as Szeryng, Concertino Praga, Novosibirsk, Sarasate and Kreisler. She has also been selected as the Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organization - ECHO.