• Wed. 26.01.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Die Glocke
  • For this event the 2G plus rule applies

Finnish Potpourri

Works by Mozart, Rantala, Sibelius and others

Concert evenings with multi-talent Iiro Rantala promise one thing for sure: brilliant entertainment! The long-time friend of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, classically trained jazz pianist and composer brings two stars from his native Finland to the premiere of his double concerto: versatile soloist Minna Pensola and her husband and quartet partner Antti Tikkanen, who will conduct the performance.

Rantala’s double concerto reflects its composer’s relaxed attitude towards genre boundaries.

Here, you’ll discover elements of tango and waltz, jazz and classical music; everything is possible, but nothing sounds random. Rantala comments: »The simple message is that people should enjoy their time on this earth more …«

In the second part of the concert, the Nordic guests take us on a journey from the folkloristic aspects of Mozart to the world of the Finnish tango and together with the orchestra present a colourful potpourri of musical highlights.

Please note: this event is subject to the 2G plus rule. Admission is restricted to those who have fully vaccinated or recovered status and can also present a negative test result.

Should the concerts have to be cancelled, which we do not currently expect, you will of course receive a refund.

Tickets: for subscription holders, from Monday 10.01, available for general purchase from Monday 17.01.

Programme

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
    • Overture to ›Die Entführung aus dem Serail‹ K 384
    • Iiro Rantala (*1970)
    • ›The Joy of Life‹ Double concerto for violin and orchestra
    • Toivo Kärki (1915 – 1992)
    • Siks oon mä suruinen
    • Olavi Virta (1915 – 1972)
    • Punatukkaiselle tytölleni
    • Iiro Rantala
    • Tango Ouh
    • Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    • Valse triste op. 44
    • Toivo Kuula (1883 – 1918)
    • Two Finnish Polskas
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 5 in A major K 219, III. Rondo
    • Iiro Rantala
    • Another Ragtime
    • Iiro Rantala
    • Seven o'Clock Ouverture

Concertmaster and director

Antti Tikkanen

Piano

Iiro Rantala

This multiple award-winning pianist, born in 1970, is considered as a »natural phenomenon on the keys« (Jazzthing). Iiro Rantala is a singular master of his instrument, able to expertly combine virtuosity with intelligence, emotion and humour.

Rantala studied Jazz Piano at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, as well as classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. In his home country, he is a superstar and musical ambassador with his own television programme. However, this excellent all-rounder is well-known far beyond the borders of Scandinavia, having won an Echo Jazz in the category ›Best International Pianist‹. His very own Trio Töykeät, with whom he also played until 2006, has given 2,300 concerts in over 40 countries and, with his surprising ideas, has turned many genres – particularly the tango – completely upside down.

In addition, Rantala has composed for numerous theatre pieces, musicals and feature films and since 2011 has been at the helm of the Jazz Piano Festival in Kapsäkki. Alongside his work for fim, television, radio and also as solo artist, Rantala has also produced several great albums; the album ›Lost Heroes‹ released in 2011 was celebrated by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as a »masterpiece« and the German Record Critics’ Award was only one of several prestigious awards it received. He has also won prizes for his concept albums, which deal with both the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the work of John Lennon.

Violin

Minna Pensola

Concertmaster and director

Antti Tikkanen

Violin

Minna Pensola