5 November
Tobias Borsboom – piano
Tosca Opdam – violin
Pamela Smits – cello

A Finnish evening that warms the heart! In his youth, Jean Sibelius spent summer vacations on the islands of the Finnish archipelago, such as the little islet of Hafträsk. He wrote this trio for his also very musical siblings to play with. A happy time! Malinconia, on the other hand, was a cry from the heart written after his daughter Kirsti died in a typhus epidemic. 

During the intermission you can enjoy the taste of Finland in the amber liqueur called Lakka. Lakka (Finnish for cloudberries) is considered a symbol of Finland. It is made from the hand-picked saffron-colored wild cloudberry, grown in pure Nordic nature and from the Arctic brambleberry. 

And there is even more beauty from Finland to discover! Esa-Pekka Salonen based his work Lachen Verlernt (Laughing Unlearnt) on a story in which the narrator declares that she has unlearnt the skill of laughing and begs the “soul” doctor to give it back to her. Aarre Merikanto's late romantic trio is truly a discovery! This early work premiered 20 years after its creation, but the score was subsequently lost. It was only found again in the late 1980s and it is beautiful! An evening full of Finnish adventures.

Finnish Cloudberries

Jean Sibelius
Piano trio in A minor 'Hafträsk', JS 207

Jean Sibelius
Water Droplets (Vattendroppar) for violin and cello

Jean Sibelius
Lulu Waltz for cello and piano

Jean Sibelius
Malinconia Opus 20 for cello and piano

– Intermission –

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Lachen verlernt, for solo violin

Aarre Merikanto
Piano trio in A minor

Prices for this event:
Box office: € 25
Presale: € 22,50
Registered Friends: € 17,50

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