Tuesday 24 August 2021

Baltic Sea Philharmonic: a new disc of music by Max Richter and Nordic Swans concert tour

Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Baltic Sea Philharmonic

This Summer and Autumn, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi are really stretching their wings after a long period of lockdown. The orchestra has just released a new disc, Exiles on Deutsche Grammophon of music by Max Richter, and is about to embark on a new concert tour, Nordic Swans.

Exiles features Max Richter's new large orchestral versions of chamber music or other smaller pieces, alongside two works written specially for the disc, Exiles (which explores the tragedy of the migrant crisis) and Flowers of Herself. Many of the pieces on the disc originally come from stage works, such as Woolf Works which was written for the Wayne McGregord and the Royal Ballet, and Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s ballet Singulière Odyssée.

The selection of music has been thoughtfully matched to the orchestra's ethos, Richter explains "Baltic Sea Philharmonic is a really interesting orchestra. It consists of young players from all the nations around the Baltic Sea so that obviously includes former Western European countries, former Eastern European countries, so it’s a little bit of a social project. It has this ‘peacemaking’ function, people being able to talk to each other in a creative way. It struck me that it would be nice to have that orchestra play music that matched that theme."

Further information about Exiles.

The orchestra's Nordic Swans tour features music by Arvo Pärt and Sibelius alongside Kristjan Järvi's Tchaikovsky arrangement, Swan Lake - Dramatic symphony, performing in Italy (Verona & Merano), Slovenia (Lubljana), Germany (Peenemünde) and Poland (Szczecin). The young musicians perform the programme from memory, and thus able to move freely without the constraints of music stands and scores the programme features specially devised choreography and dynamic lighting.

Full details from the orchestra's website.

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