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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Lahti 2012 Reply with quote

Is anyone in Lahti for the festival this weekend?

I assume Andrew B is ... anyone else?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I attended as did Inksibnut who is probably not home yet and Andrew are the known regular Forum participants.

My own highlight was the Press celebrations music in the the first half of the Friday night concert but all three nights concerts excellant.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came home to Singapore last Thursday, but alas, I've left my heart in Finland!

It was an extraordinary journey and a great, great pleasure to have met all of you and experienced Sibelius together, in Lahti and at Ainola!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you had a few beers!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were indeed quite a few Forumites in Lahti and we certainly enjoyed it. The programmes - lots of patriotic music as the main focus - have been listed elsewhere on the Forum so I'll not repeat that list here.

Here, then, is a reaction... First of all the orchestra played with MUCH more enthusiasm than last time I heard them (May). Wearing my critical hat: with a couple of new first violinists (incl. leader), the string tone wasn't as blended or well balanced as usual; the flute intonation was in general disappointing; and at the Friday concert I didn't find the YL choir in especially good form, either intonation-wise or ensemble-wise.

The interpretations were pretty good too. Okko can certainly find his way intuitively around a Sibelius score - indeed the only piece to sound a bit approximate, in interpretative terms, was Sandels. Quite an achievement bearing in mind that many of the pieces were new to him. Athénarnes sång was played surprisingly slowly and gently: an attempt to turn this (if you'll forgive me) rather dreadful piece of strophic rabble-rousing into real music.

Highlights were probably the Wood-Nymph (he even made the notorious 'quiet' ending of the JSW score work effectively), Karelia Suite (Alla marcia started sedately but towards the end there was a sudden increase in energy [not tempo!] that was quite spectacular), The Captive Queen (just for once not rushed) and En saga (steady in tempo but hypnotic in effect - with a spectacular bass drum!).

Also - somewhere between outstanding and phenomenal - was the piano recital by Henri Sigfridsson. I'd never heard any pianist even attempt to play the Allegro part of Finlandia in tempo... well, I have now! (one especially hair-raising bar was for me the jaw-dropper of the whole festival.) The Sunday morning theatrical production with songs was OK - well acted but a few of the song performances were technically very fallible.

Add in a good dose of Sibelian socializing with friends old and new and you end up with a rather nice way to mark the transition from a wet and cool summer to a wet and cool autumn.

P.S. to EsaTero: Greetings from Brighton and yes, a few beers were most certainly and enthusiastically consumed, as was the famous pepper steak at the El Toro restaurant Smile

P.P.S. Next year: 5th-8th September, focus on the theatre music.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inksibnut wrote:
I came home to Singapore last Thursday, but alas, I've left my heart in Finland!


So I've done a little detective work ... Inksibnut is a very active writer on Sibelius, I have read many of his articles over the years without making the connection to "our" Inksibnut.

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for a new thread where I would like to acknowledge his work.
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