XV TALLINN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 21st – 30th of August 2019
27th of August at 7 PM
A HISTORICAL MUSICAL HERITAGE
Gitta-Maria Sjöberg (soprano, Denmark),
Tobias van der Pals (cello, Sweden/Denmark),
Polina Fradkina (piano, Russia)
Tickets 7€ / 12€
KAVA / PROGRAMME
Matti Borg (*1956)
– 3 laulu tsüklist ”8 Morgensange” (sõnad / lyrics B. J. Hansen), (2017) / 3 songs from ”8 Morgensange”
1. Sa annad mulle oma väikese sõrme / Du rækker mig en lillefinger / You’re giving me your little finger
5. Jälle olen rõõmus / Igen er jeg munter / Again I’m happy
6. Sa oled varajane hommik merel / Din tidlige morgen ved havet / Your early morning at the sea
Leopold van der Pals (1884-1966)
– Eleegia / Elegy Op. 27
– Aeglane valss / Slow Waltz Op. 80 No. 4
– Varakevad / Early Spring Op. 15 No. 1
– Öine laulmine / Night Singing (Goethe) Op. 57
Kim Borg (1919-2000)
– 3 romanssi J. L. Runebergi luuletustele / 3 Romances to poems by J. L. Runeberg Op. 35 (1988)
1. Ainus hetk / Den enda stunden / The only moment
2. Liblikapost / Fjärilposten / The Butterflypost
3. Tüdruk viiuldab suvisel pööripäeval / Flickan knyter i Johannenatten / The girl is fiddling at midsummer night
Israel Finkelshtein (1910-1987)
– Aaria tšellole ja klaverile / Aria for Cello and Piano
– 2 vene laulu / 2 russiske sange / 2 Russian songs:
1. Kirsipuude langevad õied (sõnad S. Yesenin) / The Cherrytrees snowing flowers (lyrics S. Yesenin)
2. Hetk (sõnad Vadim Schefner) / The Moment (lyrics Vadim Schefner)
Leopold van der Pals
– Öö hääled / Voices of the Night, Op. 15 No. 4
– 2 laulu / 2 Songs from Op. 114 (R. M. Rilke)
1. Veneetsia IV / Venedig IV / Venice IV
2. Veneetsia III / Venedig III / Venice III
A MUSICAL HERITAGE
Celebrating the centenary of world-famous opera singer and composer Kim Borg, the artists perform works by their relatives: Kim Borg (1919-2000), Matti Borg (1956), Leopold van der Pals (1884-1966), and Israel Finkelshtein (1910-1987).
has an incredible soprano voice, which has made her a highly cherished and wanted guest singer all over the world. Her versatility is extraordinary. She masters both lyric and highly dramatic parts giving her characters sublime inner life and complexity. Her range covers a broad repertoire of roles such as Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Mimi, Desdemona, Amelia, Leonora, Arabella, Sieglinde, Brangaene, Rusalka, Katerina Ismailova, Kostelnicka and Emilia Marty. For the latter, she was named singer of the year by leading German critics. Recently she was invited to open the Janácek Festival in Brno in the role of Emilia Marty in “Vec Makropulos”, and the reviews were overflowing with success. The performance was recorded and was aired in The European Radio, on Czechish TV and the show was awarded first prize for the best production of an opera in Czech Republic. In 2017 and 2018 she sang the role of “The Mother” in the premiere of Louise Alenius’ successful opera “Silent Zone” at the Copenhagen Opera Festival. G.-M. Sjöberg received her education from the Opera Academy in Copenhagen where she was trained and coached by the great Finnish bass singer and professor Kim Borg. Nowadays she is often also asked to sit in jury’s for young singers competitions and big foundations. For 10 years already she shares her experiences and teaches many masterclasses every year around the world, invited to teach at festivals, Music Academy’s and Opera-Academy’s Studios for young promising talents who benefit from her coaching and large experience. Among her many masterclasses in 2019 she coached the Singers in the Nordic Masterclass for conductors and singers with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra and Jorma Panula. The large interest she has for lieder and songs inspired her to establish a new festival in Sweden called “Nordic Song Festival”, which had its successful opening in the summer of 2014. The festival consists of a mix of masterclasses, concerts and artistic research. Nordic Song Festival is growing with great success and she bids you “Welcome to Nordic Song Festival in Trollhättan, Sweden in August 9 – 17 2019!” Among her many records and publications, you’ll find “Verdi & Puccini Arias”, “15 Songs by Gustaf Fröding” and “Nordic Winter Christmas Songs”. Her portrayal of the demonic and yet tragic role of Kostelnicka at Malmö Opera’s rendition of Jenufa in 2011 was praised by Opera News as one of the best ever made and is available on DVD from ArtHaus Musik. In the spring of 2019 a new recording of Russian and Danish Songs with the Russian pianist Polina Fradkina was released. Since March 2013 G.-M. Sjöberg is the Chairman of the Birgit Nilsson Society. She has received many awards, a. o. the Birgit Nilsson Award and has been Knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark giving her the title of Knight of Dannebrog first grade.
has studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Piteå and the Royal Academy of Music, London. At the final exam in London, he was awarded the highest grade, “distinction” and “DipRAM” – the Royal Academy of Music’s highest award for solo performance. In 2008, he won the Royal Danish Academy of Music’s cello competition and in 2009 T. van der Pals performed his debut concert, for which he exclusively received enthusiastic reviews. The concert was broadcasted by Danmarks Radio P2. T. van der Pals has participated in a large number of master classes and has performed at a large number of international festivals. He has received numerous honors, artist scholarships and grants. As a soloist, T. van der Pals has performed with orchestras, choirs, solo works and with chamber ensembles in a large part of the world. He has recorded for Danmarks Radio and BBC and participated in a large number of other CD recordings. Tobias has worked in the KGL Chapel, Malmö, and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active chamber musician and since 2000 he has worked as a freelance musician in professional orchestras in Copenhagen and southern Sweden. At this time, T. van der Pals teaches cello at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
performs as a piano soloist in Russia and abroad – Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania, Israel, Finland and Italy. A major part of her repertoire is academic classical music, often in paradoxical mix with other modern styles. She collaborates with many modern composers, who write music for her personally. P. Fradkina has participated in international musical festivals. She has performed at concerts of Association for Contemporary Music and was nominated for the ”St. Petersburg AvantGarde 2010” award. Her records and concerts are broadcasted on radio and TV stations. She had the honour to perform for the Queen of Denmark while her Majesty visited St. Petersburg. P. Fradkina started her musical education at the age of five, when she entered Musical Lyceum of St. Petersburg Conservatoire in the piano class, after that graduated from St. Petersburg State Conservatoire and Postgraduated Doctorial Course and Music Academy of Tel-Aviv University. She was a stipendiary of Israeli-American Cultural Found. P. Fradkina taught piano master classes in Denmark and St. Petersburg Academy of Culture.
”… Listening to Polina Fradkina play, you feel deep satisfaction – that’s how we are talking among each other, if our emotions can be translated into the words of music. Polina is a truly St. Petersburg musician, her creative work combines such St. Petersburg traditions as classicism, elegant epatage, revolutionary character, sense of philosophical truth”.
Rosbalt News Agency
”… Bright and talented pianist, possesses multicoloured musical palette, strong intellectual with a high quality of intelligence”.
Saint-Petersburg Classic Magazine