“Russian Romances and the Poetry of Pushkin”
Elina Netchaeva (soprano)
Johan Randvere (piano)
Russian romance is a blend of wonderful music and exquisite poetry. Unrequited love, inner loneliness, dreams and the joy of long-awaited rendezvous — Russian romance embodies the Russian soul. It laments and regrets, rejoices and suffers, aches for the world and relishes the pain. Yet the music never feels overblown or unconvincing, on the contrary, it is remarkably sincere and suggestive. Between the romances, we hear the timeless verses of Pushkin.
Moscow Baroque Soloists
Iris Oja (mezzo-soprano)
Kirill Ogorodnikov (guitar)
The leader of the Moscow Baroque Soloists and oboist Deniss Golubjov with his band have collaborated with Estonian musicians over the years both in Moscow and Estonia. At this concert, they present a selection of music from the contemporaries of Tchaikovsky. The wonderful voice of Iris Oja sounds at home in Russian music.
Tchaikovsky’s romances, arias and duets
Soloists of Novaya Opera
Dmitri Sibirtsev (piano)
Fortunately for us, the wonderful singers of Novaya Opera showcase their wonderful vocal artistry at the Haapsalu Tchaikovsky Festival more than just at the orchestral performance of the opera “Iolanta”. Theatre director and pianist Dmitri Sibirtsev with the soloists of Novaya Opera perform arias and duets from Russian operas in the assembly hall of the historical Wiedemann Gymnasium (today, Läänemaa Co-Educational Gymnasium), where the atmosphere perfectly supports the spirit of the concert.
The Symphonic Orchestra of the Moscow Novaya Opera
Kalle Randalu is Estonia’s only Tchaikovsky Contest laureate so far. And his rendition of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, which he has not performed in years. In the second part of the concert, we will hear the composer’s most recognised, Sixth Symphony, “Pathetique”. The artist’s creative testament, the work that Tchaikovsky is claimed to have taken the most pride in.
Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor
Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 6 in B minor
Open air performance “Swans”
Estonian National Ballet presents to the audience an arrangement of the famous themes of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” on the lake Väike Viik in Haapsalu. Toomas Edur brought the revised performance to the stage with the Estonian National Ballet less than a year ago. The Haapsalu performance takes place on a water stage built on the lake Väike Viik.
Estonian National Ballet
Stage director Toomas Edur
The show is free of charge for the audience. We expect all the spectators to bring their own blankets and chairs and, of course, to dress according to the weather. If it rains, the performance will be held in the Haapsalu Cultural Center.
Children’s concert “Four Kind Fairies“
Diana Liiv has written the book “Four Kind Fairies” based on Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons”, in which the familiar “Seasons” appear in distinctive instrumental arrangements with introductions to the fairy tale and the orchestral instruments. The pictures in the book and the concert illustrations are drawn by artist Reti Saks.
Diana Liiv (piano) and instrumental soloists
Choreography Helen Veidebaum
Text read by Liina Olmaru
Performed by young talented musicians and dancers from the Tallinn Ballet School and the Tallinn Music High School
The concert is an exciting audio-visual experience for both children and their parents.
The String Orchestra of the Moscow Novaya Opera
Kalle Randalu (piano)
Pianist Kalle Randalu opens the concert with Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Hapsal” — a piece that could be the motto of the festival and that has truly come from the composer’s emotions relating to his time in Haapsalu.
Belonging to the golden string music repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s mighty serenade for the string instruments sounds exactly as the composer had envisioned — with the largest possible string ensemble, powerful and infinitely nuanced.
Tchaikovsky. “Souvenir de Hapsal” op. 2
Tchaikovsky. Serenade for Strings in C major op. 48
Concert performance of the opera „Iolanta” by Tchaikovsky
Concert performance of the rarely performed opera “Iolanta” in the Haapsalu Castle is an exceptional event. The tragic story of a young blind maiden slightly resembles the story of the White Lady, which has been performed by the Dome Church for decades.
“Wonderful taste and sense of completeness”, “enchanting, breathtakingly beautiful orchestral sound”, “true world class professionals” — these are some of the reviews for the Novaya Opera Theatre Orchestra.
The Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Novaya Opera and soloists
Conductor Jan Latham-Koenig
``Tchaikovsky in Jazz``
The melodies of Tchaikovsky are beautiful and unforgettable. Hopefully they will echo in our ears for a long time. The festival closes with a modern jazzy rendition of this timeless music by one of the world’s best jazz clarinettists Antti Sarpila and the best jazz orchestra in Estonia. It would not be superfluous to wear a hat to the swinging Tchaikovsky evening concert in the wonderful Promenade Bandstand.
Music from “The Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker” and “The Sleeping Beauty”
Antti Sarpila (clarinet)
Estonian Dream Big Band