Season concert

States Of Minds


03.02. 19.00

Madetoja Hall


Rumon Gamba


Torleif Thedeén cello

Concert program

Jean Sibelius: En Saga, Op. 9
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 107

Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

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In 1959, after the Soviet ban on his music had been lifted, Shostakovich could finally compose a cello concerto to his own liking. Written for the extraordinary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, his composition became one of the most striking cornerstones of cello literature. The 1994 recording of Shostakovich’s cello concerto by tonight’s soloist Torleif Thedéen continues to be regarded as an unbeatable interpretation of this work.

Music starts where words end. This Midnight Hour, a cinematic work by the contemporary composer Anna Clyne, takes us on a journey beyond description into the universe behind two lines of poetry that well up from the darkness of midnight. In his opera Peter Grimes, Benjamin Britten gave vent to his love for the maritime scenes of his home region. Jean Sibelius remained silent over the tragic moments of his life, but they inspired him to create one of his psychologically most profound compositions, “an expression of a state of mind”: the symphonic poem En Saga.


Duration about 1 h 45 min including intermission.

Tickets: 29/24/14€ including service fee.
Free entry to the concert for Kaikukortti holders (limited amount, must be purchased in advance from Oulu10 service point).

Prices include service fee. Order fee 1 €/order will be added (excluding Kaikukortti tickets).

Head start in Restaurant Preludi at 18.30. Discussion of the forthcoming concert.

Listen in advance