Sounds of Nature

10th October (Thursday), 7 pm - Chamber Hall of CKK Jordanki
Sounds of Nature – chamber concerto
Tickets: 25/20 (BUY TICKET)

Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Finland) – baroque violin
Matias Häkkinen (Finland) – harpsichord

Kreeta-Maria Kentala´s home town Kaustinen has a long tradition as a folk music town. The thriving tar trade in the 1700s and the nearby Kokkola harbour brought wealth into the region, as well as contacts with European culture and music. Some of the earliest written documentation of violin playing in Kaustinen can be found in the local church register, where it is stated that Juho Mikonpoika Kentala and Mats Wentberg have been accused of playing at a dance on a Sunday, Wentberg in 1771 and Kentala in 1780. Pelimanni music, which means folk playing in Finnish, accompanied the wedding ceremonies which often went on as long as three days, and which culminated in the purppuri, a social dance in many parts which could take hours to dance through with a large group of wedding guests. The Borgå-Bladet newspaper from Southern Finland wrote in 1868 that “Kaustinen is the home of music”, and the article in question described the Kaustinen kantele playing tradition and its most famous representative, Kreeta Haapasalo.

Probably the folk music of Kaustinen has it´s roots in the time of Baroque music, when the popular dances were traveling fast from courts to streets and vice versa.  It is easy to find similarities between these two traditions: the dance groove, ornamentation, snappy articulation in the fast movements and similar slur patterns.

Kreeta-Maria descends from folk music families from both her parents’ sides and she  learned the traditional Kaustinen pelimanni tunes by ear when she was still young. During her career as a baroque violinist she has played in many different concerts where Baroque music and folk music have been combined.

Matias Häkkinen is a harpsichordist with background and experience in many roles and styles of music. In this programme he is bringing baroque harmony and phrasing to folk music tunes and on the other hand mirroring  elegant French harpsichord school to sounds of nature and perhaps even folkish way of playing. 

In this program the common denominator is the nature, which has inspired both the folk fiddlers and Baroque composers.  Enjoy the trip in from Finnish pinewood to the Bohemian farm house and from scenic hillsides to heavens!

Johann Jakob Froberger – Chemin Montagneux (Promenade on the Hills)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – Sonata Cu Cu
François Couperin – Les Sylvains (Forest Gnomes)
Finnish traditional Leivosen polska (Little Bird’s polska)
Marco Uccellini – Sonata ’La Luciminia Contenta’ (Happy Luciminia)
Konsta Jylhä – Metsämarssi (Forest March)
François Couperin – Le Moucheron (Little Bird)
Viljami Niittykoski – Luonnon ääniä (Sounds of Nature)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Sonata Representativa
Otto Hotakainen – Koukkulammin polkka (Polka from Koukkulammi)
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer – Prélude and Courante d’Uranie (Muse of Astronomy)
Finnish traditional – Himlens polska (Polska from Heaven)
Antonio Pandolfi Mealli – Sonata opus 3 no. 1 La Stella (The Star)