ERSO: Roman Matsov 100


May 5, 2017 at 12 am — Estonia Concert Hall (pre-concert talk and chamber performance)
May 5, 2017 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall
4th concert of the ENSO 90 series

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 arranged for clarinet by Mikhail Pletnev (1806)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (1877–78)

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of ENSO’s former principal conductor, Roman Matsov, will feature music written by two composers that were very significant to him: Ludwig van Beethoven and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

The link between Roman Matsov and ENSO lasted much longer than the 13 seasons when he was its principal conductor. It began in 1938, when he became a violinist in what was then the Sympho­ny Orchestra of the State Broadcasting Company (now ENSO). During World War II, he conducted an orchestra consisting of musicians who had evacuated to Yaroslavl behind the lines on the Soviet side, and from autumn 1944, he was back in Tallinn as a conductor. From 1950–1963 he was the principal conductor of the Estonian Ra­dio Symphony Orchestra (now ENSO), and from 1963–1988 a regular conductor of the orchestra. Roman Matsov gave his last full-length concert with ENSO on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Despite the Soviet repertoire policy, Roman Matsov managed to perform several religious vocal symphonic compositions by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. In particular ENSO was the first in the Soviet Union to perform many works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Orff and other 20th-century composers. After premières in Leningrad or Moscow, Shostakovich’s symphonies were often played for the second or third time in Tallinn. Matsov actively promoted Estonian music, performing and recording the works of Eller, Tamberg, Ilves, Rääts, Pärt and others.

“Roman Matsov was one of those conductors with a very strong mission. He would have been a perfect match with Wagner, Liszt, and other 19th century masters, for whom making music was not the end, but the means. He always said, ‘A musician has to want to change the world, and to react adequately to what is happening in society’, when ever he spoke of Shostakovich.” (Toomas Vavilov, a student of Roman Matsov’s)

Pre-concert at 6 pm
The string quartet Prezioso, comprised of Han­na-Liis Nahkur (I violin), Mari-Katrina Suss (II vi­olin), Helena Altmanis (viola) and Andreas Lend (cello) will perform one of Roman Matsov’s fa­vourite pieces, the quartet arrangement of the Allegretto of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The musicologist Maia Lilje and the clarinetist and conductor Toomas Vavilov will talk about the life and work of the legendary conductor.

ERSO: Roman Matsov 100

Estonia kontserdisaal, Tallinn
Fri 05.05.2017 - 19:00 / 16.00 - 50.00 €