Olli Viraperko – Ground Upon Open Strings (version for kantale)
* Compositieopdracht November Music
The concert of the kantele player Eija Kankaanranta and the soprano Aino Peltomaa is a collaboration between De Link and the November Music festival. Their Finnish homeland is emphatically present in this programma. Kankaanranta will perform to pieces by composers from her homeland. Hannu Saha wrote the gentle Arndt to commemorate one of the first conscientious objectors in the country. Ground upon open strings by Olli Virtaperko, who used to be a baroque cellist and a rock singer, is based on elements from Renaissance music. Croniques l’exil by the Swiss composer Willy Merz is thematically related to Arndt. Both pieces reflect on the consequences of a bellicose view of the world. In a duet with Aino Peltomaa she will perform Kulta, in which contrasting styles come together. Fourteenth century hymns from Finnish convents and Karelian dances start a trip around folk melodies and improvisations, which may follow different routes in the concerts of the duo. Kulta may be translated as ‘darling’ or ‘gold’, and combines the theme of love in many folk songs and the sparkle of bright sunlight on church bells and the transparence of tranquil lakes. The texts speak of sorrow, the loss of a loved one, but also of the healing power and the mental poise that nature can offer.