How on earth do you choose which of the 70+ Kuhmo Chamber Music events to go to? Once again we have drawn up a list of recommendations to help you – especially if you are a first-timer – find something suitable. The list covers the whole of the two-week festival.
There is so much to choose from at Kuhmo Chamber Music! Our list begins with the first concert, on the City theme, on 10.7. and ends with Astor Piazzolla’s opera Maria de Buenos Aires on the last day, 23.7. In between you will find everything from the complete Shostakovich string quartet cycle to an absolute Kuhmo “must” each summer: Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet. This summer we also recommend a whole day, Monday 11.7. – a profound drama lasting from morning till night. We have omitted from the list any concerts that were already sold out on 1.4.
Recommendations for first-timers
All the Shostakovich string quartets, performed by the Danel Quartet over two weeks. Wow!
Tchaikovsky’s always delightful Souvenir de Florence and Goebbels’ not so well-known but just as interesting Surrogate Cities.
Whole day 11.7. – concerts 3–7
A profound drama.
The Forbidden City: Chinese atmosphere, instruments and players.
The festival’s biggest and smallest ensembles – from a soloist to a symphony orchestra. Ysaÿe’s wild Solo Violin Sonata performed by Frédéric Moreau and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with Nino Gvetadze as the soloist.
Birds. And the Carnival of the Animals comes to town.
When two familiar melodies travel round the world.
Three major, moving quartets.
The monumental Brahms Clarinet Quintet and other Romantic strains.
An intimate concert of Bach at the Chapel for a quiet end to the day.
Beethoven’s rage may take you by surprise! Some fascinating facts about how works came to be composed, to say nothing of music!
Something new and different. Seldom-heard music for percussion.
Schubert’s glorious, beautiful Trout Quintet.
A real treasure for anyone fond of piano music.
A perfect start to the day – listening to Bach.
Two chamber music gems by Dvořák in one and the same concert.
Fast, full of feeling and exotic!
Russian sentiment in works by Tchaikovsky.
The Kremlin calls! Valeria Resjan is the soloist in a Mozart Piano Concerto.
A chance for the double bass to show off in Mozart’s aria “Per questa bella mano”, and the Rakastava suite by Sibelius.
Maria de Buenos Aires raises the temperature at Kuhmo in steamy Argentine style.
Kuhmo Chamber Music, tel. 08 652 0936