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“Icarus“ by Lera Auerbach Given Finnish Premiere

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Hannu Lintu will perform the Finnish premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Icarus” for orchestra on 20 December 2013. The concert will take place at the “Musiikkitalo” (House of Music) opened in 2011, which forms the music centre of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy, Finland’s  only academy of music.

Lera Auerbach’s “Icarus” refers to the last two movements of her Symphony No. 1 “Chimera” and received its premiere on 18 July 2011 at the Verbier Festival, performed by the Verbier  Festival Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi.

The composer has supplied the following commentary on her work:
“What makes this myth so touching is Icarus’s impatience of the heart, his wish to reach the unreachable, the intensity of the ecstatic brevity of his flight and inevitability of his fall. If Icarus were to fly safely – there would be no myth. His tragic death is beautiful. It also poses a question – from Deadalus’ point of view – how can one distinguish success from failure? Deadalus’ greatest invention, the wings which allowed a man to fly, was his greatest failure as they caused the death of his son. Deadalus was brilliant, his wings were perfect, but he was also a blind father who did not truly understand his child.”

20 December 2013
Musiikkitalo (House of Music), 7 PM
Finnish premiere: Lera Auerbach
“Icarus“ for orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu (direction)


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