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Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Helsinki baroque orchestra

Founded in 1997, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is a new-generation line-up offering its audiences a chance to enjoy Early Music in a fresh, distinctive presentation. The use of period instruments is part of the orchestra's striving to discover new perspectives on the performance of old masterworks in a communicative way.

Aapo Häkkinen started out as Artistic Director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra in 2003. His authoritative knowledge and personal vision have clearly profiled the orchestra, and it has become one of the most interesting ensembles in Finnish musical life today. In 2009 Riccardo Minasi took the position of Associate Director.

The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra has appeared at the London Wigmore Hall, the Cologne Philharmonie, and at the Helsinki, Turku, Vantaa, Bruges, Bayreuth, Dresden, Göttingen, Schwetzingen, Stockholm, Palermo, Estella, Brežice, Zagreb, Varaždin, and Varna music festivals. Soloists and guest directors have included Enrico Baiano, Frieder Bernius, Fiorenza De Donatis, Pia Freund, Patrick Gallois, Reinhard Goebel, Monica Groop, Pierre Hantaï, Paul Hillier, Erich Höbarth, Ian Honeyman, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, María Cristina Kiehr, Anu Komsi, Manfredo Kraemer, Topi Lehtipuu, Enrico Onofri, Susanne Rydén, Céline Scheen, Skip Sempé, and Dmitry Sinkovsky.

The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra has recorded for Alba Records (Monteverdi, 2004) and for Naxos (Richter symphonies, 2007 & 2009).


Conductor Aapo Häkkinen

Aapo Hakkinen

Aapo Häkkinen (1976) began his musical education as a chorister at the Helsinki Cathedral. He took up the harpsichord at the age of thirteen, studying with Elina Mustonen and Olli Porthan (organ) at the Sibelius Academy in his native city. From 1995 to 1998 he studied at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory with Bob van Asperen, and from 1996 to 2000 with Pierre Hantaï in Paris. Immediately after obtaining his soloist's diploma in 1998, he won second prize at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition. He was also awarded the Norddeutscher Rundfunk special prize Musikpreis 1997 for his interpretations of Italian music. Aapo Häkkinen has appeared as soloist and conductor in most European countries and in Mexico. He has recorded for the labels Aeolus, Alba, Avie, Cantus, Deux-Elles, and Naxos. Besides the harpsichord, he regularly performs on the organ and on the clavichord. He teaches at the Sibelius Academy and at international master classes.

Teppo Lampela (countertenor)

Teppo Lampela (1969) has studied singing at Sibelius Academy with Marjut Hannula and in master classes with Evelyn Tubb, Michael Fields, Andreas Scholl, Kevin Smith, Carl Høgset and Oren Brown. In 2005, he won first prize at the Lohja Tenor Competition in Finland.
To the Finns, Lampela is a well known performer of music by J.S. Bach, Handel, Pergolesi, Buxtehude and Arvo Pärt. On stage, he has appeared as Apollo in the Finnish premiere of W.A. Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus at Sibelius Academy and as Oberon in B. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stadia Opera in Helsinki. In autumn 2005, he sang in Stockholm in Bach’s Mass in B Minor under the baton of Fredrik Malmberg and in Helsinki in the concert of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) among others. His wide repertoire of alto solo’s include the most important church music works: J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Mass in B Minor, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio as well as numerous cantatas, G. F. Handel’s oratorios Messiah and Jephtha, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in G major and Mass in D minor. Other important solo work includes Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, D. Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri and many early baroque cantatas.
Teppo Lampela has appeared as a soloist with many choirs and many of the most important orchestras in Finland. He has sung in the Radio Chamber Choir between 1993 and 2005 and in several operatic productions in the extra choir of the Finnish National Opera. He has also performed as a baritone soloist in many church music works. His vocal talent and musicality have made him into a much sought-after vocal, vocal interpretation and ensemble singing coach. He has also lent his voice to many animated films at the Finnish Broadcasting Company. In addition, Lampela has acted as producer for many acclaimed recordings, for example, Mysterium and Gravity with the Lumen Valo vocal ensemble, Maailma jääkukkien takana with the KYL Male Choir and Salvat 1701 with the Tapiola Chamber Choir. Teppo Lampela’s own recordings include the aforementioned St. John Passion by Arvo Pärt with the Candomino Choir for Finlandia Records.

Programma

Musica Baltica
Late 17th century music from the Uppsala Düben collection

I
Kaspar FÖRSTER (1616-1673, Copenhagen/Danzig)
Laudate Dominum (Danzig, 1663-64)

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (?1637-1707, Lübeck)
Jubilate Domino (BuxWV 64)

Anon (Riga)
Fantazia

Johann Valentin MEDER (1649-1719, Reval/Danzig/Riga)
Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht (Reval, 1679)

Andreas KIRCHOFF (c.1635-1691, Copenhagen)
Suite a 4 (1664)
Praeludium - Allemand - Courant - Saraband - Chiguae

II
Christian GEIST (c.1640/50-1711, Stockholm/Copenhagen)
Am stillen Freytage: Es war aber an der Stäte - O Traurigkeit, o Hertzeleid (Stockholm, c.1680)

Christian RITTER (?1648-c.1725, Stockholm)
Suite in discessum Caroli XI Regis Sveciae (1697)
Allemanda - Courande - Sarabanda - Gique

Franz TUNDER (1614-1667, Lübeck)
alve mi Jesu

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE
Jesu, meine Freud und Lust (BuxWV 59)

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