Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & Klaus Mäkelä perform the Finnish premiere of Sauli Zinovjev’s Wiegenlied
On 22 December, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra performs Sauli Zinovjev’s Wiegenlied in a programme alongside Pierre Boulez’s Initiale and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.1 “Titan” under the baton of Klaus Mäkelä.
Co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Sauli Zinovjev wrote Wiegenlied in 2020. It is dedicated to the conductor, Klaus Mäkelä, who also conducted Oslo Philharmonic in the world premiere in August 2020. The title Wiegenlied alludes to the famous Op.49 No.4 lullaby by Johannes Brahms written in 868, which is referenced in the music towards the end. Zinovjev describes his piece as a musical journey towards a melodic and soothing climax, and he would be immensely pleased if, after hearing it, the audience felt hopeful and comforted.