Visiting Ensembles

Avanti! Ensemble

Past Dates

"Continuum", the main work by the English composer Colin Matthews, unites diverse worlds and musical genres.

At first the work appears as the re-discovery of the late romantic song for voice and orchestra – with poems by Eugenio Montale and Rainer Maria Rilke at the centre. Then again, it is a series of miniatures for solo instruments and ensemble. Finally, it works like a clock – a precision instrument with which Matthews tries to measure poetic time.

Avanti have undertaken the presentation of this exciting work. The leading Scandinavian ensemble of soloists also interprets in this concert "Graal Theatre", a central work of Kaija Saariaho.

Concert Programme

Kaija Saariaho
Graal Théâtre
Ensemble version

Colin Matthews
German Premiere


John Storgårds violin
Riikka Rantanen soprano

Avanti! Ensemble
Hannu Lintu conductor