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Last concert before the next war?

August 31, 2014 by norman lebrecht

9 comments.


A group of artists from the Baltic and former Soviet states have gathered in Helsinki this afternoon to play out their differences.

Here’s their manifesto:

We have decided to get together to remind each other that the only sustainable way to solve our conflicts is by working together. This is a statement on behalf of all people and peaceful development. 

We are facing huge shared challenges, so huge that we really do not need them to be further complicated by military encounters. If we want a chance to meet these challenges, we have to decide – today – to accept our differences. Not even our biggest disagreements justify abandoning peaceful, constructive practice. 

Our ensemble of players is gathered from many countries. There are also strong differences of opinion amongst us. Still, confronting our common goal, a successful musical performance, we are perfectly capable of focusing on working together. We are proof of people’s desire to do good and to create beauty. This time we are not here to solve our problems, but to build common ground on which to face them. 

Let us focus on giving the future a chance.

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The concert is live-streamed here.

anna-liisa bezrodny

 

 

 

These are the players:

Participating artists

Aalto-SetäläKerttuflute
AhtinenTimodouble bass
Ali-MattilaTeppoviolin
AntolaIidasoprano
AnttilaMarttitenor
BatiashviliLisaviolin
BezrodnyAnna Liisaviolin
BinderDavidtrombone
BrostekMagdalenacello
BugnotThomastrumpet
BuinovschiIonviolin
BüchertMadstimpanist / percussionist
ChousovskiiAntonviolin
ColemanAmeliaenglish horn / oboe
DmitriErmilovtrumpet
DmitrjevAlekseibassoon
EerolaInkaviolin
ErnesaksGretacello
FranzonJohannaviolin
FrosténHarriviolin
Gil ShakedAgababaclarinet
Gorkun-SilénIrynaflute
GransPeterdouble bass
GransPontusdouble bass
GriciusTomastrumpet
GustafssonJan-Erikcello
HaikolaAnna-Leenaviolin
HeikinheimoSiljamariviolin
HelanderJaanicello
HendricksBarbaravocal
HoffströmAnnaviolin
HohtiHannaviola
HohtiMarkuscello
HolmströmEmilpiano
HorttanaHelmiviolin
HurttiaLinneaviolin
HyväkköJarmoclarinet
IndermühleNicolastuba
ItohEriviolin
IvarsMikkocello
JurisDanibass
JuutilainenHannaflute
JuvonenSirpaviola
JämsäHennaclarinet
KaresJennyflute/piccolo
KaukolaRitvaviola
KauppinenMaijuviolin
KilpeläinenAtteviola
KitaevaMariaviolin
KivistöJenniviolin
KivivuoriKimmoviola
KlasEriconductor
KoistinenArtoviola
KoivistoJuha-Pekkaviolin
KomsiNuppuviolin
KoponenMattiviolin
KoskimiesMinnapiano
KotkaJohntrombone
KumelaPetriguitar
KupiainenHeinipiano
KuusavaKativiolin
KuusistoPekkaviolin
KärnäNooracontrabassoon
LaivuoriJaakkoviola
LakeCarlyfrench horn
LarionovOlegviola
LatvalaTeroviolin
LehikoinenLottealto
LehtoTuomascello
LehtolaJarnotenor
Luolajan-MikkolaMikko-Villeviolin
MaalismaaEriikkaviolin
MaijalaLilliviola
MalmivaaraPaulaoboe
MattilaElinacello
MellbergNiklasteorbi
MurdveeMikkviolin
MussafiaBarbaracello
MäkinenPasitrombone
NikulaHeikkibassclarinet
NironenSirjacello
NisonenTanjafrench horn
PajuojaHannufrench horn
PalolaErkkiviolin
ParviainenHannaviolin
PensolaMinnaviolin
PodyachevIvanviola
PulkamoKaisaviola
RaikasJohannescontrabass
RantanenSimotrumpet
RaulamoJaakkocello
ResjanValeriapiano
ReskalenkoOlgaviola
RintamäkiSirkkumezzosopraano
Rinta-RahkoAnnadouble bass
RistiluomaRiitta-Liisaviola
RouvaliSanttu-Matiasconductor
RuskeepääTuomasfrench horn
SaarikoskiMauriviolin
SalminenAnnufrench horn
SarantolaMarkusviola
SchweckendiekNilsconductor
SegerstamLeifconductor
SevereidePäiviharp
SilénSebastianviolin
StasevskaDaliaviola / conductor
StasevskiLukascello
SundroosPiaviolin
SuomelaSoinelioboe / french horn
SuorantaAnttitimp / perc
SöderblomJanviolin / conductor
TakacsZoltanviolin
TikkanenAnttiviolin
TolletSusannaalto
van TreeckOutiflute/piccolo
UnkariErjaviolin
VehmanenHeikkiviola
VilhjámssonAriviolin
ViitalaJussicello
VilkmanCamillaviola
VirtanenSiniviolin
VähäläAnnaviolin
WikströmTomitimp / perc
WilleyPietaritimp / perc
YlivuoriSakaribass
Åström-TiulaAnnemarieviolin

 


Comments (9)

  1. Neil McGowan says:

    And indeed, there has never been any need for a militarisation of this situation. The rhetoric for war is coming primarily from the organisations who have most to gain (territorially, materially and financially) from beginning one.

    1. Christy says:

      You understand over 1000 Ukrainian soldiers have already been killed and thousands are internally and externally displaced, with at least 200 Russian tanks involved, right? I believe it is too late to worry about “starting” a war, or talking about “rhetoric.”

      1. Neil McGowan says:

        I understand that the populations of Donetsk (more than 1 million people) and Lugansk, not to mention the smaller towns and villages of E Ukraine have been strafed and shelled out of their homes, in an “ethnic cleansing” campaign led by Ukrainian bandit Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky isn’t leading the regular Ukrainian army – but instead a vigilante army raised from the ranks of the neo-Nazi group “Pravy Sektor”. They’ve been given uniforms, guns and salaries by the government, and retitled “The National Guard”.

        You’d think that if there “200 Russian tanks”, someone would have seen them or photographed them? But they remain a figment of the imagination of the Ukrainian President and his US-imposed PM, Mr Yatsenyuk. In other words – a lie.

        In your table-thumping anger, “Christy”, I wonder if you have the slightest sympathy for the actual people of Ukraine?

        http://youtu.be/X2VHcGa9Qac

        Because you seem to be cloning the NATO talking-points of Barack Obama and Frau Merkel – with little knowledge (or care) of what’s happening in Ukraine.

        1. anonymus says:

          What Neil said. Those who want that war do not sit in Moscow. Hint: they sit on the other side of the Atlantic.

        2. Christy says:

          Wow. Alternate reality. I hope it’s nice there. And that you’re getting well paid for it.

          1. Neil McGowan says:

            Not being paid for posting at all.

    2. Greg Hlatky says:

      Soon Putin’s Internet boiler room will be accusing Polish “bandits” of attacking a radio tower.

  2. Christy says:

    The reality is that as long as people like “Neil” exist, no concerts will make any difference regarding the actual war, and that is horribly sad. However, these events will help create further positive relationships between many countries in Central Europe, and that’s a good and very positive thing for the future.

    Ukraine, Poland, the Baltics, Moldova, Bulgaria, and even countries like Finland, have a shared history and can make positive contributions to the continent, but only if they work together, even on issues where they find disagreement. Music is one of the best conduits for this.

    1. Neil McGowan says:

      So very charming, “Christy”! Thank you SO much.


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