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The premiere of Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah“ version in Estonian language and original orchestration in Estonia

Rudolf Tobias

Tõnu Kaljuste

Piano reduction of the oratorio "Jonah"

On June 7, Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah’s Commission“ (later named „Joonas“ („Jonah“)) version in Estonian language and original orchestration will be performed first time in Estonia in the program of Nargenfestival in Tallinn St. John’s church.

The original version of the first Estonian oratorio was first performed in German language on the 26th November 1909 in Leipzig Andreaskirche under the baton of composer.  Oratorio as a whole, reconstructed by Vardo Rumessen, was first performed in Estonia in 1989 under the direction of Peeter Lilje.

On Tõnu Kaljuste’s initiative, the original version of the oratorio will be premiered in Estonia and sheet music will be published. „Jonah’s“ original version will be performed on June 7 at 7 pm in Tallinn St. John’s church and June 8 at 6 pm in Tartu St. Paul’s church by soloists Arete Teemets (soprano), Helen Lepalaan (mezzo soprano), Mati Turi (tenor), Taavi Tampuu (baritone), Raiko Raalik (bass) and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, chamber choirs  Collegium Musicale and Voces Musicales, girls’ choir Ellerhein and Maria Listra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. The performance material (sheet music of original orchestration both in Estonian and German) will thereafter distributed by Estonian Music Information Centre. Editors of the sheet music are Mari Amor, Mai Simson and Tõnu Kaljuste.

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