Lauri Honkavirta Kuva: Heidi Jakkula



Monday 5.8., 16–16:45 & 17–17:45, Vantaa Art Museum Artsi (Paalutori 3, 01600 Vantaa)


Lauri Honkavirta, harpsichord


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Sinfonia no. VII BWV 793


John Bull (1562–1628): In Nomine


J. S. Bach: Sinfonia no. IV BWV 790


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621): Fantasia Chromatica


J. S. Bach: Sinfonia no. XI BWV 797


Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707): Suite no. I BuxWV 226



Sarabande I

Sarabande II


J. S. Bach: Sinfonia no. XV BWV 801


J. S. Bach: Toccatafrom Partita BWV 830


Lauri Honkavirta is a young-generation harpsichord who follows a path of his own. In this concert, he examines various meanings of ‘touch’. A touch may be physical, it may hurt or move, or it may relate to something (‘touch on’). Lauri’s artistic train of thought is guided by music in the nature of a Toccata (it. toccare, “touch”): “When I touch my musical instrument, it touches me back. When I turn to and interpret the soul-fruits of the composers I love, they, too, bring about changes in me and convert me to their own language.” Lauri here promises a concert of catchy, hypnotic music punctuated by little keyboard sinfonias by Johann Sebastian Bach. Come and open your mind to touch while lazing on a camping mat.

Admission free.

We recommend that you bring a cushion with you.

Barocco Boreale Kuva: Ulla Nikula

The Harmonious Concertos of Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer

Monday 5.8., 19–20:30, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)

Limited ticket availability!


Barocco Boreale:

Kreeta-Maria Kentala, Siiri Virkkala, Maria Pulakka and Merja Pyrhönen, Baroque violin

Jouko Mansnerus, Baroque viola

Lea Pekkala, Baroque cello

Julius Pyrhönen, violone

Tea Polso, harpsichord

Eero Palviainen, Baroque guitar and theorbo


Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer (1692–1766): Concerti Armonici

No. 1 in G major



Un poco andante



No. 2 in B-flat major

Largo andante

Da cappella. Presto

Largo affettuoso

Allegro moderato


No. 3 in A major

Grave. Sostenuto

Da capella. Presto

Largo andante



No. 4 in G major


Da capella

Largo affettuoso



No. 5 in F minor

Adagio – Largo

Da capella

A tempo comodo

A tempo giusto


No. 6 in E-flat major


Presto – Largo



Barocco Boreala, an ensemble that has long been delighting both Ostrobothnian audiences and listeners to its records, is at last making its first appearance in the Helsinki region. The ensemble is skippered by Kreeta-Maria Kentala, winner of many Emma Awards, who will be playing a violin in a programme bringing to life the sparkling, colourful string concertos of Dutch Count Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer.


Ticket B: 30/25€


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Nicholas Mulroy Kuva: Raphaelle Photography

The Rise of the “Loud Tenor”

Tuesday 6.8., 19–20:30, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)


Nicholas Mulroy, tenor

Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo


Robert Johnson (c. 1583–c. 1634): Have you seen the bright lily grow?

Alfonso Ferrabosco (c. 1575–1628): So beautie on the water stood

William Lawes (1602–1645): Love’s sweet Repose


Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1642): Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

Claudio Monteverdi: Si dolce é il tormento

Alessandro Grandi (1586–1630): O intemerata


Robert de Visée (1650–1725): Chaconne (solo theorbo)

Michel Lambert (1610–1696): Vos mépris chaque jour

Robert de Visée: Prélude

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704): Tristes déserts


Claudio Monteverdi: Tempro la cetra




Anon.: She moved through the fair

Nico Muhly (b. 1981): Berceuse (solo theorbo)


Claudio Monteverdi: Laudate Dominum


Henry Purcell (1659–1695): O, fair Cedaria

Henry Purcell: When first Amintas


In 1608, English playwright Ben Johnson and composer Alfonso Ferrabosco together created a multimedia spectacle The Masque of Beauty. The Italian was among those introducing Mediterranean virtuosity to the English stage: during the performance, a “loud tenor” sang a piece called So beautie on the waters stood, achieving instant fame! Nicholas Mulroy and Elizabeth Kenny, who have already delighted audiences at previous BRQ Vantaa festivals, now join forces in an exploration of the English and Italian roots of bel cantostyle. The sentiments in the opera will be expressed in this concert in the more intimate partnership of tenor and theorbo. During the evening there will also be a chance to hear the first performance in Finland of a new work for solo theorbo by Nicholas Mulroy.


Ticket A: 38€

Ticket B: 30/25€


Ticket package A: 48€

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Otto Tolonen Kuva: Mika Kirsi

Three centuries of guitar

Tuesday 6.8., 21–22, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)


Otto Tolonen, vihuela, Baroque guitar, 19th-century guitar


Leonard Schulz (1814–1860):
Selection of L ́Indispensable op. 40 (n. 1840)


Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710):
Selection of Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española (1674–1697)


Luys de Narváez (1526–49):
Selection of Los seys libros del delphin (1538)


Alonso Mudarra (1510–1580):
Selection of Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela (1546)


Otto Tolonen enchanted his listeners at last year’s BRQ Vantaa in a programme of romantic guitar. He has made a name for himself particularly for his victories in international festivals and for his renderings of contemporary music. His repertoire does, however, encompass guitar music right from the Renaissance to the present day. He is now bringing to Vantaa a delicate, colourful selection of works for plucked instrument composed in three centuries. The concert also marks his debut on the vihuela and Baroque guitar in the excellent acoustics of the Church of St Lawrence.


Ticket A: 28€

Ticket B: 25/18€


Ticket package A: 48€

Ticket package B: 38/30€


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Anna-Liisa Eller Kuva: Kris Moor

Heavenly sounds

Wednesday 7.8., 19–20, Chapel of St Lawrence (Pappilankuja 3, 01510 Vantaa)


Anna-Liisa Eller, Estonian kannel


William Byrd (1540–1623):

Rowland from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book II (c. 1610–1625)


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764): Suite in A minor from the Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (1706)




Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, 1580–1651):

Toccata arpeggiatafrom the Libro Primo d’intavolatura di chitarrone (1604)


John Dowland (1563–1626):

Lachrimaefrom theEuing Lute Book (c. 1620–1630)


Helena Tulve (1972)

Silmaja (Beholder) – 2006


Georg Friedrich Handel (1685–1759):

Chaconne (theme and variations) HWV 448 (HHA IV/11) from Keyboard Works (Miscellaneous Suites) (1733)


Louis Couperin (1626–1661): Suite in D minor from the Manuscrit Bauyn: Pièces de clavecin de différents auteurs vers 1660

Prélude non mesuré


Ennemond Gaultier (Gaultier le Vieux, Gaultier de Lyon, 1575–1651):

Les Canaries du Vieux Gaultier from the Livre de Tablature des Pieces de Luth (1680)


Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750):

Tombeau Sur La Mort De M Comte D’Logy arrivée 1721 from Le manuscrit de Londres (1724)


Robert de Visée (1655–1732/3) / François Couperin (1668–1733):

Les Sylvains de Mr Couperin from Manuscrit Vaudry de Saizenay (1699)


From the 16th-century, when Agricola first translated the Bible into Finnish, to the 1900s, the string instruments in the Bible were almost without exception known as kanteles. The instrument has occupied a highly significant role in Finnish culture: all were familiar with the kantele, few with the harp or lyre. In tonight’s programme, Anna-Liisa Eller transports listeners back to the Renaissance and Baroque on wings of the Estonian kannel. An exotic instrument, the kannel is extremely well suited to early music, maybe because of its heavenly sound.


Ticket A: 28€

Ticket B: 25/18€


Ticket package A: 48€

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Tuuli Lindeberg Kuva: Heikki Tuuli

La voix de la femme – The Voice of a Woman

Wednesday 7.8., 20:30–22, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)


Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano

Eero Palviainen, archlute


Bertrand de Bacilly (1625–1690): Prelude “Plaisirs mondains” from Les airs spirituels (1672/1677/1688)


François Berthod parodies (II. livre d’airs de devotion, 1658) of songs by Michel Lambert (1610–1696):

Superbes ennemis du repos de nos Ames (Contre les plaisirs du monde) (orig. Superbes ennemis du repos de mon âme)

Pourquoy faut-il, âme mondaine (Advertissement au Pecheur) (orig. Pourquoy faut-il, belle inhumaine)

Cessons de soupirer (Le Juste prisonnier) (orig. Laisse-moy soupirer)


Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634–1704): Sans frayeur dans ce bois H.467 (Mercure galant, 1680)

Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre (1633–1678): Quand on vous dit (Airs à deux partes, 1669)


Sebastien le Camus (n.1610–n. 1677): from Airs, à deux et trois parties (1678)

Ah! fuyons ce dangereux séjour (La Comtesse de La Suze)

Lorsque Tircis sût m’engager


Valentino Bucchi (1916–1976): Lettres de la religieuse portugaise per voce sola (1970)


Robert de Visée (1650–1725): Sarabandefrom Suite in G minor for lute

Michel Lambert:

J’ay juré mille fois (La Comtesse de La Suze) from Airs (1660)

Ombre de mon amantfrom Airs (1689)




de Bacilly: Prelude “Quelle follie que de passer” from Airs spirituels


le Camus: from Airs (1678)

Forêts solitaires et sombres (La Comtesse de La Suze)

Amour, cruel amour


Charpentier: Ah! Laissez-moi rêver H.441

de Visée: Passacaille from Suite in G minor for lute

Charpentier: Ah, qui’ils sont courts les beaux jours H.442 (Mademoiselle Castille)


de Bacilly: Saisi de tristesse from Airs spirituels


le Camus: from Airs (1678)

Laissez durer la nuit (La Comtesse de La Suze)

On n’entend rien dans ce bocage


Charpentier: Ruisseau qui nourrit dans ce bois H.466

de Bacilly: Prelude “Ne devons nous pas” from Airs spirituels


This concert by Tuuli Lindberg, one of the top Finnish performers of early music, and lutenist Eero Palviainen focuses on the voice of the female narrator in 17th-century French music. The perspective of the early airs de coursongs was almost exclusively male, until the nature of the poetry became more diverse in the latter half of the century. Symbolising the concert programme is the Portuguese nun Mariana Alcoforado (1640–1723) initially believed to be the writer of Les lettres portugaises in 1669. The texts speak of a woman’s passion, love and disillusionment in a bold new way, lending wings to the social and spiritual emancipation of women at the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment.


Ticket A: 38€

Ticket B: 30/25€


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Gothic Voices Kuva: Eric Richmond

The Dufay Spectacle

Thursday 8.8., 19–20:30, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)


Gothic Voices:

Catherine King, mezzo-soprano

Steven Harrold, tenor

Julian Podger, tenor

Stephen Charlesworth, baritone


Jane Achtman, vihuela d’arco, fiddle

Andrew Lawrence-King, organ, regal, bray harp, psaltery


Guillaume Dufay (c. 1397–1474)


The Welcome

Ce jour de l’an (arr. Julian Podger)

Vasilissa, ergo gaude

Entre vous, gentils amoureux


A Reflection

Et pour certain (Ce jour de l’an, 3,6) (arr. Julian Podger)

Je requier a tous amoureux

Je vous pri/Tant que mon argent/Ma tres douce amie

Je me complains piteusement

Las, que feray? ne que je devenray?


Solemn Celebration

Ce jour de l’an (comp. / impro)

O sancte Sebastiane

Se le fatze ay pale – Se la phase pale (Buxheimer Orgelbuch nro:t 83 ja 255, arr. anon.)

Vergene bella

Salve flos tusce/ Vos nunc etrusce

Dufay?: Portigaler (Buxheimer Orgelbuch no. 43 “Or me veult bien Esperance mentir”, arr. anon.)

Ecclesiae militantes

Resvelliés vous et faites chiere lye

Apostolo glorioso


Playful Celebration

Ce jour de l’an (säv./ impro)

Mon bien m’amour

Quel fronte signorille

Estrinez moy, je vous estrineray

Ce jour de l’an

Puisque vous estez campieur

Ce jour de l’an


A superb vocal ensemble specialising in early music, Gothic Voices pays an imaginary visit to a wedding feast held on New Year’s Eve in the late Middle Ages. The guest of honour is, as a matter of course, the leading composer of his day, Guillaume Dufay, whose motets with their magnificent timbres take pride of place in setting the mood. The works of Dufay are the last dazzling medieval display of Burgundy virtuosity before the eruption of Renaissance art. The concert marks the first visit to Finland of an ensemble, Gothic Voices, that has been reaping world acclaim for thirty years already. Lending wings to the heavenly voices are internationally renowned early music specialists Jane Achtman (fiddle and vihuela d’arco) and Andrew Lawrence-King (keyboard instruments and harp).


Ticket A: 38€

Ticket B: 30/25€


Ticket package A: 48€

Ticket package B: 38/30€


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Claire Antonini

Baroque: French lute gems from the 17th century

Thursday 8.8., 21–22, Chapel of St Lawrence (Pappilankuja 3, 01510 Vantaa)


Claire Antonini, baroque lute


Ennemond Gaultier (Gaultier le Vieux, Gaultier de Lyon, n. 1575–1651): Chaconne in C major


Ennemond Gaultier: Suite in D minor

Allemande “Tombeau de Mézangeau”


Courante “le canon”




François Dufault (Dufaut, before 1604–c. 1672): Suite in G minor


Allemande “Tombeau de Blanrocher”





Ennemond Gaultier: Chaconne “Cascade de Mr de Launay”


Jacques Gallot (Jacques de Gallot, le vieux Gallot de Paris, c. 1625–n. 1695):

Prélude “Le bout de l’an de Mr Gautier”


Denis Gaultier (”le jeune”, 1603–1672): Suite in Gmajor





Denis Gaultier:

Prélude et Allemande “Tombeau de Mr Gautier par lui-même“

Gigue ou “Le toxin de Denis Gautier”


Pierre Dubut: Suite in A major

Allemande “L’enciclopédie”

Courante “la pluye d’or”



The lute was an instrument popular with European monarchs such as France’s “Sun King” Louis XIV in the 16th and 17th centuries, and musicians came to France from all over the continent to be initiated in its secrets. Claire Antonini offers BRQ Vantaa audiences some rare gems from the French early Baroque and lute school repertoire. The concert marks the Finnish debut of one of the finest experts on the genre.


Ticket A: 28€

Ticket B: 25/18€


Ticket package A: 48€

Ticket package B: 38/30€


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Justin Taylor Kuva: Jean Baptiste Millot

Justin Taylor – The young virtuoso

Friday 9.8., 19–20, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)


Justin Taylor, harpsichord


Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757):

Sonaatti K 32 in D major: Aria

Sonaatti K 18 in D major: Presto

Sonaatti K 27 in B minor: Allegro


Sonaatti K 115 in C major: Allegro

Sonaatti K 208 in A major: Adagio e cantabile

Sonaatti K 141 in D minor: Allegro


Louis Couperin (n. 1626–1661):Prelude in C minor

François Couperin: Troisième ordre (movements)

Allemande La Ténébreuse


Les Regrets

Chaconne La Favorite


J-Ph. Rameau (1683–1764): Suite in A minor from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin




Les Trois Mains

Gavotte & Doubles


If you have not previously heard of Justin Taylor, you really should come and listen to him in Vantaa! A young harpsichordist-fortepianist, he shot to world fame on winning the first, audience, Alpha and EUBO Developing Trust prizes in the 2015 Harpsichord Competition in Bruges. He has also won top reviews and distinctions for his recordings, such as a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and a Grand Prix from the Charles Cros Academy. In this festival concert, Taylor demonstrates his mastery in a programme of solo works by Scarlatti, Couperin and Rameau.


Ticket A: 28€

Ticket B: 25/18€


Ticket package: 39€

Ticket package: 35/25€


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Maija Lampela

Pardessus de viole

Friday 9.8., 20:30–22, Chapel of St Lawrence (Pappilankuja 3, 01510 Vantaa)


Maija Lampela, pardessus de viole, treble viol

Johanna Kilpijärvi, treble and bass viol

Anna Orasmaa, harpsichord


François Couperin (1668–1733): Neuvième Concert intitulé Ritratto dell’ amore from Les goûts-réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts

Le charme. Gracieusement et gravement

L’enjoüement. Gayement

Les graces. Courante Françoise

Le je-ne-scay-quoy. Gayement

La noble fierté. Sarabande. Gravement

La douceur. Amoureusement

L’et cӕtera, ou Menuets


Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin, ordre XIV: Les Fauvétes Plaintives

Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin, ordre XIV: Carillon cithere

Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, ordre V: Les vendangeuses

Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin, ordre XV: Muséte de ChoisiMuséte de Taverni




Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707–1747): Sonata no. IV in G major from Livre V Sonates pour le Pardessus de Viole avec basse Continue






Jacques Duphly (1715–1789): Pièces de clavecin, 1er livre

La Tribolet


Marin Marais (1656–1728): Suite d’un Goût Etranger from Pièces de viole, Livre 4



Charles Dollé (n. 1735–1755): Pièces pour le Pardessus de Viole from Sonates, Duo & Pièces Pour le Pardessus de Viole, Œuvre IVe-Livre Second pour le Pardessus de Viole

La Favoritte. Tendrement

Les Regrets. Affectueusement

Le Lutin. Legerement


Maija Lampela, a wizard on the pardessus de viole, brings BRQ Vantaa listeners a rare listening experience. The highest member of the viol family was favoured by noble ladies in 18th-century France, because the Italian violin was considered too masculine for them. The pardessus de viole lies somewhere between a viola da gamba and a violin in tone. This concert by Maija Lampela, Johanna Kilpijärvi and Anna Orasmaa presents both arrangements and original works for the pardessus, thus bringing out the instrument’s light playfulness and charm.


Ticket A: 28€

Ticket B: 25/18€


Ticket package A: 39€

Ticket package B: 35/25€


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Capella de Ministrers

Lucrezia Borgia

Saturday 10.8., 19–20.30, Church of St Lawrence (Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa)


Capella de Ministrers

Elia Casanova, voice

Carles Magraner, viola da gamba

David Antich, flutes

Robert Cases, guitar and vihuela

Pau Ballester, percussions


Anon.: La Spagna – Baixa dansa

Juan Cornago (n. 1400–1475 ): Ayo visto lo mapamundo

Heinrich Isaac (n. 1450–1517): La Spagna (1494)

Bartolomeo Tromboncino (n. 1470–1535): Cantava per sfogar

Tradicional [Diego Ortiz]: Romanesques

Anon.: El cervel mi fa Nocte i die – Cancionero de Palacio


Domenico da Piacenza (n. 1400–n. 1470): Belfiore & Amoroso – Ballo

Anon.: Merce te chiamo- Montecassino

Joan Ambrosi Dalza (fl. early 16th century): Dalça Saltarello i piva

Magistro Rofino (c. 1400–?): Un cavalier di Spagna – Passamezzo

Joan Ambrosi Dalza: Dalça Calata a la spagnola

Niccolò: Senza te alta regina


Joan Ambrosi: Dalça Pavana alla ferrarese

Bartolomeo Tromboncino: Queste non son piu lachryme (Ariosto)

Anon.: Dindirindin – Balada – Montecassino

M. Gulielmus (?): Falla con misuras – Perugia

Trad.: Mareta non faces plorar

Anon.: Alle Stamenge – Canto Carnacialesco. Montecassino


Alexander Agricola (c. 1446–1506): Amor che sospirar mi fai

Anon.: Mon fort souspirz – Montecassino 871

Anon.: Signora, un che v’adora (Marco Cara)

Luis de Milán (c. 1500–1561): Pavana i gallarda

Trad.: La Dama d’Aragó

Anon.: Folies (Joan Escrivà)


With what passion did the Italian Renaissance rulers look upon music? Capella de Ministrers, one of the leading Spanish early-music ensembles, acts as BRQ Vantaa listeners‘ guide to the heyday of the early Renaissance in the footsteps of Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519). A Spanish-Italian noblewoman, she was the daughter of the future Pope Alexander VI and her reputation was for centuries poisoned by evil tongues. Though caught up in the political intrigues of her day, she was a member of cultured circles and a lover of music, dance and other arts. Recently awarded an International Classical Music Award for best Early Music Recording (ICMA), Capella de Ministrers is a matchless interpreter of early Mediterranean music.


Ticket A: 38€

Ticket B: 30/25€


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Il Giardino Armonico Kuva: Lukasz Rajchert

The Harmonious Garden – Il Giardino Armonico

Sunday 11.8., 20–22, Temppeliaukio Church (Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki)


Il Giardino Armonico

cond. Giovanni Antonini


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767): Suite in A Minor for recorder, strings and continuo TWV 55:a2


Les Plaisirs

Air à l’Italien (Largo–Allegro)

Menuet I & II (alternativement)


Passepied I and II



(Solo recorder: Giovanni Antonini)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049







S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 B-flat Major BWV 1051

[no tempo marking]

Adagio, ma non tanto



S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major BWV 1047

[no tempo marking]


Allegro assai


Il Giardino Armonico really is one of the best. Founded and led by Giovanni Antonini, it has been scaling the dizzy heights of early music for over 30 years. Its discs have garnered some of the most prestigious awards, such as Grammy, Diaposon d’Or, Gramophone, Choc de l’année and Echo Klassik, and it has collaborated with world stars from Cecilia Bartoli to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Viktoria Mullova, Sol Gabetta, Isabelle Faust, and Katia and Marielle Labèque. BRQ Vantaa will present orchestral works by Bach and Telemann at their very finest as the ensemble makes its exceptional visit to Finland.


Ticket: 48/33€


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