• Sun. 16.05.
  • 8.00 p.m.

  • ·Klassik Cloud

Nordic Connection

Works by Respighi, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven

Finnish musician Pekka Kuusisto and The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen share a long-standing artistic friendship, and the visionary soloist known for delivering innovative concerts recently even made his directing debut with the orchestra. This programme, in which he will be seen and heard as concert master, soloist and conductor, will allow him to demonstrate all his skills.

Both Ottorino Respighi and Ralph Vaughan Williams attempted to draw from tradition to bring forth the new. The glory days of Italian and French lute music are evoked in Respighi’s ›Antique Dances and Arias‹, English folklore and lyricism in Vaughan Williams’ ›The Lark Ascending‹.

The listening experience must also have been completely new and exciting for the Viennese in April 1800, when the young Beethoven presented his first symphony with all manner of surprises, from the seventh chord at the beginning to the scales at the start of the final movement.

Programme

    • Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936)
    • Antiche danze ed arie (Ancient Airs and Dances): Suite III
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
    • The Lark Ascending
    • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    • Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21

Violin and director

Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (from season 21/22), and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul and Mahler chamber orchestras. He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. In season 20/21 Pekka Kuusisto is Artist-in-Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and at Milton Court at the Barbican.

An advocate of new music, Kuusitso’s upcoming premieres include new concerti by Bryce Dessner, Djuro Zivkovic, Thomas Ades and Enrico Chapela and chamber works by Sauli Zinovjev and Calliope Tsoupaki. He also performs concerti written for him by Daníel Bjarnason, Anders Hillborg and Nico Muhly. In recent seasons Kuusisto has premiered works by Sauli Zinovjev, Philip Venables and Andrea Tarrodi. He performs with orchestras such as Chicago and Los Angeles symphony orchestras, Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, as well as Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Australian, Scottish and Swedish chamber orchestras.

Kuusisto’s recent recordings include concerti by Thomas Adès, Anders Hillborg, Daniel Bjarnason, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Sebastian Fagerlund and JS Bach. Kuusisto composed the score music of series 1 of the Moominvalley animation with composer, percussionist and producer Samuli Kosminen.

Violin and director

Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (from season 21/22), and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul and Mahler chamber orchestras. He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. In season 20/21 Pekka Kuusisto is Artist-in-Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and at Milton Court at the Barbican.

An advocate of new music, Kuusitso’s upcoming premieres include new concerti by Bryce Dessner, Djuro Zivkovic, Thomas Ades and Enrico Chapela and chamber works by Sauli Zinovjev and Calliope Tsoupaki. He also performs concerti written for him by Daníel Bjarnason, Anders Hillborg and Nico Muhly. In recent seasons Kuusisto has premiered works by Sauli Zinovjev, Philip Venables and Andrea Tarrodi. He performs with orchestras such as Chicago and Los Angeles symphony orchestras, Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, as well as Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Australian, Scottish and Swedish chamber orchestras.

Kuusisto’s recent recordings include concerti by Thomas Adès, Anders Hillborg, Daniel Bjarnason, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Sebastian Fagerlund and JS Bach. Kuusisto composed the score music of series 1 of the Moominvalley animation with composer, percussionist and producer Samuli Kosminen.