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Prom 20: Pekka Kuusisto

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Royal Albert HallKensington Gore, London, Greater London, SW7 2AP, United Kingdom
On Saturday 3 August 2019 at 19:30
Festival: BBC Proms
Pekka KuusistoViolin
Taito HoffrénSinger
Ilona KorhonenSinger
Minna-Liisa TammelaSinger
Vilma TimonenKantele
Timo AlakotilaHarmonium
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas DausgaardConductor

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto memorably set the entire Proms audience singing a Finnish folk song in 2016. Now he returns for a Prom joined by fellow Finnish folk musicians, which sprinkles rustic Finnish folk music among two pinnacles of Finnish orchestral sophistication: Sibelius’s great Romantic Violin Concerto (with Kuusisto as soloist) and his Fifth Symphony – a work suffused with light and autumnal warmth. Thomas Dausgaard conducts the symphony’s original, four-movement version, allowing a glimpse into the creative process of a work that Sibelius revised over a period of four years.

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