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Performer: Joonas Ahonen

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HelsinkiLeningrad, New York

Gershwin, Shostakovich
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Joonas Ahonen

HelsinkiFriday series 13

Zimmermann, Bruckner, Schubert
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Pablo Heras-Casado; Joonas Ahonen; Emil Holmström
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Klangforum Wien play music in the space–time continuum, in London

Klangforum Wien  ©  Lukas Beck
Kings Place’s Out Hear series of contemporary music is second to none in London, but these concerts – though never less than interesting – can also be strangely low-key. In a lot of ways, this Wednesday’s Out Hear concert, the last this season, was quite a big deal: a rare visit to London from leading contemporary ensemble Klangforum Wien, containing a world première.
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The Kuusisto effect: Brahms, Ives and Ligeti in Siuntio, Finland

Pekka Kuusisto  ©  Maija Tammi
Last Sunday, Pekka Kuusisto performed in Siuntio, a Finnish town not so far from Helsinki, as part of the Lux Musicae Festival, together with pianist Joonas Ahonen and hornist Hervé Joulain. In the penumbra of the candles and the gentle lights of a beautiful church from the 1400s, the first notes of Brahms’ Violin Sonata in G major resounded.
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