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Performer: Pekka Kuusisto

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GothenburgStep on the moon

Bjarnason, Adams, Ligeti, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Thorvaldsdottir
Gothenburg Symphony; Daníel Bjarnason; Pekka Kuusisto

StockholmMusical Storytelling : Petrushka

Bjarnason, Stravinsky
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Klaus Mäkelä; Pekka Kuusisto

StockholmMusical Storytelling: Petrushka

López, Bjarnason, Stravinsky
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Klaus Mäkelä; Pekka Kuusisto

ChicagoSibelius and Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration

Sibelius, Nielsen
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Pekka Kuusisto

WheatonSibelius and Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration

Sibelius, Nielsen
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Pekka Kuusisto
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Prom 20: eventful all-Sibelius Prom

Thomas Dausgaard and Pekka Kuusisto © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
I’ve heard this concerto a hundred times but it’s never sounded quite like this. It was a coming home.
****1
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Mostly Mozart: Bartók, Vivaldi and... Scandinavian folk music?

Pekka Kuusisto and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra © Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
The idea of reframing a warhorse of the classical repertory isn't a bad one. Theatre and opera goers have their modern-dress versions of Shakespeare and Mozart. Why not try it with Vivaldi?
***11
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Cosmic energy from Kuusisto, Collon and the Aurora Orchestra

The Aurora Orchestra © Nick Rutter
The Aurora Orchestra and Collon engage audiences new and old with infectiously joyful Mozart and intensely virtuosic Adès, with Pekka Kuusisto.
*****
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Finnish fresh air: Rouvali and the Philharmonia on top form

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Camilla Greenwell

A breath of Finnish fresh air blew onto the London music scene with the announcement from the Philharmonia Orchestra of the appointment of Santtu-Matias Rouvali as their new Principal Conductor from 2021. 

*****
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Playful, creative and joyous: Pekka Kuusisto directs the SCO

Pekka Kuusisto © Kaapo Kamu

Pekka Kuusisto’s direction of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is playful, creative and joyous in a mixed programme from Biber to Bartók, Haydn to Messiaen wrapped round with Ravel.

****1
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