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Performer: Pekka Kuusisto

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BarcelonaVals de Mefisto

Liszt, Adès, Poulenc
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Thomas Adès; Pekka Kuusisto

GothenburgNew Violin Concerto by Adès, with Kuusisto

Göteborgs Symfoniker (GBP)
Sibelius, Adès
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Pekka Kuusisto

LondonPekka Kuusisto: Four Seasons, and Four Seascapes

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Waller-Bridge, Britten, Vivaldi
Philharmonia Orchestra; Pekka Kuusisto
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LondonSunlight on Water: Sibelius and Beethoven

Sibelius, Beethoven
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Pekka Kuusisto
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Percussion thrills aplenty from Rouvali, Kuusisto and the Philharmonia

From an unknown Mexican piece to an all-new Bryce Dessner concerto to the familiar Rite of Spring, Rouvali and the Philharmonia blow the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.
****1
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Refreshing Beethoven from Benedetti, Kuusisto and the Philharmonia

Lightness of touch and attention to detail from Benedetti, and tight ensemble and grace from Kuusisto and the Philharmonia in the Second Symphony.
***11
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Britten and Clyne: astonishing verve from the SCO

A dream team of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra directed by Pekka Kussisto, with Allan Clayton and Alec Frank-Gemmill astonish with two modern icons: Clyne’s Within Her Arms and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

*****
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Prom 20: eventful all-Sibelius Prom

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?

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 and Collon engage audiences new and old with infectiously joyful Mozart and intensely virtuosic Adès, with Pekka Kuusisto.
*****
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