There’s a magical connection between music and light. Nielsen felt it, and inspired by sunrises over the Aegean, his Helios Overture is a warm, glowing paean to the Greek god. Magnus Lindberg feels it too, and since its premiere in 2006 his luminous, lyrical Violin Concerto has become an instant modern classic, hailed by listeners and critics alike as the natural successor to Sibelius. Pekka Kuusisto is the soloist, and his insight and inventiveness make him the ideal partner for popular BBC SSO guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard. BBC SSO regulars will know to expect freshness, fire and a few surprises in Dausgaard’s reading of Dvořák’s much-loved symphony ‘From the New World’.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Thomas Dausgaard in conversation.
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Pekka Kuusisto in recital.
On suuri sun rantas autius (Finnish traditional: arr. Kuusisto)
Toccata (from Partita, Op.12), Vytautas Barkauskas (born 1931, Lithuania)
Sarabande from the Partita in D minor, BWV1004, JS Bach
Piupali Paupali (Finnish traditional: arr. Kuusisto)
Gladpolskan (Swedish traditional: arr. Kuusisto)
To be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.