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Prom 20
Prom 20: Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SSO
19:30 Sat 3 Aug 2019 Royal Albert Hall
Violinist Pekka Kuusisto traces the evolution of Finland’s classical tradition, from improvised folk beginnings to the sophisticated brilliance of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. The concert closes with the composer’s nature-inspired Fifth Symphony.
Violinist Pekka Kuusisto traces the evolution of Finland’s classical tradition, from improvised folk beginnings to the sophisticated brilliance of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. The concert closes with the composer’s nature-inspired Fifth Symphony.

Programme

      • Violin Concerto in D minor(34 mins)Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1907
        • interval
        • Symphony No. 5 in E flat major (original version, 1915)(36 mins)UK Premiere

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    About This Event

    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.

    Approx. end time: 21:50

    The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

    Image: Pekka Kuusisto © Kaapo Kamu