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Violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto with seasonal sounds from Scandinavia and beyond

Violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light

Violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto plays rousing music by Olli Mustonen that makes him think of Russian composers enjoying a Christmas tipple. Plus much-loved Christmas melodies from Finland and Sweden, and songs by two great singer-songwriters, Nat King Cole and Joni Mitchell.

Pekka also wonders why it was that in all his years of musical education he rarely, if ever, heard or played music by female composers. With that thought in mind, he finds soaring chamber music by Louise Farrenc and Amanda Maier-Röntgen and hypnotic atmospheres by Missy Mazzoli.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Olli Mustonen

    Triple Concerto / Concerto for three violins - Finale

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto. Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Olli Mustonen.
    • ONDINE.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Tea for Two

    Performer: Svend Asmussen. Performer: Ulrik Neumann.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Seasons - December

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • NAIVE.
  • Ellen Reid

    The World Was Calling Me

    Choir: Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Nonet for string & winds in E flat major, Op. 38 - movements 3 & 4

    Performer: Gilbert Audin. Performer: Guillaume Sutre. Performer: Miguel da Silva. Performer: Vincent Pasquier. Performer: François Leleux. Performer: André Cazalet. Performer: Philippe Bernold. Performer: François Salque. Performer: Romain Guyot.
    • NAIVE.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Fêtes des belles eaux, mvmt 6: L'eau (à son maximum de hauteur)

    Performer: Jeanne Loriod.
    • DG.
  • Ayub Ogada


    Performer: Ayub Ogada.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • DECCA.
  • Traditional Swedish

    Fran himmelen kom angeln Gabriel

    Music Arranger: Gunnar Idenstam. Choir: S:t Jacobs kammarkör. Conductor: Gunnar Idenstam.
    • BIS.
  • Amanda Maier-Rontgen

    Violin Sonata in B minor - I. Allegro

    Performer: Cecilia Zilliacus. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
  • Jean Sibelius

    En etsi valtaa loistoa Op. 1 No. 4

    Music Arranger: Ilkka Kuusisto. Singer: Soile Isokoski. Orchestra: Finland Sinfonietta. Conductor: Ilkka Kuusisto.
  • Joni Mitchell


    Performer: Joni Mitchell.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 5 - 1st movement

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
  • William Byrd

    Bow thine ear

    Music Arranger: Nico Muhly. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • DECCA.
  • François Couperin

    Les Tours de passe-passe (22e order)

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
  • Thomas Adès

    3 Studies from Couperin - Les Tours de passe-passe

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • WARNER.
  • Missy Mazzoli

    Vespers for Violin

    Performer: Jennifer Koh. Performer: Missy Mazzoli.
    • CEDILLE.
  • Nat King Cole

    The Christmas Song

    Performer: Nat King Cole.


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