Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest team up with Pekka Kuusisto for an intimate chamber music programme. Ranging from Byrd via Bach to Stravinsky and a new work by Calliope Tsoupaki, the programme stretches over nearly 450 years.
Where violinist Pekka Kuusisto shows up, you can expect surprises. Pleasant surprises! With musicians of the Concertgebouworkest he brings a programme that is as intimate as it is wide-ranging. Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks was modelled after Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Since its premiere on Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington D.C., Stravinsky's chamber orchestra work has conquered the world, quickly turning into a twentieth century classic.
The most recent work on the programme is Thin Air, composed this spring by Calliope Tsoupaki. According to the Dutch-Greek composer, the solo work was ‘intended for everyone who was hit by the coronavirus in any way’. The mysterious Hrím by Tsoupaki’s younger Icelandic colleague Anna Thorvaldsdottir proves why she is one of the most successful composers of our time. The oldest music on the programme is by the Englishman William Byrd, whose vocal works still touch many hearts and is now heard in arrangements by American composer Nico Muhly and Pekka Kuusisto himself. Thin Air was written as a commission for Festivals for Compassion, an initiative of Wonderfeel, a Dutch festival inspired by and in cooperation with the Flag of Compassion.