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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
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Pekka Kuusisto: Four Seasons, four seascapes

Finnish violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto presents his own distinctive take on Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

Pekka Kuusisto has a real gift for communicating through music. That could mean getting a concert audience of 6000 singing a Finnish folksong, or playing electric violin in a collaboration with a juggler, or making a film for Greenpeace in a devastated forest… Tonight he shines his distinctive light on one of the world’s best-loved musical depictions of nature, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, interspersing the familiar movements with improvisation.

Fresh sounds open the evening too, with Isobel Waller-Bridge’s new piece, commissioned specially for the Human / Nature series. Waller-Bridge is an award-winning film, TV and theatre composer, whose soundtrack credits include Vanity Fair, Fleabag, Black Mirror and Frozen Planet.

Britten’s Four Sea Interludes are taken from his opera Peter Grimes, a compelling portrait of a fishing community whose lives are intertwined with the sea and the weather. The orchestra vividly depicts the different faces of the sea, from dawn tranquility to a fearsome storm.

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