Pekka Kuusisto – conductor/violin
Ale Carr – cittern
Isobel Waller-Bridge Temperatures (world premiere)
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
— Interval —
vivaldi The Four Seasons, with improvisation between movements
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. Isobel Waller-Bridge is an award winning composer known for her scores for film, television and theatre, alongside her work in electronic music and contemporary classical music. Isobel’s television soundtrack work includes Fleabag, and for film, Emma (2020), Munich – The Edge of War (2022).
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.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£13 – £65
Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event
Before the concert
Pekka Kuusisto – violin/live electronics
- Riikka Talvitie Caprice of Nature
- Andrea Tarrodi Birds of Paradise
- Outi Tarkiainen Siimes
- Erkki-Sven Tüür Conversio
- Anna Thorvaldsdottir Hrim
Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.