Concert # 5
Monday 8th & wednesday 10th of august - 8:30 pm
Conductor & soloist: Pekka Kuusisto, violín
Soloist: Allan Clayton, tenor
Henry Purcell: Fantasia VII in C minor, Z 738
Henry Purcell: Let the night Perish, (Job’s Curse) , Z 191 (arranged by Muhly)
Henry Purcell: Fantasia XIII in F major “‘Upon one Note” , Z 745
Michael Tippett: A lament from Divertimento on “Sellinger's Round” (1953–54)
Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations, for tenor & string orchestra, Op. 18
Steve Reich: Duet, for two violines & string orchestra (1993)
John Adams: Shaker Loops, for string orchestra (1983)
As centerpice of an outstanding programme, Britten`s Les Illuminations with textes of Rimbaud, and a journey from Purcell`s English Barroque to the creations of two of the most important current American composers.
One of Europe’s most celebrated and pioneering chamber orchestras, Britten Sinfonia is praised for the quality of its performances and an intelligent approach to concert programming that is centred around the development of its players. Unusually it does not have a principal conductor or director but chooses to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum as suited to each particular project.
Britten Sinfonia has residencies in Cambridge and Norwich with a major concert series at London’s Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall. The orchestra also performs in many of Europe’s finest concert halls and festivals including recent appearances at the BBC Proms, the City of London Festival and venues such as the Eindhoven’s Muziekcentrum, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Glyndebourne and London’s Barbican Centre.
The orchestra has received many awards including the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award in May 2009 for its Britten Sinfonia at Lunch series, the RPS Ensemble Award in 2007 in recognition of its work, a Gramophone Award in 2008 and the 2008 Arts & Business International Award.
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians working today. Always demonstrating his extraordinary individuality and imagination, Pekka is unusually fluid in his approach and has been acclaimed for the spontaneity and freshness in his playing. Pekka became the first Finn to win the Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995.
In February 2010 he directed the Britten Sinfonia in a major tour of the Netherlands and UK that premiered Nico Muhly’s latest work, a project which was then nominated for the Classical Music Prize 2010 by the VSCD (Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Halls).He has a strong ongoing relationship with the ensemble, and various tours and projects are planned in the coming seasons.
As a concert soloist, Pekka offers some fascinating contemporary repertoire as well as fresh insights into the core works. Pekka Kuusisto plays a Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini violin of 1752 kindly loaned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Since childhood educated in the purest English choral tradition, and then with postgraduate studies on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, the young English tenor Allan Clayton has placed himself as one of the most distinguished voices of the new generation.
He was awarded a Star Award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, ‘The Queen's Commendation for Excellence 2007, and the John Christie Award after his highly successful debut in the title role of Albert Herring at the 2008 Glyndebourne Festival.
Recent concert engagements include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, among others, with conductors including William Christie, Giandrea Noseda, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Egarr.