Beethoven String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 (second movement)
Thomas Adès Violin Concerto Op. 24, ‘Concentric Paths’
Max Richter New work (world premiere)
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551, ‘Jupiter’ (from memory)
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Nicholas Collon conductor
We explore celestial sounds and the cosmic order in an eclectic programme enriched by choreography and illustration.
For the Greek philosophers and their later admirers in the Renaissance, music was of profound importance, woven into the fabric of the cosmos as elemental sounds produced by the stars and planets themselves. This enduring concept of the ‘music of the spheres’ provides the starting point for what promises to be one of our most visually spectacular Orchestral Theatre adventures, with elements of design, lighting, projection and illustration placing the orchestra inside these ancient visions of our solar system.
At the heart of the concert is a memorised performance of Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony, the composer’s final and arguably greatest single musical achievement. This most perfectly-crafted expression of symphonic form is presented here entirely from memory: a thrillingly direct and communicative performance style pioneered by us in recent seasons as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.
The programme also includes the world premiere of a new work by Max Richter created especially for this project, and Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto ‘Concentric Paths’, a soaring modern masterpiece performed by Pekka Kuusisto – one of the brightest stars in today’s musical firmament.
Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre