Playing the Sibelius concerto in the style of … Philip Glass
November 30, 2015 by norman lebrecht
Pekka Kuusisto, who won the Sibelius competition 20 years ago, was having a serious video conversation with Vesa Siren about how he played the concerto, then and now. Serious, as only Finns can.
But then the conversation got a bit out of hand as Vesa challenged Pekka to play in other styles.
Folk music, for instance? Easy.
John Adams? Easier still.
On to Philip Glass and, finally Radiohead.
Watch the cracking video here (English subtitles). Violin nerds start at the beginning. The rest of your race forward to 6.50, that’s where the fun starts.
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