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2016: Bach to the future
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 (Classical)
HILLBORG Bach Materia
SCHUBERT Overture in B flat, D470
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
Thomas Søndergård conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Good things come in small packages, and symphonies don’t come more delightful than Schubert’s irresistibly witty Fifth of 1816: Schubert paying homage to his favourite classics and ending up sounding more tuneful than ever. One hundred years later Prokofiev pulled off the same trick – with added satirical bite - in his 'Classical' Symphony of 1916. Guest conductor Thomas Søndergård won’t hold back, and he joins Finnish violin phenomenon Pekka Kuusisto in the extraordinary Bach Materia, written specially for Kuusisto by the Swedish maverick Anders Hilborg: ‘I grew up with the idea that playing the violin was about being spontaneous’, says Kuusisto – and this high-octane tribute to Bach lets him be exactly that.
Part of 2020 Vision
This concert will be filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall by Silent Studios and will be broadcast online by our streaming partner Marquee TV. The concert will premiere at 8pm on Wednesday 2 December and will be available for you to enjoy at home free of charge for an initial 7-day period.