Pekka Kuusisto & ACO Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne.
★★★★½ 'ACO's latest Finnish recruit gets off to a stimulating start.'
'A great evening of great playing, then, that took and held the attention throughout. If Kuustisto’s future programmes are as interesting as this one, expect me to be first in the queue.'
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, 17 February
'The first ACO concert of the season brings great satisfaction: the cultural year has truly begun.'
'Kuusisto has a stage presence that is simultaneously elegant and mischievous. With his balletic conducting gestures and expressive eyes, he led the ensemble into the exciting territory of modern works, classic masterpieces and a reimagined Beethoven quartet.'
Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times, 8 February
'ACO Collective in safe hands with fine Finn.'
'Having collaborated with ACO regularly since 2001, Kuusisto is familiar as a genre-blurring wunderkind with unfettered interpretative approaches that sees old repertoire treated with spontaneity and the new embraced with breezy enthusiasm.'
Eamonn Kelly, The Australian, 9 February
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Beethoven & The 21st Century
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NICO MUHLY (arr. strings) Part I from Drones & Violin
ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR Action–Passion–Illusion
TIPPETT A Lament from Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
BRYCE DESSNER (arr. strings) Tenebre
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in F minor, Op.95 ‘Serioso’