After kicking off the ACO’s 2016 national season in his new role as Artistic Director of ACO Collective, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto makes his Western Australia debut with The Four Seasons. Alongside ACO’s fiery young guns he will perform Vivaldi’s masterwork as well as dazzling interpretations of the seasons by Argentine composer Piazzolla and American composer Philip Glass.
Pekka says, “It’s going to be a rhythm-driven, dancing program with lots of opportunities for improvisation and a need for nonstop communication between all the players”.
Pekka Kuusisto. Photo by Mick Bruzzese.
Audiences will go through a voyage of discovery with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – the jubilation of spring, the balmy unpredictability of summer, autumn’s nocturnal labyrinth of dissonances, and winter’s turbulent passion.
Video: Pekka performs Vivaldi's Winter.
Tango wizard Astor Piazzolla originally conceived his work as individual ‘season’ tangos, later combining them to become The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Piazzolla’s work gracefully juxtaposes the refined beauty of Vivaldi’s concertos with the torrid mystery of the Argentinean tango.
Astor Piazzolla playing Bandoneon.
Philip Glass is considered one of the most successful American composers of his generation. His American Four Seasons was created to serve as a companion to Vivaldi’s piece, with Glass leaving it to the audience to make their own interpretation of his seasons.
Philip Glass performing Book of Longing in Milan, September 2008.
The Four Seasons
29 Apr-8 May
Albany, Manjimup, Margaret River, Bunbury, Mandurah, Geraldton
Pekka Kuusisto Director & Violin
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
PIAZZOLLA (arr. Desyatnikov) The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Estaciones Porteñas)
PHILIP GLASS Violin Concerto No.2 ‘The American Four Seasons’