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Pekka Kuusisto director / violin Vibrant, colourful, and buzzing with energy: the American minimalist music of John Adams and Steve Reich has swept through contemporary culture like a blast of pure oxygen.
But there’s nothing minimalist about its emotional power, and in this life-affirming programme directed by the inspirational Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, it’s the perfect complement to two of Bach’s most tuneful masterpieces. Three masters speak to each other across three centuries: this is music to refresh heart and soul in equal measure.
5.45pm Free pre-concert talk. Violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto introduces tonight’s novel programme – in conversation with the CBSO’s Simon Webb.Steve Reich : Triple Quartet
J.S Bach : Violin Concerto in E major
Steve Reich : Violin Phase
J.S. Bach : Brandenburg Concerto No 3
John Adams : Shaker Loops