If that is what classical music is, it's really grim
My co-presenter at this evening's Britten Sinfonia pre-concert event in Norwich is violinist Pekka Kuusisto - seen above. While researching the talk I came across this in a 2007 Guardian profile:
Not that he's in sympathy with anything that might be described as crossover. Perish the thought. A few years ago, one of Kuusisto's UK visits coincided with the Classical Brit awards, and he found himself watching them on TV, agog for all the wrong reasons. "Andrea Bocelli got some kind of lifetime achievement award, and then the Opera Babes performed, and the Planets - and so the whole country is being taught to believe that this is what classical music is! It's really grim, you know? I was shocked".Less grim is the news that the first four New York performances of Missy Mazzoli's new multi-media opera 'Song from the 'Uproar: the Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt', which presumably will not feature in the Classical Brits, have sold out - more on Isabelle Eberhardt here.
* Pekka Kuusisto plays Thomas Adès' Violin Concerto with the composer conducting the Britten Sinfonia in Norwich tonight (Feb 25), on Monday (Feb 27) in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Tuesday (Feb 28) in Dublin. There is a New York Times review of their recent Lincoln Centre performance here. Kudos to BBC Radio 3 for broadcasting the QEH concert live: however the presenter is Petroc - if that is what classical music is, it's really grim - Trelawny. And yes, I know Pekka Kuusisto's agent is Harrison Parrott.
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Pekka Kuusisto performed unforgettably in our drafty local community hall in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. As well as accompanying a young student, he played with a Sydney quartet, Aulis Sallinen's "Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik's Funeral March."
His generosity to the student musician and the eye opening selection and vivacious reading of the Sallinen piece will be remembered.
Do please return him promptly to Australia!
Regards and thanks for your blog.
New South Wales