Currentzis and Kuusisto

24 September 2016


Saturday 20:00 / Beethovenhalle


Presented by
Beethovenfest Bonn


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D minor op. 61

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG: Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte op. 41 (based on an poem by Lord Byron)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92

  • Conductor Michael Wendeberg (Schönberg)
  • Violin & Director Pekka Kuusisto
  • Speaker Sunnyi Melles

Broadcast Date:
21 December 2016 at 20:05 on WDR 3

On this tour, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to one of classical music’s most notorious revolutionaries, Ludwig van Beethoven. Since MCO Artistic Partner Teodor Currentzis unfortunately had to withdraw from this tour due to illness, the MCO will be led by violinist Pekka Kuusisto from the violin, conductor Michael Wendeberg (for Schönberg's Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte) and MCO concertmaster Matthew Truscott.

This programme closely adheres to the theme of Beethovenfest Bonn 2016: Revolution. In addition to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Symphony no. 7, this concert includes Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, a work alluding to Beethoven’s French contemporary. 

The MCO last appeared at the Beethovenfest Bonn in 2014 with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and their award-winning Beethoven Journey, which featured performances of the complete Beethoven piano concertos in three concerts. 

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Thursday 20:30pm / Kursaal

Works by: Ludwig van Beethoven, Arvo Pärt

With: Conductor Teodor Currentzis, Violin Pekka Kuusisto

25 September 2016 Bonn

Sunday 18:00pm / Stadtmuseum Siegburg

Works by: Pekka Kuusisto, Steve Reich, Johann Sebastian Bach

With: Violin Pekka Kuusisto, Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra