On-Demand Audio: Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly Perform Glass, Pärt, Muhly and Bach

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Friday, Jan. 3, composer-pianist Nico Muhly joined powerhouse Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto for a joint show at (Le) Poisson Rouge featuring music by Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, J.S. Bach and Muhly himself.

The Guardian writes of Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, "[His] rare gift is to become rather than perform the music he plays." Though still in his 30s, Kuusisto has earned impressive - and sometimes provocative - credentials for his commitment to new music – he gave the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Violin Concerto – and his high-profile performances alongside the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonietta, Finnish Radio Symphony and Toronto Symphony. 

Fresh off the US premiere of his first opera Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera, New York-based Nico Muhly has cemented his position at the forefront of vibrant, sophisticated young compositional voices.

Program:

J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Allemande
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Courante
Phillip Glass: The Screens
J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande

Nico Muhly - Drones and Violin

J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Gigue

Nico Muhly - Drones and Piano: 1


J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne
Traditional: Improvisations upon Finnish traditional songs