At the heart of the concert is a memorised performance of Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony, the composer’s final and arguably greatest single musical achievement. This most perfectly-crafted expression of symphonic form is presented here entirely from memory: a thrillingly direct and communicative performance style pioneered by Aurora in recent seasons as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.
The programme also includes the world premiere of a new work by Max Richter created especially for this project, and Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto Concentric Paths, a soaring modern masterpiece described by The Guardian’s Tom Service as follows:
‘In just 20 minutes, this three-movement piece does something magical. The way it swirls ethereally in the first movement, exerts a tragic and vice-like grip in the chaconne-like second part and finally propels you into the uninhibited flights of the finale is being spun into an infinite space.’
Pekka Kuusisto – himself one of the brightest stars in today's musical firmament – makes his debut appearance with Aurora as soloist for a celestial programme that promises to be one of the musical highlights of 2019.
Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series
RepertoireBeethoven: Molto adagio from String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 (Razumovsky)