Premiere of the Month: Anna Clyne on her new violin concerto

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A violin concerto transforms folk tunes from around the world

British composer Anna Clyne’s new violin concerto Time and Tides takes inspiration from folk songs. While the tunes are all centred on the themes of boating and parting from loved ones, they are also representative of the orchestras that commissioned the work: the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The work is written for Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, with whom Clyne has collaborated extensively. ‘He’s such an inspiration, as both a conductor and a performer,’ she says. ‘He’s able to cover a wide range of emotional territory, so I wanted a piece that explores that breadth.’…

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