Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra new season

Kirill Karabits (credit Sasha Gustov)
Kirill Karabits (credit Sasha Gustov)
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra seems to be on something of a roll at the moment, under their chief conductor Kirill Karabits. Whilst the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's 2013/14 season includes Kirill Karabits complete Brahms symphony cycle with them, further explorations of the Russian repertoire as well as Karabits' first Bruckner symphony with the orchestra (and his first in the UK), it also includes a performance of C.P.E. Bach's St. John Passion.

Karabits will not only be conducting the C.P.E. Bach's 1784 work (presented to celebrate the composer's 300th anniversary), but Karabits also discovered it. The manuscript was long thought lost, but it was part of an archive taken from Berlin by Russian soldiers; Karabits discovered the work in an archive in Kiev and has transcribed the piece. It will be performed on 16 April 2014 at Cadogan Hall with the BBC Singers. Other baroque music in the year includes Handel's Messiah conducted by Christian Curnyn.

Kirill Karabits is, of course, known for the Russian repertoire and he will be performing Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertanta, Symphony no. 2 plus Korngold's Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti. The orchestra will be recoding more Prokofiev with Karabits for Onyx classics.

The piano features quite strongly in the season with a debut from Valentina Lisitsa, Stephen Hough performing Liszt, appearances from Francesco Piemontesi and Simon Trpceski. But the highlight must surely be a rare appearance by Radu Lupu performing Bartok's Piano Concerto no. 3. The orchestra will also be celebrating John Lill's 70th birthday.

Other notable events in the orchestra's season include the largest ever contribution to the Friday Afternoons project, which aims to get children singing. 1800 children will gather Bristol's Colston Hall and, conducted by Karabits, will sing Britten's Friday Afternoons. Also part of the Britten celebrations, Adrian Partington will be conducting Britten's War Requiem with Bristol and Gloucester Choral Societies.

The orchestra's contemporary music group, Kokoro, will be performing Jonathan Lloyd's score to Hitchcock's silent film Blackmail as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. The concert will also be the start of a three year residency with composer Hywel Davies.

Further information from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's website.

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