Things start with a bang, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts with Gloucester Choral Society, Bristol Choral Society and Philharmonia Voices plus tenor Sebastien Droy. (25/9). Marin Alsop conducts musicians from the Royal Academy of Music in Britten's War Requiem for Remembrance Sunday (9/11). The Bach Choir and their conductor David Hill celebrate the music of John Tavener with a programme including The Protecting Veil and Requiem (25/11). And the Batch Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Hill perform Mendelssohn's Elijah with Simon Keenlyside in the title role (7/6).
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra make a visit on 8 January 2014 performing Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 and extracts from Wagner's Ring Cycle. Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic visit for a residency which includes Mahler's Resurrection Symphony (14/2/2015). Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform Brahms and Mozart with Maria Joao Pires (20/5/2015).
The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski are exploring Rachmaninov with a season called Rachmaninov: Inside Out, 11 concerts which explore Rachmaninov's music alongside that of his contemporaries such as Symanowski and Enescu. The Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen are celebrating Paris, in City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 with music from Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande (with Monica Bacelli, Stephane Degout and Laurent Naouri, 27/11) and Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony. The South Bank Centre's Artist in Residence, percussionist Colin Currie, is celebrated in a festival Metal Wood Skin (17/9 - 11/12). Almost sixty year's after his Royal Festival Hall debut, Daniel Barenboim returns with The Barenboim Project.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment continue the Rameau celebrations with a double bill of two of his operas, Anacreon and Pigmalion with Jonathan Williams conducting a cast including Anna Dennis and Matthew Brook (9/10). Opera Rara continues its exploration of the operas of Donizetti, as Mark Elder conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Donizetti's large-scale French opera Les Martyrs with Bryan Hymel, Joyce El-Khoury, David Kempster, Brindley Sherratt, Clive Bayle and Wynne Evans (4/11). Vladimir Jurowski moves to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a concert which includes scenes from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with Sergei Leiferkus and Tchaikovsky's First Symphony (15/1).
The Feinstein Ensemble are giving us a chance to hear all of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in one go (18/10). And the Bach Weekend 2015 includes the violin concertos, the Italian concerto and much more (13-15/3). And there are two different passions. David Hill, the Bach Choir and Florilegium perform the St Matthew Passion on (29/3/2015), whilst Mark Padmore leads a smaller scale performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (2/4/2015)
Kids stuff includes the London Philharmonic Orchestra's performance Benjamin Wallfisch's The Toad and the Snail based on Roald Dahl's text (26/10), and Colin Matthew's The Pied Piper of Hamelin based on a text by Michael Morpurgo (8/2).
Elsewhere on this blog:
- Coptic epic: Peeter Vahi's Maria Magdalene - CD review
- Two for the price of one: Luis Gomes and Giordano Luca - Rosenblatt Recital
- Drama and Passion: Rosalind Plowright recital disc - CD review
- First opera triumph: Julian Anderson's Thebans at ENO - Opera review
- Not just Witches and Bitches: An encounter with Rosalind Plowright - interview
- And The Snowman came too: Vladimir Ashkenazy plays Howard Blake - CD review
- Undeservedly neglected: Poulenc Sept Repons de Tenebres and Stabat Mater - CD Review
- Arias for Farinelli: Ann Hallenberg, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - concert review
- London International A Cappella Competition: The Final
- Singing the Oceans Alive
- London International A Cappella Competition: Round 2
- Melvyn Tan and friends at the Yehudi Menuhin School
- On cracking form: Handel's Tamerlano - CD review
- Handel's Israel in Egypt at King's College, Cambridge - concert review
- Spare daring: What Becomes by Thomas Larcher - CD review