Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Zurich International Orchestra Series at Cadogan Hall

Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
The tenth Zurich International Orchestra Series at Cadogan Hall presents sixteen concerts with eleven international orchestras in the 2016-2017 season. Highlights include a chance to hear Edward Gardner conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra celebrating the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev's birth. Soloists include Alison Balsom in Hummel, Freddy Kempf in Rachmaninov, Natalie Clein in Dvorak and Pavel Kolesnikov in Tchaikovsky.

Valery Gergiev will conduct the Maryinsky Orchestra in all of Prokofiev's symphonies, plus the violin concertos with Kristof Barati, spread across three concerts. The Brussels Philharmonic under their chief conductor Stephane Deneve will be exploring the music of the young French composer Guillaume Connesson in two concerts, alongside Beethoven, Respighi, and Rachmaninov, plus Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante with Jerome Pernoo.

The Spanish State Symphony Orchestra and conductor Grzegroz Nowak will be performing a programme which includes music by Falla, Rodrigo and Gimenez, plus Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. Vladimir Fedoseyev conducts the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Borodin, RVW and Tchaikovsky, including the Piano Concerto No. 1 with Pavel Kolesnikov.

Libor Pesek and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will perform a programme of Dvorak and Smetana, and are joined by Natalie Clein for Dvorak's Cello Concerto. The Zurich Chamber Orchestra is joined by trumpeter Alison Balsom and pianist Gabriela Montero for a programme which includes concertos by Hummel and Mozart, as well as Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano and Trumpet.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and their chief conductor Edward Gardner play Grieg (of course) and Bartok, plus Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Norwegian cellist Truls Mork. The Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra under its new chief conductor Utaka Sado are performing three concerts with a repertoire including Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Brahms, with Angel Hewitt in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.4,  and Emma Johnson in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.

The series returns to Norway for the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, conductor Michael Sanderling, who perform Beethoven's first and last symphonies, with soloists Anita Watson, Samantha Price, Alexander James Edwards and Thomas Faulkner. For the final concert in the series, we return to Russia with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Yuri Simonov, performing Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Freddy Kempf.

Full information from the Cadogan Hall website.

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