Monday 24 June 2013

International orchestras at the Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall, picture credit David Underdown
Whilst the South Bank Centre offers its International Season of orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall (see my preview of the 2013/14 concerts), the Cadogan Hall has its own series during 2013/14 presenting 14 concerts by 10 international orchestras in the relatively intimate confines of the Cadogan Hall. The selection of orchestras is varied, enabling us to hear quite a few different ensembles from Moscow, Brussels, Vienna, Basel, Zurich and Tokyo in a wide selection repertoire which includes three programmes of music by John Adams, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Arvo Part, as well as featuring some notable soloists including Barry Douglas, Julian Lloyd Webber and Leif Ove Andsnes.

The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, conductor Vladimir Fedosyev, perform Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony plus Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Leif Ove Andsnes directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the piano in Beethoven's Piano Concertos nos. 2 and 4, plus music by Stravinsky. Libor Pesek conducts the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and they are joined by Chloe Hanslip for a performance of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, plus music by Strauss and Dvorak.

The Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra give three concerts under conductor Michael Tabachnik, performing both Ravel piano concertos with Andreas Haefliger, plus music inspired by the ballet (noatably Diaghilev's Ballets Russes) by Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky Korsakov, Ravel and Dukas.

Barry Douglas is the soloist in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, plus music by Kodaly and Beethoven. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra appear with their conductor Eiji Oue, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra are conducted by Sir Roger Norrington in an all Mozart programme including Piano Concerto no. 21 with Jonathan Biss.

Dennis Russell Davies and the Basel Symphony Orchestra give three concerts featuring music by contemporary composers, including John Adams' Harmonielehre, Michael Nyman's Prosperos Books, and Philip Glass's Symphony no. 6 alongside music by Arvo Part and further music by Adams, Glass and Nyman.

The Moscow Chamber Orchestra perform Shostakovich's Cello Concerto no. 1 with soloist Julian Lloyd Webber under conductor Yuri Simonov and the series concludes with Emmanuel Krivine conducting his own period instrument orchestra La Chambre Philharmonique in an all Berlioz programme with Michele Leiser the soloist in Les nuits d'ete.

Further information from Cadogan Hall website.

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