Sunday 4 August 2013

LSO's 2013/14 season

London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican
The London Symphony Orchestra's 2013/14 season is full of good things. There's Gergiev in Berlioz (lots of it), Gergiev in Scriabin, a concert performance of Rigoletto, a new Peter Maxwell Davies symphony, Der Rosenkavalier and Harrison Birtwistle's Earth Dances to name but a few.

The LSO's chief conductor has a six concert Berlioz festival conducting the Symphonie fantastique and Les nuits d'ete with Karen Cargill (31/10 & 14/11), The Death of Cleopatre with Cargill and Harold in Italy with Antoine Tamestit (1/11 & 12/11), The Damnation of Faust with Olga Borodina, Michael Spyres and Ildar Abdrazakov (3/11, 7/11) and Romeo and Juliet with Borodina, Kenneth Tarver and Ildar Abdrazakov (6/11 & 13/11). The rather curious mixture of English and French for the titles is taken directly from the LSO season book, clearly there are some titles no-one dares do in English any more (Fantastic Symphony any one, Summer Nights?)

Their Sunday choral concerts have become something of a fixture and there is plenty to look forward to. Gianandrea Noseda conducts a concert performance of Verdi's Rigoletto with Dmitri Platanias, Desiree Rancatore and Giuseppe Filanotti(15/9), Gergiev does The Damnation of Faust (see above), Richard Egarr conducts Haydn's Creation with Marlis Petersen, Jeremy Ovenden and Gerald Finley (12/1), Antonio Pappano conducts the premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies' Symphony no. 10 which has been commissioned by the LSO (2/1), then Gergiev returns for Scriabin Symphony no. 4 (Poem of Ecstasy) (30/3) and Fabio Luisi conducts Beethoven's Mass in C as part of the LSO Discovery Singing Day.

Scriabin is something of a theme because in addition to the Poem of ecstasy Gergiev conducts Symphony no. 2 (10/4) and Symphony no. 3 (The Divine Poem) (13/4), plus two lunchtime recitals which include Scriabin piano sonatas (3/4, 10/4).

There are in fact three choirs in the LSO family. The one we usually see is, of course, the London Symphony Chorus, there is also the LSO Youth Choirs for children aged seven to 18, and then there is the LSO Community Choir for those who have never sung or for whom singing is just a distant memory. The community choir rehearses on Monday evenings at LSO St. Luke's and will be performing a concert entitled Norwegian Requiem there along with Wells Cathedral Girls Choir on 26 November.

Also at LSO St. Lukes, the Estonia Philharmonic Chamber choir under their conductor Daniel Reuss perform on 22 January 2014.

The regular orchestral repertoire isn't neglected and there are concerts at the Barbican with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Eliot Gardiner, Mark Elder and Simon Rattle. Eliot Gardiner is conducting a pair of concerts mixing Mendelssohn's symphonies and overtures with Schumann concertos. Should be interesting to hear what he and the orchestra come up with. And Elder is conducting extracts from Der Rosenkavalier with Anne Schwanewilms, Sarah Connolly and Lucy Crowe!

Daniel Harding's concerts with the orchestra include Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Christiane Stotijn and Burkhard Fritz (20/11), Act two of Tristan und Isolde (28/11), the premiere of Huw Watkins' Flute Concerto (23/2) and Harrison Birtwistle's Earth Dances (20/5)

Andrzej Panufnik's centenary is celebrated with performances of his Sinfonia Sacra and Lullaby (5/2), plus of course the LSO Panufnik Young Composers scheme continues apace.
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