Tuesday 1 October 2013

October on the South Bank

Arcangelo Corelli
Arcangelo Corelli
October on the South Bank sees visits from Orchestra Mozart and the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, under conductors Claudio Abbado, Marin Alsop and Diego Matheuz. Britten's centenary get a strong showing including performances of Noyes Fludde and the War Requiem. The Rest is Noise moves to the middle of the 20th century, with all the fascinating contradictions that that entails (Poulenc's Stabat Mater and Stockhausen's Gruppen!). The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment celebrate the influence of Corelli and Andriss Nelsons starts his Brahms cycle with the Philharmonia.

Things start with something of a bang with Claudio Abbado conducting the Orchestra Mozart in its UK debut, in a programme of Haydn and Mozart with Marta Argerich as the piano soloist (1/10). The orchestra returns on with Diego Matheuz conducting a programme of Rossini and Beethoven with Maria Joae Pires  as soloist (3/10) Other visitors include the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop who will be performing Berio's Sinfonia (25/10).

The Britten centenary celebrations continue apace, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in The Prince of the Pagodas Suite, Suite on English Folk Tunes, Nocturne and the Cello Symphony with soloists Mark Padmore and Truls Mork (2/10), Noyes Fludde gets an outing with musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra (12/10) and Jurowski conducts the War Requiem with the LPO and soloists Tatian Monogarova, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne. Interestingly the performance is billed to use two conductors, with Neville Creed conducting the chamber orchestra (12/10)

The Rest Is Noise has reached the modern era so we have Prokofiev and Shostakovich with the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra and Kyrill Karabits (4/10), Stockhausen and Boulez (5/10), Ligeti Stockhausen, Messiaen and Boulez (6/10) and Stockhausen's Gruppen with Martyn Brabbins conducting the London Sinfonietta (6/10).  The festival is nothing if not catholic, there is also a live performance of 2001: A Space Odyssey (7/10), and Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (29/10) And Poulenc's Stabat Mater is performed by the LPO under Yannick Nezet Seguin alongside Poulenc's Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7 Nezet Seguin and the LPO are also pairing Shostakovich's Symphony no. 13 'Babi Yar' was Dutilleu's cello concerto Tout un monde lointain with soloists Jean-Guihen Queyras and Mikhail Petrenko (26/10).  The LPO return under Mikhail Jurowski for another seminal cello concerto, that of Lutoslawski, alongside Schnittke's Symphony no. 1 and music by Ligeti (30/10)

Andriss Nelsons and the Philharmonic perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 1 with Helene Grimaud as soloist (10/11), and the Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Double Concerto and Symphony no. 3 (13/10).

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment help bring the month to a close with Alison Bury directing a programme of music by Corelli and composers such as Muffat, Handel and Geminiani whom Corelli influenced. They also include the London premiere of Clare Connors Corelli Leaves. (31/10). OAE are back with the night shift later that evening, their contemporary late-night take on classical music.

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