Monday 12 May 2014

New season at the South Bank

South Bank Centre
The South Bank Centre has published its 2014/15 season. Its impossible to summarise an entire season like this in an article, but I thought that I would bring out some highlights. So we have Berlioz's Requiem, Donizetti's Les Martyrs, Debussy's Pelleas et Pelisande and extracts from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov on period instruments. Festivals devoted to Rachmaninov and to Paris, plus visits from the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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).

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