Thursday 5 February 2015

London Philharmonic Orchestra new season

: The London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall (Photo © Benjamin Ealovega)
: The London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall
Photo © Benjamin Ealovega
The London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2015/16 season, recently announced, sees principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski extending his contract to 2018 and continuing his Mahler and Bruckner symphony cycles. There are concerts from Andres Orozco-Estrada in his first season as principal guest conductor, and the previous holder of this post Yannick Nezet-Seguin returns for two concerts too.

Premieres during the season include Russian composer Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting and soloists Elena Vassileva, Iestyn Davies, Toby Spence and Nikolay Didenko (30 January 2016) and UK premieres of Krzysztof Penderecki's Harp Concerto and Adagio for Strings with the composer conducting, and soloist Xavier de Maistre (14 October 2015). Composer in residence Magnus Lindberg features with his First Violin Concerto performed by Christian Tetzlaff (11 November 2015), and the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 2 with soloist Frank Peter Zimmerman (9 December 2014). Rome Prize-winner Marc Andre Dalbavie’s new work for Matthias Goerne receives its UK premiere (9 April 2016). Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Austrian composer Thomas Larcher’s Violin Concerto (28 October 2014) and Vladimir Jurowski conducts Oliver Knussen’s Scriabin Settings alongside Scriabin’s vibrant Symphony No. 3 (3 October 2014).

The orchestra celebrates both Shakespeare and Sibelius anniversaries. Shakespeare 400 is a programme in which many of London's cultural institution are coming together to celebrate the Bard's anniversary. The London Philharmonic Orchestra's contribution includes Vladimir Jurowski conducting a gala concert with Kate Royal, Allison Bell, Iestyn Davies, Ronald Samm and Simon Keenleyside, performing scenes from Verdi's Otello and Falstaff, plus music by Britten, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Prokofiev and Thomas Adès, interspersed with readings directed by Simon Callow (23 April 2015). The theme of Shakespeare runs through a lot of the season, and there is also a programme of talks and readings. Free events in Shakespeare400 include Vladimir Jurowski conducting a selection from Shostakovich’s darkly satirical incidental music to Hamlet with musicians on the brink of professional orchestral careers who are part of LPO’s Foyle’s Future Firsts scheme (27 January 2015) and post-concert Shakespeare-inspired jazz performance with the Royal College of Music Big Band, which includes Duke Ellington’s Shakespeare-inspired Such Sweet Thunder (30 April 2016).

Sibelius features in concerts by Osmo Vänskä (10 February 2016), and Susanna Mälkki, the new chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic, who is making her London Philharmonic Orchestra debut (27 November 2015).

Family concerts include Bottom's Dream as part of the Shakespeare400 (June 2016) and one celebrating Roald Dahl's centenary in February 2016.

Full information from the London Philharmonic website

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