The brain is fried. This, in part, because I broke my ‘no alcohol during the week’ rule last night to celebrate a colleague’s birthday, and because of the LPO’s new season announcement released today. I’ve barely got into my stride with 2015 and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are making me think about next year. The rotters.
There are some delights to be found in the line-up. I’ve included some below:
- Vladimir Jurowski conducts Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 (26 Sept).
- Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 is conducted by Susanna Mälkki who debuts with the LPO (27 Nov).
- Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 (5 Feb).
- Marking the Sibelius’s 150th anniversary conductor Osmo Vänskä conducts excerpts from Sibelius’s The Tempest Suites 1 & 2 (10 Feb).
- David Charles Abell conducts a live score to a screening of the iconic film Brief Encounter with Jayson Gillham at the piano for Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto (18 Mar).
- 400 years to the day of Shakespeare’s death, Vladimir Jurowski leads a gala concert, featuring soloists Kate Royal, Allison Bell, Iestyn Davies, Ronald Samm and Simon Keenleyside, including scenes from Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff, and settings of works by the Bard from Britten, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Prokofiev and Thomas Adès (23 Apr).
I was really interested to read about the 79% attendance figures for LPO concerts during the Southbank’s brilliant The Rest is Noise festival a couple of years ago. A high figure I hadn’t been aware of before (more an indication I don’t usually read below the page fold on a press release), and an encouraging one. The LPO’s commitment to commissioning and performing new works is reflected in the 2015-2016 season with premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, Alexander Raskatov, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Marc-André Dalbavie.