Slim pickings this coming week. Just as well I’m off to Verbier.
Saturday 29 July – BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Stephen Hough – Brahms 1
The BBC Phil with Juanjo Mena performing Tchaikovsky 6 was an unexpected highlight last week. How will the band fare with conductor Mark Wigglesworth in the BBC Phil’s next appearance? Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 is the one I’m listening out for.
Sunday 30 July – BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Sir James MacMillan’s A European Requiem
The European premiere of MacMillan’s A European Requiem is one half of a double-bill with Beethoven 9. Ode to Joy just sounds like a break-up song now. So, MacMillan’s work makes for a potential new discovery. Fingers crossed.
Wednesday 2 August – Philharmonia Orchestra – John Adams Naive and Sentimental Music
This was one concert I definitely wanted to go to and will, if I can do so abroad, listen to on the radio. Because Adams.
Thursday 3 August – Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie – Brahms Symphony No. 2
Brahms 2. German orchestra. Jarvi, conductor. Dead cert.