The London Philharmonic Orchestra announces its season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for 2018/19, confirming its reputation for adventurous programming with rarities and world premieres alongside the great works of orchestral music that together celebrate LPO’s power in inspiring its audiences.
The celebrated partnership between Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, and LPO continues with 12 Royal Festival Hall concerts in 2018/19 season, including Wagner’s Die Walküre; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress; Bruckner symphonies in his continuing cycle; Haydn’s The Seasons; a Mozart and Mahler concert with Mitsuko Uchida, Dame Sarah Connolly and Stuart Skelton; a major Armistice centenary event including a world premiere of a specially-commissioned work by former Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg; a programme featuring music by Czech composers who died in the Holocaust for which he is joined by the Borodin Quartet, and a fiftieth anniversary performance of Berio’s Sinfonia with The Swingles, who sang in its historic first performance in 1968.
At a time when the nature of what it is to be British dominates the national debate, LPO is presenting a major celebration of the music of Britain in Isle of Noises across the whole of 2019: three centuries of British music from the first great English opera, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to a world premiere by one of the leading British voices of today, Helen Grime. The season also takes in three major Elgar works as well as music by Bax, Walton and a rare outing for music by Alice Mary Smith (born London 1839), the first British woman to write a symphony.
Throughout 2018, London Philharmonic Orchestra continues its year-long chronological exploration of the life and works of Igor Stravinsky, Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey, which in the newly announced season, reaches the composer’s pioneering and provocative works from the 1940s onwards.
Proud of its reputation for commissioning and sharing new music, this season includes premieres of major works by some of today’s most exciting living composers including Pascal Dusapin,
Helen Grime, Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Anders Hillborg. The world premiere of Lindberg’s Triumph to Exist, specially commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 by LPO and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and conducted by Jurowski on 10 November 2018, promises to be a major moment of reflection at this historic time.
Complementing LPO’s annual summer seasons at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the new season includes some extraordinary operatic work. A particular highlight is the first performance in 120 years of the original version of Puccini’s first opera Le Villi, conducted by Sir Mark Elder with a cast headed by Ermonela Jaho (21 Nov 2018). Vladimir Jurowski conducts Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress (3 Nov 2018), and Wagner’s Die Walküre with a starry cast of singers as the second instalment of his and LPO’s first Ring cycle (27 Jan 2019). Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and features Marie-Claude Chappuis and Benjamin Appl in the title roles and Lucy Crowe as Belinda (30 Jan 2019). Superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez joins the orchestra for an evening of popular opera arias (29 Mar 2019).
Among the other highlights of the season are the UK premiere of Gounod’s Concerto for Pedal Piano played by Roberto Pressado, which sees the first outing of this extraordinary instrument for well over a century in London; a Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle across two evenings from pianist Javier Perianes, conducted by his compatriot Juanjo Mena; powerful choral concerts with London Philharmonic Choir including Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Berio’s Sinfonia and Haydn’s The Seasons; as well as the much-loved concerts for children and families, LPO FUNharmonics, which this season includes a screening of the new animated film based on The Highway Rat, the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler with live orchestra.
Many other great guest artists join the LPO once again, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Benjamin Appl, Dame Sarah Connolly, Edward Gardner, Matthias Goerne, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Janine Jansen, Simon Keenlyside, Viktoria Mullova, Andreas Ottensamer, Alondra de la Parra, Vasily Petrenko, Stuart Skelton, Christian Tetzlaff, Robin Ticciati and Mitsuko Uchida, to name just a few.
Timothy Walker, LPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said:
“I programmed our survey of British music before the EU referendum was announced, but it’s perfectly timed as discussions about Britain’s place in not only Europe but the world dominate the news agenda. Not only is LPO playing works during the season by composers born and bred in Britain, but also those who were born abroad but came to London to work and even took British nationality.
LPO is proud of its record of being an international orchestra, from its being the first to play in China/Russia to its present day touring of Asia, America and Europe and being an orchestra made up of players from 27 countries. Everyone at LPO feels passionately about giving audiences around the world exposure to the unique wonder and emotional power of orchestral music through presenting unfamiliar works and world premieres as well as the best loved pieces. We look forward to embarking on our season of adventure.”
Highlights include celebration of 300 years of British music & continuation of Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey
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