The new season announcement from the London Philharmonic Orchestra downgrades what ought to be its most important role to that of little more than passing traffic. Vladimir Jurowski will conduct just ten concerts in the season. How do they justify that? Either the rising Juro’s on his way out, or the title has become meaningless. Or both.
The power behind the LPO sits behind a desk. His name is Timothy Walker and his title is Chief Executive and Artistic Director. Maestros need not apply.
Press release below.
London Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2014/15 Royal Festival Hall season
Season at a glance:
- Rachmaninoff: Inside Out is the most extensive celebration of Rachmaninoff’s music ever undertaken in a season with 11 concerts including the complete symphonies & piano concertos (in all versions), the opera The Miserly Knight, the choral masterpiece The Bells, rare performances of the cantata Spring and orchestral songs as well as a selection of other much-loved and rare orchestral works
- Magnus Lindberg announced as new Composer in Residence with premieres of two important new works, including a specially-commissioned piece for soprano Barbara Hannigan and a second piano concerto
- Other major commissions and premieres are by out-going Composer in Residence Julian Anderson, Harrison Birtwistle(in his 80th birthday year), double-Oscar winner James Horner, BASCAwinner Colin Matthews and Emmy-nominated Benjamin Wallfisch
- Ten concerts with Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, including most of the premieres as well as many programmes focussed on Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries
- Distinguished visiting conductors include Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrew Manze, Juanjo Mena, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vassily Sinaisky and Osmo Vänskä
- · Robin Ticciati makes his LPO debut at the Royal Festival Hall consolidating the Orchestra’s relationship with new Music Director of Glyndebourne
- Strong showing for pianists includes Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yefim Bronfman, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Piers Lane, Nikolai Lugansky, Maria João Pires, Lars Vogt and nonagenarian master Menahem Pressler
- Outstanding young talent includes pianists Behzod Abduraimov, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Pavel Kolesnikov and Igor Levit; violinists Alexandra Soumm and Ray Chen; and conductor Ilyich Rivas
- Author Michael Morpurgo and composer Colin Matthews team up for major new work for children, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, conducted by Jurowski, plus other brand new works for children by Benjamin Wallfisch on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts
Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said:
“Through uncompromising live performances of Rachmaninoff’s major works for orchestra, given by the best imaginable conductors and soloists, I think audiences will not only take pleasure in the much-loved melodies, colourful orchestrations and powerful atmosphere of this great Russian composer’s music, but also really experience its sincerity, impeccable craftsmanship and brilliance.
I’m delighted that Magnus Lindberg, one of today’s most inventive and inspiring creators of orchestral music, becomes our new Composer in Residence and we continue our commitment to new music with premieres of two new works by him, alongside others by Julian Anderson, Harrison Birtwistle, Colin Matthews, James Horner and Benjamin Wallfisch. I’m also pleased to welcome back so many distinguished artists and to introduce so many young and talented performers.”