The London Phlharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras have simultaneously rolled out their next season. Both are changing chiefs.
For the LPO:
Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, enters his final season in the role and conducts 14 Royal Festival Hall performances including two complete Wagner Ring Cycles with stellar cast
Edward Gardner, Principal Conductor Designate, opens the season with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and conducts three premieres.
For the Philharmonia:
In his final season as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a series of concerts made up of music inspired by the elemental tales found in Ancient Greek mythology including Strauss’s Elektra and the UK premiere of Salonen’s Gemini;
Philharmonia at 75, a year-long celebration (2020) marking three-quarters of a century of brilliant live music-making, definitive recordings, technological innovation and community-led outreach culminates with Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi’s Requiem and Isata Kanneh-Mason performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali (pic) conducts three distinctive programmes that include Shostakovich’s 12th Symphony, Carl Orff’s choral epic Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Clarinet Concert0 with new Philharmonia principal Carlos Ferreira;
Six of one, half a dozen of the other.