Monday, 25 January 2016

Barbican 2016-2017 - Jonas Kaufmann 10 day Residency

Jonas Kaufmann will be Artist in Residence at the Barbican, London.  For TEN days, during February 2017, Kaufmann will give his first major performance of Wagner in London: with Karita Mattila and Eric Halfvarson in Act I from Die Walküre, with the LSO conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.  Much more unusually, he will sing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder in the first half of the concert, and Strauss’s Four Last Songs, a work rarely performed by a tenor. The residency opens with a lieder recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch and also includes a public “in conversation” and a workshop session with Guildhall School musicians.
The Barbican's 2016-2017 series features three international orchestra residencies :

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam performs at the Barbican on 16 and 17 December. This residency will be the orchestra’s first London appearance with its new Chief Conductor, Daniele Gatti.  Two concerts featuring Ravel and Stravinsky alongside Prokofiev’s Violin
Concerto No. 2 with Lisa Batiashvili, Wagner, Mahler and Berg.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, who has said .   "For me, as a conductor, it’s like driving a Rolls Royce. The orchestra can cope with everything”. On  11 April 2017 their programme features Prokofiev’s Symphony No 1 Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 1.  

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 31 March-2 April 2017. These concerts will be Alan Gilbert’s last UK concerts as the Philharmonic’s Music Director. The performances include the European premiere of a new cello concerto by Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma. The NY Phil will also mark  John Adams’s 70th birthday with his Harmonielehre, Absolute Jest, and Short Ride in a Fast Machine. 

From the Barbican's regular resident orchestras

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari  Oramo present showpieces including Messiaen's Turangalîla-sinphonie and the complete works of Varèse.  Lots more of course, since the BBC SO is so prolific  This season finds them giving world and UK premieres of works by Kaija Saariaho, Diana Burrell, Philip Cashian, Michael Zev Gordon, Nicola LeFanu, Wolfgang Rihm and Detlev Glanert. 
The London Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director designate Simon Rattle who will do a new staging of Ligeti’s Le grand macabre, directed by Peter Sellars. Rattle also brings us a Mark-Anthony
Turnage world premiere, Remembering; and a programme featuring Lang Lang. The LSO Artist Portrait spotlights Janine Jansen.  

The Academy of Ancient Music presents a  semi-staged production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. the first of a three-year Purcell opera cycle  The staging is directed by Daisy Evans with soloists including Mhairi Lawson, Iestyn Davies, Samuel Boden and Ashley Riches with narration by actor Timothy West. Also, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Jordi Savall makes his AAM debut and tenor James Gilchrist, who works regularly with the AAM, directs the ensemble for the first time in a programme featuring Purcell and Bach. 

The Britten Sinfonia focuses on Thomas Adès and Gerald Barry, and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater. 

Massed Voices : Since Simon Halsey’s appointment as LSO Choral Director in 2012, the Orchestra’s choral programme has rapidly gained in scale and ambition and this season sees performances of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 2, with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir (16 & 20 October); John Adams’s El Niño, conducted by the composer (4 December); Fabio Luisi conducting Brahms’ German Requiem (19 March); and Bruckner’s Te Deum, with conductor Bernard Haitink (28 May). 

Baroque goodies : Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and a
stellar cast headed by Magdalena Kožená; Andreas Scholl and Accademia Bizantina performing sacred music from Neapolitan operas; The English Concert and Joyce DiDonato in Handel’s Ariodante; and Messiah with Les Arts Florissants.

As always, much, much else !

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