Press Release: London Symphony Orchestra and LSO St Luke's February Highlights 2015


  • PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR VALERY GERGIEV CONTINUES REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIANS SERIES
  • GIANANDREA NOSEDA CONDUCTS MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO 6 AND LISZT’S PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 WITH ALICE SARA OTT
  • SIR MARK ELDER AND SUSAN GRAHAM PERFORM BERLIOZ’S LES NUITS D’ÉTÉ
  • DAVID AFKHAM CONDUCTS THE LSO IN BRAHMS, BEETHOVEN AND WEBERN
  • CELLIST NATALIE CLEIN AND FRIENDS GIVE FOUR BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS AT LSO ST LUKE’S

LSO Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev continues his Revolutionary Russians series on Thursday 19 February with a programme of Balakirev’s Tamara and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 1, alongside Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with LSO Leader Roman Simovic as soloist. The series continues on 12 May 2015. Ahead of the concert on 19 February, Guildhall School musicians will give a free concert of piano works by Rachmaninov at 6pm.

On Sunday 15 February, Gianandrea Noseda (Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, 2015) conducts his second LSO concert of the season following the critically acclaimed premiere of Sally Beamish’s Equal Voices in November, with pianist Alice Sara Ott in a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2, and Mahler’s Symphony No 6. The German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott, a virtuoso product of the Salzburg Mozarteum and herself a child prodigy, has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide and has established herself as one of the most exciting musical talents of today. She will also perform in a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at LSO St Luke’s on 20 November 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 (‘Pathétique’) on Thursday 5 February. This concert also includes the world premiere of a new work by Patrick Brennan, a graduate of the LSO Panufnik Young Composers Scheme. The Scheme is an exciting initiative offering six emerging composers each year the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra. It has been devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, and is supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust. Under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews, the scheme enables composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills; they form collaborative musical relationships with LSO players as well as witnessing their works put under the microscope by the LSO and François-Xavier Roth in a public workshop rehearsal. The next of these will take place on Friday 5 June 2015.

On Sunday 1 February David Afkham, winner of the 2008 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, makes his LSO Barbican season debut. He conducts Webern’s Passacaglia, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 with US soloist Nicholas Angelich, and Brahms’ Symphony No 2. David Afkham has been appointed as Principal Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra from the 2015/16 season, and is one of the most sought after conductors to emerge from Germany in recent years.

LSO St Luke’s will host four BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concerts during February in a series curated by cellist Natalie Clein. The first is on Thursday 5 February, where she performs Bach’s Suite No 3 in C major for solo cello, and pianist Sergio Tiempo plays Chopin’s Three Preludes from Op 28. They then perform together in Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D minor. On Thursday 12 February, Clein performs an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for String Trio, with Krzysztof Chorzelski on viola and Henning Kraggerud on violin. Violinist Anthony Marwood joins Natalie on Thursday 19 February in a performance of Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, Kodály’s Duo and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, and on Thursday 26 February she ends the series with a recital including Bach’s Gamba Sonata No 1 in G major, with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. Natalie Clein has been praised for her soulful, sensitive and profound approach to music making. A dedicated chamber musician, Natalie has collaborated with numerous international artists and is the artistic director of her own chamber music festival in Dorset, UK.

LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey conducts an LSO Choral Singing Day on Saturday 7 February from 11am–4.30pm at LSO St Luke’s. Open to anyone with some sight-singing ability, Halsey leads participants in workshops, followed by an informal performance of Duruflé’s Requiem, offering fresh insights into singing this much-loved choral work. This LSO Choral Singing Day precedes a performance of Duruflé’s Requiem on 1 March 2015 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Full February listings for the LSO and LSO St Luke’s can be found below.

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LISTINGS INFORMATION

Sunday 1 February 2015 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
WEBERN Passacaglia
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 3
BRAHMS Symphony No 2
David Afkham conductor
Nicholas Angelich piano

Thursday 5 February 2015 1pm, LSO St Luke’s
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
BACH Suite No 3 in C major for solo cello
CHOPIN Three Preludes from Op 28
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello sonata in D minor
Natalie Clein cello
Sergio Tiempo piano

Thursday 5 February 2015 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 6 (‘Pathétique’)
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Susan Graham mezzo-soprano

Saturday 7 February 2015 11am-4.30pm, LSO St Luke’s
LSO Choral Singing Day
DURUFLÉ Requiem
Simon Halsey conductor

Sunday 8 February 2015 2.30pm, Barbican Hall
LSO Discovery Family Concert for 7- to 12-year-olds
Rachel Leach presenter

Thursday 12 February 2015 1pm, LSO St Luke’s
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
BACH arr SITKOVESTSKY Goldberg Variations for String Trio
Natalie Clein cello
Henning Kraggerud violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski viola

Friday 13 February 2015 12.30-1.15pm, LSO St Luke’s
LSO Discovery FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Sunday 15 February 2015 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
LISZT Piano Concerto No 2
MAHLER Symphony No 6
Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Alice Sara Ott piano

Thursday 19 February 2015 1pm, LSO St Luke’s
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
BACH Two-Part Inventions
KODÁLY Duo
RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello
Natalie Clein cello
Anthony Marwood violin

Thursday 19 February 2015 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
BALAKIREV Tamara
GLAZUNOV Violin Concerto
RACHMANINOV Symphony No 1
Valery Gergiev conductor
Roman Simovic violin
6pm LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists’ Recital with piano works by Rachmaninov

Thursday 26 February 2015 1pm, LSO St Luke’s
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
BACH Gamba Sonata No 1 in G major
LIGETI Sonata for Solo Cello
KURTÁG Signs, Games and Messages for solo cello
BACH Gamba Sonata No 3 in G minor
Natalie Clein cello
Mahan Esfahani harpsicord

Friday 27 February 2015 12.30-1.15pm, LSO St Luke’s
LSO Discovery FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT


Ticketing information

Secure online booking at lso.co.uk
Barbican Box office: 020 7638 8891 (Open Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 11am–8pm)
In person at the Advance Box Office in the Barbican Centre (open Mon–Sat 10am–9pm; Sun 12pm– 9pm)