- Sir Roger Norrington,
- Arabella Steinbacher,
- Fazil Say
At a time when the average concertgoer had not heard of historical performance practice yet, Sir Roger Norrington had already made a name for himself with his unconventional approaches and his love for a “pure” sound without vibrato. Although Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 5 and 6 are among the best-known works of classical music, Norrington still finds something new in them and interprets the classics in his own way.
Johannes Brahms: Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 77
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonoren-Ouverture Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 72a (1805)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 g-Moll op. 22
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its concert performances,...
Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its concert performances, the Orchestra also records film soundtracks, releases CDs on its own record label, and enhances the lives of thousands of people every year through activities for families, schools and local communities.
The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and has since been headed by many great conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2017 Vladimir Jurowski celebrates his tenth anniversary as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor. Andrés Orozco-Estrada took up the position of Principal Guest Conductor in September 2015.
The Orchestra is resident at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, where it gives around 40 concerts each season. Our year-long Belief and Beyond Belief festival in partnership with Southbank Centre continues to the end of 2017, exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century. Then, in 2018, we explore the life and music of Stravinsky in our new series Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey, charting the life and music of one of the 20th century’s most influential composers.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. Every summer, the Orchestra takes up its annual residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where it has been Resident Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. The Orchestra also tours internationally, performing to sell-out audiences worldwide. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include visits to Japan, China, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy and France.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded many blockbuster film scores, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to Lawrence of Arabia, East is East, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Thor: The Dark World. It also broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and in 2005 established its own record label. There are now over 90 releases available on CD and to download. Recent additions include Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 conducted by Kurt Masur; Dvořák’s Symphonies 6 & 7 conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Fidelio Overture conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
In summer 2012 the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and was also chosen to record all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2013 it was the winner of the RPS Music Award for Ensemble.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to inspiring the next generation, and in 2017/18 we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Education and Community department, whose work over three decades has introduced so many people of all ages to orchestral music and created opportunities for people of all backgrounds to fulfil their creative potential. Highlights include our BrightSparks schools’ concerts and FUNharmonics family concerts; the Young Composers Programme; and the Foyle Future Firsts orchestral training programme for outstanding young players. Its work at the forefront of digital engagement and social media has enabled the Orchestra to reach even more people worldwide: all its recordings are available to download from iTunes and, as well as a YouTube channel and regular podcast series, the Orchestra has a lively presence on social media.
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Sir Roger Norrington
Sir Roger Norrington came from a musical family in Oxford, England and played the violin and sang from a young age. He studied History at Westminster School and English Literature at Cambridge University, where he was a choral scholar. Several years’ wide...
Sir Roger Norrington came from a musical family in Oxford, England and played the violin and sang from a young age. He studied History at Westminster School and English Literature at Cambridge University, where he was a choral scholar. Several years’ wide experience of top class amateur music making, while working as a publisher of scholarly books, ended with a return to musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London and the start of his professional career as a singer and conductor.
During the 1980s and 1990s Norrington was much in demand as a guest conductor (as he still is today). He worked in Britain at Covent Garden and the English National Opera, with the BBC Symphony and the Philharmonia orchestras, and was Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Abroad he appears with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and in America the New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles orchestras.
Since 1998 Norrington has been the Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), and until 2006, of the Camerata Salzburg.
Since the 2011/12 season he is the Principal Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the only federal decoration of Germany, for his collaboration with the RSO Stuttgart.
Arabella Steinbacher, Violin
Arabella Steinbacher is celebrated as one of today’s leading violinists worldwide, praised as “queen of the evening” for her “brilliant playing”, “extraordinary sound” and “softly blossoming tone”, to cite from recent press reviews. Known for her...
Arabella Steinbacher is celebrated as one of today’s leading violinists worldwide, praised as “queen of the evening” for her “brilliant playing”, “extraordinary sound” and “softly blossoming tone”, to cite from recent press reviews.
Known for her extraordinary varied repertoire, shew plays in addition to all major classical and romantic violin concertos also those of Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Katchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke. Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann and Sofia Gubaidulinas Offertorium to name a few.
Arabella Steinbacher frequently plays internationally with all major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony, Orchestra National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra and performs with conductors such as the late Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Thomas Hengelbrock.
Her debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele 2013, at the “BBC-Proms” 2009 in London at Royal Albert Hall and at the New York Carnegie Hall in 2011 have been praised by international press.
Upcoming engagements include her return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Orchestre National de France and the Spanish National Orchestra. Her next tours will lead her through Germany with Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg in late 2017, through the UK with Dresden Philharmonic under Michael Sanderling and through Asia with WDR Symphony Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste in 2018.
As CARE ambassador Arabella Steinbacher continually supports people in need. In December 2011 she toured through Japan commemorating the tsunami catastrophe of the same year. The DVD “Arabella Steinbacher – Music of Hope” with her recordings of this tour was later released by the label Nightberry.
Her latest CD release is an album with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski featuring Hindemith and Britten violin concertos. Among many international and national music prizes and nominations, she was awarded the ECHO Klassik twice. Arabella Steinbacher has been recording exclusively for Pentatone Classics since 2009.
The Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under the baton of Lawrence Foster accompanied her on the 2016 release. Earlier recordings include a Mozart album with the Festival Strings Lucerne, an album with sonatas by Richard Strauss and Cesar Franck with pianist Robert Kulek and her last recording by Pentatone Classics in collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Charles Dutoit with violin concertos by Mendelssohn and
Tchaikovsky. With “Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams” (2016) Arabella Steinbacher revisits an earlier musical era, in which playing famous virtuosic pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo de Sarasate, Jules Massenet and Franz Waxman was very common.
Born into a family of musicians, Arabella Steinbacher plays the violin since the age of three and studied with Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music since the age of nine. A source of musical inspiration and guidance of hers is Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis.
Arabella Steinbacher currently plays the 1716 "Booth" Stradivari, generously loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.
Fazil Say, Piano
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts with...
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts with this artist are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. Which is exactly what the composer Aribert Reimann thought in 1986 when, during a visit to Ankara, he had the opportunity, more or less by chance, to appreciate the playing of the sixteen-year-old pianist. He immediately asked the American pianist David Levine, who was accompanying him on the trip, to come to the city’s conservatory, using the now much-quoted words: ‘You absolutely must hear him, this boy plays like a devil.’
Fazıl Say had his first piano lessons from Mithat Fenmen, who had himself studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris. Perhaps sensing just how talented his pupil was, Fenmen asked the boy to improvise every day on themes to do with his daily life before going on to complete his essential piano exercises and studies. This contact with free creative processes and forms is seen as the source of the immense improvisatory talent and the aesthetic outlook that make Fazıl Say the pianist and composer he is today. He has been commissioned to write music for, among others, the Salzburg Festival, the WDR, the Dortmund Konzerthaus and the Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festivals. His work includes compositions for solo keyboard and chamber music, as well as solo concertos and large-scale orchestral works.
From 1987 onwards, Fazıl Say fine-tuned his skills as a classical pianist with David Levine, first at the Musikhochschule Robert Schumann in Düsseldorf and later in Berlin. This formed the aesthetic basis for his Mozart and Schubert interpretations, in particular. His outstanding technique very quickly enabled him to master the so-called warhorses of the repertoire with masterful ease. It is precisely this blend of refinement (in Bach, Haydn, and Mozart) and virtuoso brilliance in the works of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven that gained him victory at the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in 1994. Since then he has played with all of the renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building up a multifaceted repertoire ranging from Bach, through the Viennese Classics (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven) and the Romantics, right up to contemporary music, including his own piano compositions.
Guest appearances have taken Fazıl Say to countless countries on all five continents; the French newspaper Le Figaro called him ‘a genius’. He also performs chamber music regularly: for many years he was part of a fantastic duo with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Other notable collaborators include Maxim Vengerov, the Borusan Quartet of Istanbul and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
From 2005 to 2010, he was artist in residence at the Dortmund Konzerthaus; during the 2010/11 season he held the same position at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Fazıl Say was also a focal point of the programme of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in the summer of 2011. There have been further residencies and Fazıl Say festivals in Paris, Tokyo, Meran, Hamburg, and Istanbul. During the 2012/13 season Fazıl Say was the artist in residence at the Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt am Main and at the Rheingau Musik Festival 2013, where he was honoured with the Rheingau Musik Preis. In April 2015 Fazıl Say gave a successful concert with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, that was followed by a tour with concerts all over Europe. In 2014 he was the artist in residence at the Bodenseefestival, where he played 14 concerts. During their 2015/2016 season the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Zürcher Kammerorchester invited him to be their artist in residence.
His recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky have been highly praised by critics and won several prizes, including three ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2014, his recording of Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 3 (with hr-Sinfonieorchester / Gianandrea Noseda) and Beethoven’s sonatas op. 111 and op. 27/2 Moonlight was released, as well as the CD ‘Say plays Say’, featuring his compositions for piano. Since 2016 Fazıl Say is an exclusive Warner Classics artist.