London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra © Ranald MackechnieOn Tour 01.03.18-04.03.18

  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner,
  • Maria João Pires

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The London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner conclude their Mendelssohn cycle during the 2016/17 season and devote themselves to the works of Schumann from the 2017/18 season. Pianist Maria João Pires, who enjoys a long-standing relationship with the LSO, accompanies the orchestra on this tour.

Programme

Programme 1

Robert Schumann: Introduktion und Allegro Appassionato G-Dur op. 92
Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d´été op. 7 (Sommernächte) - 6 Lieder für Singstimme und Orchester
Robert Schumann: Konzertstück op. 134 - Introduction und Allegro für Klavier und Orchester
Interval
Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 1 B-Dur op. 38 (Frühlingssymphonie)

Programme 2

Robert Schumann: Ouvertüre zu ''Genoveva'' (Oper in 4 Akten) op. 81
Robert Schumann: Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 54
Interval
Adolphe Adam: Auszüge aus dem Ballett „Giselle“
Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 4 d-Moll op. 120

Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100...

The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100 years. Established in 1904 by a number of London’s finest musicians, the LSO is a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership. By taking full control of their activities, the founding Members were able to set an agenda that pushed music-making to the fore. The Orchestra is still owned by its Members and has a signature sound emanating from the combined zeal and virtuosity of these 90 brilliant musicians who come from around the world. Music-making remains firmly at the centre of the Orchestra’s activities, and this approach is embraced by a dedicated and enthusiastic administration.

 

The LSO has been the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London since the Centre opened in 1982. It gives 70 symphonic concerts there every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide on tour. The LSO also programmes 24 concerts at LSO St Luke’s and 950 workshops and 147 concerts through its community and education programme, LSO Discovery, each year. It is a champion of new music and regularly commissions some of the foremost British composers to write significant new works for full orchestra and mixed-ability ensembles.

 

The LSO has developed a close family of artists who continually demonstrate their commitment to this Orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. We also enjoy long-standing relationships with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists who relish the boundless professional ambitions that the LSO offers. Conducting the Orchestra has been likened to driving a high-performance sports car that can, in Sir Simon Rattle’s words, ‘turn on the head of a pin’. It is a responsive and intelligent Orchestra, with an attitude of total commitment in all that it does. This is guided by a desire to always be the best it can possibly be and to give the highest quality performances no matter what the performance setting. Many LSO Members enjoy flourishing solo and chamber music careers and teach at conservatoires in London and abroad, sharing their extensive knowledge with the musicians of the future. These musical experiences are always brought back into the Orchestra itself, where they inspire and influence the players towards even higher standards of performance.

 

Many millions have enjoyed the LSO through its reputation as a leading orchestra for film, having performed on (and been specifically chosen for) hundreds of classic scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. LSO Discovery brings the work of the LSO with all parts of society, and every year the Orchestra gives a free outdoor concert in London’s Trafalgar Square. Combined, these activities reflect the LSO’s co-operative spirit and its ongoing commitment to making music as accessible as possible to the greatest number of people.

 

LSO Discovery was founded in 1990 and remains a pioneering programme for music education in the UK. Since 2003 this has been based at LSO St Luke’s, following extensive restoration to the once abandoned church, which now acts as a home to a wide range of education and outreach projects, and as a venue for concerts designed for the local community, encouraging many to take their first steps towards enjoying classical music. And because much of LSO Discovery’s work is captured and disseminated digitally, enthusiasts, pupils and teachers from around the world can benefit from these activities in spite of their physical location. Committed to nurturing the next generation of musical talent, LSO Discovery also provides extensive support and training for emerging young instrumentalists, composers and conductors.

 

The LSO is an entrepreneurial and successful creative enterprise with a history of innovation that helps to keep it relevant and contemporary. With the formation of its own recording label LSO Live in 1999, the Orchestra brought about a revolution in how live orchestral music was recorded. The label strives to embrace new digital technologies, having successfully made pioneering moves into digital film, Blu-Ray Audio, downloads and streaming. It continues to innovate with platforms such as LSO Play, a web-based video player that allows people to observe the Orchestra from many different angles and experience every gesture and emotion on the musicians’ faces. The LSO’s entrepreneurial spirit is what makes it a highly successful creative enterprise and an important cultural part of the United Kingdom’s commercial community, self-generating 75% of its own income.

 

The LSO is determined to ensure the future of great music in London and throughout the world, and is part of a cultural hub in the City of London alongside the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London and the Guildhall School. Its Barbican Residency is funded by The Corporation of London and the LSO is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England. It also enjoys major artistic residencies throughout the world – in New York, Paris and Tokyo – plus growing relationships elsewhere in Asia, principally China and India, where its expertise in education work is key. The Orchestra relies on all of these strategic partnerships at home and abroad, plus its generous funders, to enable it to continue delivering a dynamic range of work.

 

SEASON 2017/2018

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Conductor

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is revered as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic musicians, constantly in the vanguard of enlightened interpretation, who stands as a leader in today’s musical life. His work with the Monteverdi Choir (MVC), English Baroque...

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is revered as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic musicians, constantly in the vanguard of enlightened interpretation, who stands as a leader in today’s musical life. His work with the Monteverdi Choir (MVC), English Baroque Soloists (EBS) and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), of which he is founder and Artistic Director, has marked him out as a key figure in the early music revival and a pioneer of historically informed performances. As a regular guest of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gardiner conducts repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century. He was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize in January 2016.


 

The extent of Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated in the extensive catalogue awardwinning recordings on major labels (including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips and Erato); in addition to works by Renaissance and Baroque composers, his discography includes Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Elgar and Kurt Weill, recorded with his own ensembles and with leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic. In 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a special 30-CD collection to celebrate Gardiner's 70th birthday.

 

Since 2005 his recordings have appeared on the Monteverdi ensembles’ independent label, Soli Deo Gloria (SDG), established to release the series of live recordings made during Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, for which he received Gramophone’s 2011 Special Achievement Award and a Diapason d’or de l’année 2012. SDG’s catalogue has expanded to include recordings of other Bach masterpieces, a Brahms symphony cycle, and a cappella recordings with the Monteverdi Choir. With the ORR, Gardiner has released recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 2 & 7 (2012) and Missa Solemnis (2013), live from their sell-out tour of Europe and the USA. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has received more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist. His many accolades for his recordings include two GRAMMY Awards.

 

Gardiner has conducted opera productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH), at the Vienna State Opera and at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. From 1983 to 1988 he was artistic director of Opéra de Lyon, where he founded its new orchestra. Following the success in 2008 of Verdi Simon Boccanegra at ROH, he returned there to conduct Verdi Rigoletto in 2012, and Mozart Le nozze di Figaro in 2013, celebrating 40 years since his debut in 1973. In autumn 2015, he returned to ROH to conduct Gluck Orphée et Eurydice, with the MVC and EBS, co-directed by Hofesh Schechter and John Fulljames.

 

Gardiner has a close relationship with the LSO, with whom he concludes in 2016/17 his Mendelssohn cycle of the complete symphonies and smaller works, recorded for LSO Live, performances of "pace, clarity and flaming-eyed conviction" (Financial Times). Other guest conducting highlights this season include returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He returned in 2016 to the Berliner Philharmoniker for Stravinsky Oedipus Rex.

 

2016 marked Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s 65th performance at the BBC Proms, of Berlioz Roméo et Juliette with the ORR, subsequently performing the same work at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte Saint-André. The 2016 Edinburgh International Festival included two concerts with the MVC, Schumann Manfred with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Bach St Matthew Passion with the EBS, sung from memory and part of a year-long European tour of the work. In 2017, Gardiner, the EBS and MVC undertake a year’s celebration of Monteverdi, performing his three surviving operas around the world.

 

An authority on the music of J.S. Bach, Gardiner’s book, Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, was published in October 2013 by Allen Lane, leading to the Prix des Muses award (Singer-Polignac). In 2014 Gardiner became the first ever President of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig. He became the inaugural Christoph Wolff Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 2014/15.

 

Among numerous awards in recognition of his work, Sir John Eliot Gardiner holds honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory of Music and from the universities of Lyon, of Cremona and of St Andrews; he is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London, of the British Academy and of King’s College, Cambridge, where he himself studied and from where he received an Honorary Doctorate. In 2008 he received the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. Gardiner was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2011 and was given the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005. In the UK, he was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1990 and awarded a knighthood for his services to music in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

 

SAISON 2016/2017

Soloist

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Maria João Pires, Piano

Born on 23 July 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel.     In...

Born on 23 July 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel.

 


 

In addition to her concerts, she has made recordings for Erato for fifteen years and Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years.

 

Since the 1970s, she has devoted herself to reflecting on the influence of art on life, community and education, trying to discover new ways of establishing this way of thinking in society. She has searched for new ways which, respecting the development of individuals and of cultures, encourage the sharing of ideas. In 1999, she created the Centre for the Study of the Arts of Belgais in Portugal. She broadened the reach of this philosophy to Salamanca and Bahia in Brazil.

 

In 2012, in Belgium, she initiated two complementary projects; the Equinox project which creates and develops choirs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the 'Partitura Project', the aim of which is to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness.

 

SEASON 2016/2017

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