London Symphony Orchestra

Barbican and LSO St Luke’s concerts January – July 2022

· Sir Simon Rattle conducts Haydn’s The Creation

· Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Michael Tilson Thomas return

· Sir Antonio Pappano conducts two all Italian concert programmes

· Guest conductors – Barbara Hannigan, Nathalie Stutzmann, Xian Zhang, Dima Slobodeniouk, Marta Gardolińska, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and André J. Thomas

· LSO soloists – Gareth Davies (flute), Peter Moore (trombone)

· New works – six premieres

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra introduces the 2022 Season Spring and Summer LSO Barbican concerts,

“The Interruption caused by Covid-19 has given an opportunity to reset the dial on our programming and look at a range of works that otherwise might have been overlooked. We have works by composers with whom we have developed a special relationship either through our own composers’ schemes or through international connections. We have also have works that came to light during the pandemic that we want to share more broadly such as George Walker’s Lilacs, Hannah Kendall’s Spark Catchers, and works by female composer’s Lili Boulanger’s D’un Matin de Printemps and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium.

Barbara Hannigan deepens her relationship with the LSO conducting and singing for three concerts in the spring.There is a Paris-American line to her first programme. It is all music written for the stage. Dance rhythms and theatrical elements (including burlesque, can-can, waltz, polka, tango-habanera) flow through the programme, from Copland’s first American orchestral commission in 1925, to vibrant selections from La Gaité Parisienne (Offenbach, orch Rosenthal) and ending the evening with two Kurt Weill songs, in new arrangements tailor-made for Barbara by Tony-Award winning composer Bill Elliot. She then explores Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. 2022 sees the return of conductors Nathalie Stutzmann, Xian Zhang, Dima Slobodeniouk, Marta Gardolińska, and André J. Thomas for another Gospel inspired concert in the summer.

Wewelcome back to the Barbican Gianandrea Noseda, François- Xavier Roth, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Sir Antonio Pappano.

We are particularly pleased to be premiering a number of important new works including Unsuk Chin’s Second Violin Concerto, which Sir Simon Rattle will conduct, with Leonidas Kavakos as guest soloist. New works later in the season are Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Helen Grime’s new Trumpet Concerto for Håkan Hardenberger, Joel Järventausta’s Sunfall, George Stevenson’s Vanishing City, and Sir Simon Rattle returns to Julian Anderson’s new choral work Exiles in January to conduct the full Suite. It feels joyous to be able to plan so far ahead with a greater degree of certainty than we have had for some time.”

To celebrate 40 years since the LSO opened the Barbican Centre on 3 March 1982 Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO and LSC for Haydn’s The Creation on 3 March 2022 with guest soloists Lucy Crowe (soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor) and Roderick Williams (baritone). Sir Simon conducts a further six concerts at the Barbican with programmes revisiting some pieces that were postponed last Season. This includes Rott’s the 3rd Movement from Symphony in E, Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, Sibelius Symphony No 7, Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Little Threepenny Music, and Death in the Forest, Ligeti’s Atmosphères, Brahms Symphony No 2, and the Prelude to Wager’s Lohengrin. His penultimate Barbican concert in the Season in June features Haydn Symphony No 86 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 18 with Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, and An American in Paris and the London premiere of John Adams I Still Dance after the interval.

Sir Antonio Pappano makes his first appearance with the LSO since the announcement of his role as Chief Conductor Designate from summer 2023, conducting two concerts dedicated to his Italian roots with programmes including works by Gabrieli, Vivaldi, Puccini, de Sabata, and Respighi concluding with Dallapiccola’s opera Il Prigioniero with the London Symphony Chorus.

LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda continues his celebration of Russian music conducting the final two Shostakovich Symphonies No 14, and 15 in evenings coupled with Beethoven Symphony 7 Op 92 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5. In April his joined by guest soloist Janine Jansen for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, in a concert that includes the premiere of George Stevenson’s Vanishing City and Prokofiev’s Symphony No 5.

Guest violinist Alina Ibragimova joins conductor Nathalie Stutzmann for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 5 in January. Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 complete the programme. Xian Zhang conducts the LSO for the first time in ten years in a varied programme including the first LSO performance of Dani Howard’s Trombone Concerto composed for LSO Principal Trombone Peter Moore and a work by Qijang Chen – L’Eloignement, receiving its UK premiere. A second LSO Member making a guest soloist appearance is LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies for Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto in May in a concert conducted by Marta Gardolińska.

As the subject of the second Artist Portrait this Season Trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger performs for the world premiere of Helen Grime’s Trumpet Concerto in the LSO Futures concert with François-Xavier Roth conducting. This evening also features the UK premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto composed for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the world premiere of Joel Järventausta’s Sunfall. In June Hardenberger returns to play another piece composed for him, Betsy JolasHistoires Vraies Suite Concertante for Trumpet Piano and Orchestra.

LSO St Luke’s hosts BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime and Drivetime Concerts focussing on Rachmaninoff and the music of his contemporaries in the New Year, with Saint-Saëns for a series of four concerts in March, whilst in May the concerts spotlight solo artists, oboist François Leleux, and flautist Emily Benyon.

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