February 04, 2007

MUSIC: LA Philharmonic 2007-08 season

Season renewal packets came in the mail this week. Among the highlights of the new season:
  • A 2-week Sibelius mini-festival, with all seven symphonies, some tone poems, and some songs sung by Ben Heppner
  • A three-program series called "Concrete Frequency," featuring music about or inspired by cities
  • New music from Saariaho (the L.A. premiere of La Passion de Simone, which was to have premiered here last month, but was postponed due to Dawn Upshaw's illness), Knussen (world premiere of his Cello Concerto), and Salonen (West Coast premiere of his Piano Concerto, which just had its world premiere in New York)
  • Oh boy, oh boy -- Britten's War Requiem!

And I don't even have to do too much exchanging to get a series I like this year. Once the season tickets arrive and the exchanges are done, these are the concerts I can look forward to:

  • Debussy: Suite from Le martyre de Saint Sebastien; Saariaho: La Passion de Simone (Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)
  • Sibelius: Symphonies #1 & #3, Pohjola's Daughter (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)
  • Barber: Essay #1; Brahms: Double Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony #9 ("From the New World") (Martin Chalifour, violin; Peter Stumpf, cello; Joana Carneiro, conductor)
  • Britten: War Requiem (Los Angeles Master Chorale; Los Angeles Children's Chorus; soloists TBA; Lorin Maazel, conductor)
  • Salonen: Insomnia; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #1; Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Simon Trpceski, piano; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor)
  • Janacek: Capriccio; Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques; Beethoven: Symphony #3 ("Eroica") (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor)
  • Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements; Knussen: Cello Concerto; Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (Anssi Karttunen, cello; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)
  • Debussy (arr. Matthews): Selected Preludes; Stravinsky (arr. Stucky): Les Noces; Salonen: Piano Concerto (Yefim Bronfman, piano; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

A nice mix of new music, warhorses, and composers I don't know enough about.

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