July 05, 2012

MUSIC: 2012-13 LA Philharmonic season

So, the subscriber brochure for ordering single tickets to concerts outside my subscription arrived, and I've placed my order. I've got tickets for a dozen concerts, and my season looks like this:

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Stucky: New work (world premiere)
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps

Dudamel, conductor; Netia Jones, video/director
Ravel: Mother Goose (complete, with video)
Knussen: Where the Wild Things Are (with video)

Robin Ticciati, conductor; Lars Vogt, piano
Liadov: The Enchanted Lake
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: Symphony #2

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Lynn Harrell, cello
Haydn: Symphony #6 ("Le matin")
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C
Albeniz/Frühbeck de Burgos: Suite Española
Ravel: Bolero

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; David Fray, piano; Gerald Finley, baritone
Salonen: Nyx (West Coast premiere)
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Lutosławski: Les espaces du sommeil
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor; Martin Grubinger, percussion
Tan Dun: Percussion Concerto (US premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor; Midori, violin
Kodály: Háry János Suite
Eötvös: Violin Concerto (world premiere)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Dudamel, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin
Wagner: Funeral Music from Götterdämmerung
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Schumann: Symphony #3 ("Rhenish")

Dudamel, conductor
Vivier: Zipangu
Debussy: La mer
Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete)

David Robertson, conductor; Orli Shaham, piano
Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Mackey: Stumble to Grace (West Coast premiere)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

(Looking at Mackey's website, it appears that his piano concerto for Shaham has been renamed since the Phil printed its schedule, and is now called Learning Curve.)

conductor as yet unannounced; Cameron Carpenter
This concert is part of the Phil's "Brooklyn Festival;" program not determined in full, but will include:
Hearne: New work (world premiere)
Copland: Organ Symphony

Dudamel, conductor
Penderecki: Ciaccona
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante, K. 297b
Mendelssohn: Symphony #5 ("Reformation")

(I think I got all those accents and diacritics right...)

I am particularly looking forward to the new pieces from Stucky and Mackey, having liked what I've heard from them at previous Philharmonic concerts; Mackey's violin concerto Beautiful Passing was a highlight of the 2010-11 season. And I am always a sucker for a new percussion concerto.

Though I'm not a fan of the Phil's increasing inclusion of operas in its season -- if I wanted to hear opera, I'd be subscribing to the LA Opera, thank you -- I adore Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and have long been curious to hear the operatic version.

Throw in a few warhorses of which I'm fond -- Firebird, Pictures, Le sacre, the Sea Interludes -- and it should be a fun year. Of course, as I always do, I'll miss some of these along the way as other stuff comes up, but these are better spaced out than my seasons often are, so there won't be any spots where I think "oh god, another concert this weekend? that's the third in a row."

3 comments:

Charleen said...

This list fills me with so much envy. I've not been surrounded by this much music since I graduated college, and I hardly appreciated it then. I really have to get to at least ONE symphony performance this year, I miss it so much.

Keith said...

Do you have a good nearby orchestra, Charleen?

Charleen said...

Luckily I do, I just haven't taken advantage of it. I got tickets to their holiday pops concert a couple years ago, through one of my friends who was subbing with them at the time. I keep meaning to go to one of their classical concerts, but never act on it.