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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RLPO announces 2017/18 season

2:27, 11th April 2017

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RLPO) 2017/18 season will include a piano focus and ‘From the New World’, a series of concerts featuring music by American composers, European composers influenced by America, or composers who emigrated there to save their personal and creative existence.

Chief conductor Vasily Petrenko will conduct the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s eleventh symphony, marking the composer’s 80th birthday, in a concert which also includes a rare performance of Scriabin’s second symphony. Petrenko will also lead the orchestra in its first performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla this millennium; symphonies by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky; and piano concertos by Grieg and Tchaikovsky (with Nobujuki Tsujii as soloist) and Brahms’ violin concerto (featuring Julian Rachlin).

Sir Bryn Terfel and Stephen Hough will be artists in residence. Sir Bryn’s ten-day residency will see him perform in Verdi’s Requiem and Falstaff, and appear alongside Ruthie Henshall in a selection of songs from the shows; for his residency, Hough will present all five Beethoven piano concertos in chronological order, perform in chamber music concert with musicians from the orchestra, give a solo piano recital, and appear in talks and discussions.

Conductor emeritus Sir Andrew Davis will present an all-American concert including Dvořák’s ninth symphony alongside music by Sousa, Ives, Weill, Gershwin and Bernstein. Other conductors appearing in the season include Andrew Manze, Nathalie Stutzmann, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Elim Chan, Christian Lindberg, and Maxime Tortelier, and guest artists will include Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili, James Ehnes, Boris Giltburg, Julian Joseph, Alexey Stadler and Zhang Zou.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir will perform in repertoire including Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Holst’s Ode to Death, and will be joined by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir for the annual ‘Spirit of Christmas’ celebration.

New music highlights include the UK premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Legacy for solo horn, harp, percussion and strings; a performance of Julian Joseph’s Symphonic Stories, with the composer appearing as piano soloist; and the premiere of Stephen Pratt’s Symphonies of Time and Tide, marking the composer’s 70th birthday.

Film screenings with live orchestra include Casablanca, Vertigo and Back to the Future, and the Classic FM series will include the 25th anniversary concert, which will launch the 2017/18 season.

The chamber music series will include performances by Red Priest, Zen Trio, the Diotima and Pavel Haas Quartets, Stile Antico, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Khatia Buniatishvili, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside, and the Close Up concerts will feature Jesűs León, Nathalie Forget, Piano Circus and Francesco Tristano.

www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on

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