London Philharmonic Orchestra 2021/22 Concert Season
September 2021 - May 2022 at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall
It gives us enormous pleasure to present our 2021/22 London season, as we finally welcome audiences back to our Southbank Centre home for a full season of live concerts.
Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis conduct their first concerts as Principal Conductor and Principal Guest Conductor. Gardner opens the season with Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage, and also conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Canellakis conducts Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, and music by Scriabin, John Adams, Beethoven and Gershwin.
We celebrate new music this season with premieres including a Cello Concerto by Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean, the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, and Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. We also present Composer Focuses on Lili Boulanger and Oliver Knussen, and the launch of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Vaughan Williams.
Vladimir Jurowski returns in his new role of Conductor Emeritus with programmes of Rachmaninoff, Bruckner, Shostakovich and Enescu, and our lineup of guest conductors includes Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, Klaus Mäkelä and Tan Dun. Soloists include Renée Fleming, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough, Mitsuko Uchida, Roderick Williams and Colin Currie. We welcome Julia Fischer this season for five concerts as Artist-in-Residence, performing all five of Mozart’s violin concertos, Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Vladimir Jurowski, and directing a chamber concert alongside LPO Principal players.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and for all of our future events, we will ensure that we have appropriate safety measures in place in accordance with government guidelines at the time.
25 Sep 2021 | The Midsummer Marriage
Edward Gardner makes his debut as the LPO’s Principal Conductor with a landmark concert performance of Michael Tippett’s dazzling opera The Midsummer Marriage.
The blazing sunlight of Haydn’s 90th Symphony is followed by Bartók’s dark psychological thriller Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Edward Gardner. Two very different musical visions in one unforgettable evening.
A programme of mystery, adventure and romance. Edward Gardner conducts warm-hearted miniatures by Grieg, before Sibelius’s invigorating Second Symphony, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Jan Lisiecki.
Klaus Mäkelä makes his long-awaited London debut to conduct an early Messiaen masterpiece, Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, with Truls Mørk, and Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and La mer.
Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis conducts Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, alongside the 80s rhythms of John Adams’s The Chairman Dances, and the Jazz-Age melodies of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with Inon Barnatan.
In his first concert as Conductor Emeritus, Vladimir Jurowski conducts Shostakovich’s searing First Violin Concerto, featuring Leonidas Kavakos, before Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, and a haunting nocturne by Brett Dean.
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony closes this evening’s concert, following Shostakovich’s punchy Second Violin Concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff, and a hauntingly beautiful piece by Victoria Borisova-Ollas, conducted by Karina Canellakis.
Karina Canellakis conducts music from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, before Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Cédric Tiberghien, Lili Boulanger’s D’un soir triste, and Scriabin’s Fourth Symphony.
2 Feb 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Mozart: Straight out of Salzburg
The first of three concerts celebrating Mozart’s teenage masterpieces with Julia Fischer. She plays his Third and Fourth Violin Concertos between two works by Richard Strauss, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.
A tale of wonder, truth and gentle but irresistible transformation. Tan Dun himself conducts the UK premiere of this masterpiece in which legends of Buddhism meet the tradition of Bach’s great choral Passions.
Klaus Mäkelä conducts Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony - its vast, storm-swept vistas, endless melodies and blissful love-song of a slow movement, alongside Prokofiev’s blend of heartfelt melody in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Daniel Lozakovich.
9 Mar 2022 | Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich
Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich’s rarely heard masterpiece of a cello concerto, written at the height of the Cold War, alongside works by Judith Weir, Daniel Kidane and Bartók, conducted by Edward Gardner.
Bryn Terfel brings a lifetime of incomparable communicative power to Brahms’s magnificent late songs, alongside Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande and Mendelssohn’s ethereal overture, conducted by Edward Gardner.
Under Conductor Emeritus Vladimir Jurowski, the inimitable Mitsuko Uchida performs Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto alongside performances by the LPO of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony and the UK premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s Marche fatale.
‘America's reigning diva’ and one of the greatest sopranos of our time, Renée Fleming performs operatic highlights, including Verdi’s Willow Song and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, conducted by Enrique Mazzola.
Edward Gardner conducts some of the greatest works to come out of Britain at war: Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony and Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem. The programme also includes the UK premiere of LPO Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt.
Edward Gardner is joined by two outstanding British stars to celebrate the memory of Oliver Knussen: horn player Ben Goldscheider and soprano Sophie Bevan. Alongside a review of the late composer’s works features two suites, from Britten’s The Prince of the Pagodas and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.