Among the new music on offer are works commissioned by
Southbank Centre from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley,
Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt, and with the
Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan.
The focus on 21st-century music comes after what the center says
was the success of its "The Rest Is Noise" festival that focused
on music of the 20th century.
"Building on the huge success of 'The Rest Is Noise' festival,
when we saw more than 120,000 people engage with 20th-century
music in a new and intensive way, this year we present a season
marked by its focus on 21st-century music," Jude Kelly, the center's artistic director, said in a press release.
The new works and more conventional repertoire will be heard on
the programs of the four resident ensembles, the London
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London
Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and
Among visiting ensembles, Daniel Barenboim will conduct two
concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin in performances of
Beethoven, Strauss, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, together with
Barenboim's solo performance in a cycle of Schubert's Piano
Sonatas over four concerts as part of The Barenboim Project.
Also appearing will be Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar
Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and Simon Rattle and the
Berliner Philharmoniker returning to Southbank Centre for The
London Residency 2015 in partnership with the Barbican Centre,
performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2 alongside German avant garde
composer Helmut Lachenmann's Tableau.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present
works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Rachmaninov,
Shostakovich and Nico Muhly. Richard Tognetti with the
Australian Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Haydn, Mozart
and Jonny Greenwood.
(Writing by Michael Roddy; editing
by Sonya Hepinstall)
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