‘When the opening phrase [of Oedipus Rex] made its final return attended by wind, brass and an explosion on the drums, the earth shook as it should, before the massive sound
LSO On Tour
died’ The Independent (Gergiev & LSO, 13 May 2007)
The Orchestra’s tour schedule last month was as busy as ever. After performing at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Wiesbaden with Valery Gergiev, they headed to La Scala, Milan, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin with Myung-Whun Chung to perform Weber, Brahms, Bruckner, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K488 with Piotr Anderszewski. After flying back to London for concert at the Barbican, they then travelled to Portugal and Spain for six concerts with Daniel Harding. This month includes two concerts in Russia with Gergiev and Repin.
The Choir wins BAFTA Award LSO St Luke’s Community and Youth choirs’ conductor Gareth Malone’s BBC 2 programme The Choir has been awarded a BAFTA for best feature. The Choir was up against tough competition from The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den and The F Word at the ceremony at the London Palladium on Sunday 20 May. You may have noticed Gareth in action earlier this evening, when he conducted the LSO St Luke’s Community Choir in the free pre-concert performance in the Barbican Foyer.
Daniel Harding: the podcast As Daniel Harding comes to the end of his first series of concerts as LSO Principal Guest Conductor, Tommy Pearson talks to him about how he got started, the importance of his mentors Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, how Mahler is central to his repertoire, working with the LSO, and how he’s always happy when Manchester United is winning. Visit lso.co.uk/conductors to download the interview to your computer or iPod.
Download it LSO concert programmes are now available to download from five days before each concert. Simply go to lso.co.uk, click the relevant date on the concert calendar, then click Read More.
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