· Sir Simon Rattle opens his third season as LSO Music Director
· LSO and Sir Simon Rattle to tour to Hong Kong, mainland China and Vietnam
The London Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Sir Simon Rattle open the 2019/20 season on 14 September 2019 with a programme continuing the exploration of British music. The evening begins with Antisphere, a world premiere of a work by Emily Howard, commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO by the Barbican. Emily Howard is a 2007 alumna of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme, whose influences range from geometry and magnetism to the human brain and neural networks.
Commenting on Antisphere Sir Simon Rattle said, “Emily Howard has a very special and specific imagination often imbued with her mathematical past and her own particular sound world with the Orchestra. There are all kinds of sounds, which you are not sure where they are coming from. It’s always great to start a new season with sounds which have never been heard before, that’s part of the curiosity that is at the heart of this Orchestra.”
The second piece in the programme features guest soloist Leila Josefowicz playing Colin Matthews’ Violin Concerto, Sir Simon Rattle commented: “A piece simply crying out to be played again and who better to play this piece than the person who gave it birth in Birmingham, Leila Josefowicz – a complete raving genius”.
The evening culminates with William Walton’s stirring Symphony No 1. “It’s one of the most thrilling works in the repertoire, of course it’s a work that the LSO absolutely own, a work that their humour and intensity and the idea that that maybe at the end of the world we will play one last piece….”
The concert is live streamed by the LSO on YouTube.
The following evening Sunday 15 September, Sir Simon conducts Messiaen’s final complete work Éclairs sur l’Au-delà… (Illuminations of the Beyond). Scored for a gigantic orchestra of over 120 musicians, it melds the composer’s fascinations with Roman Catholic theology and ornithology.
Sir Simon Rattle conducts two further concerts on 18 and 19 September featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2 with Emanuel Ax on piano paired with Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2. This introduces the programme which will be presented for nearly all the concerts on Sir Simon Rattle’s first tour with the LSO to Asia, which begins on 25 September with three concerts in Hong Kong, followed by concerts in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xi’an, Beijing and ending on 5 October with an open-air concert in Hanoi.