Britten, War Requiem, London Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 9 and Tuesday 11 October 2011, 7.30pm, Barbican, London
Sunday 23 October 2011, 3pm, Avery Fisher Hall, New York
Beethoven, Missa Solemnis, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment DEBUT
Friday 4 November 2011, 8pm, Royal Festival Hall, London
Prokofiev, Sixth Symphony; Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, BBC Philharmonic
Saturday 26 November 2011, 7.30pm, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
The Italian Conductor Gianandrea Noseda returns to the UK this Autumn to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in Britten’s War Requiem, and to make his debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in November.
The dates will be Noseda’s first engagements here since he stepped down as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. Noseda has established himself at the highest level of international conducting, earning a reputation as an exciting yet deeply serious maestro with a profound connection to the music, and an innate ability to communicate with the audience.
His career so far with the BBC Philharmonic has been one of the most successful creative partnerships in the orchestra’s history, and he now takes the title of Conductor Laureate.
In his first concert with another British orchestra since his change in role, Noseda will give two performances with the LSO of Britten’s War Requiem at The Barbican on Sunday 9 and Tuesday 11 October, after which he will perform the same work with the LSO in New York at the Avery Fisher Concert Hall.
Noseda’s performance will open the Barbican’s series of English language oratorios, and the orchestra will be joined the London Symphony Chorus and soloists soprano Sabina Cvilak, tenor Ian Bostridge and baritone Simon Keenlyside.
The following month Gianandrea makes his debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall, in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Joining forces with the orchestra will be the Philharmonia Chorus and soloists soprano Anne Ellersiek, alto Michaela Wehrum-Gandenberger, tenor Mark Adler and baritone Christian Wagner.
Gianandrea has been viewed as a radical and insightful interpreter of Beethoven since his Beethoven Symphony Cycle with the BBC Philharmonic in 2005, which thrilled audiences and critics alike. Their performance of Beethoven’s Fourth at this year’s BBC Proms Festival garnered further excellent reviews.
Later in November he will return to the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester to conduct a programme which combines the Italian and Russian, featuring Respighi’s Botticelli Triptych and Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony. Soloist Alina Ibragimova will also take the platform to play Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Gianandrea Noseda is Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino where at the end of September he presents the world premiere of Alessandro Solbiati’s new work La leggenda and will conduct yet another Beethoven Symphony cycle. In December he conducts a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, directed by Mario Martone with soloists Ricarda Merberth, Ian Storey and Franz Hawlata.
He is deeply committed to supporting Italy’s heritage, bringing long term development and vision to his work there. Under Noseda, the Teatro Regio Torino has staged successful new productions (such as Don Giovanni, Salome, The Queen of Spades, Thais, Boris Godunov, I vespri siciliani) and has made its debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris as well as undertaking a number of successful European and Asian tours.
Noseda has been an exclusive artist of Chandos Records since 2002, and as part of that relationship he has already recorded a CD of Verdi’s Choral Works with Teatro Regio resulting in four star reviews across the press; more exciting recordings are due to be announced soon. Gianandrea also conducted Opus Arte’s recent DVD of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio.
Noseda’s busy summer included a tour to Japan with the New York Metropolitan Opera, his debut with the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel and the opening of two major Italian music festivals - MiTO in Turin and Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini with the joint Teatro Regio Torino and RAI Orchestras and Mahler Symphony No. 8, to packed houses.
Next year he conducts Verdi’s Macbeth at the Met in March, and dates with the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras are all in the schedule before he returns to Milan for a new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Teatro alla Scala in June. After that he is back in London to conduct Wagner, Berg and Beethoven with the LSO. He also appears with the Israel Philharmonic, where he is Chief Guest Conductor.
“The coming season is very important for me as I start to work more in London and to develop my artistic vision at Teatro Regio Torino,” comments Gianandrea Noseda. “I am thrilled at the prospect of further exploration of both opera and symphonic repertoire with so many wonderful friends and artists. I also look forward to being able to share Italy’s extraordinary musical heritage with as wide an audience as possible through concerts, tours and recordings.”