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NOISES Landmark classics inspired by the British Isles 1689 – 2019
Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor VLADIMIR JUROWSKI Principal Guest Conductor ANDRÉS OROZCO-ESTRADA Leader PIETER SCHOEMAN supported by Neil Westreich Patron HRH THE DUKE OF KENT KG Chief Executive and Artistic Director TIMOTHY WALKER AM
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Saturday 27 April 2019 | 7.30pm
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83* (50’) Interval (20’) R Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Op. 28 (16’) Elgar Falstaff: Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68 (35’)
Vladimir Jurowski conductor Yefim Bronfman piano *Please note a change of concerto from previously advertised.
Free pre-concert event performance: LPO Junior Artists 6.00–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall This year’s LPO Junior Artists – members of our annual scheme for high-level teenage instrumentalists from under-represented backgrounds – perform British music alongside LPO members and Junior Artist alumni. Join us to celebrate the diversity and talent of the future generation of orchestral musicians.
The timings shown are not precise and are given only as a guide. CONCERT PRESENTED BY THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
NOISES Contents 2 Welcome Orchestra news 3 On stage tonight 4 About the Orchestra 5 Leader: Pieter Schoeman 6 Isle of Noises 8 Vladimir Jurowski 9 Yefim Bronfman 10 Programme notes 11 Next concert 12 Recommended recordings 14 Laurie Lovelle Brahms on the LPO Label 15 LPO 2019/20 season: Now on sale 16 LPO Player Appeal 2018/19 17 Sound Futures donors 18 Supporters 20 LPO administration
LPO 2019/20 season
Welcome to Southbank Centre
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Out now The Spring 2019 edition of Tune In, our free LPO magazine. Copies are available at the Welcome Desk in the Royal Festival Hall foyer, or phone the LPO office on 020 7840 4200 to receive one in the post. Also available digitally: issuu.com/londonphilharmonic
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New LPO Residency at Saffron Hall In September 2019 the London Philharmonic Orchestra takes up a brand-new residency at Saffron Hall in Essex. As well as providing top-quality symphonic music to concertgoers in the region, the Orchestra will be heavily involved in Saffron Hall’s groundbreaking education programme. The Orchestra will give four performances each year at Saffron Hall, including a FUNharmonics family concert. In the first season we will involve Saffron Walden County High School students in our LPO Soundworks project – a creative platform for teenage musicians to collaborate with young people from other artforms. LPO musicians will give masterclasses to students at the County High School and coach young people at the Saffron Centre for Young Musicians. The LPO will also work and perform with local community music groups. saffronhall.com
LPO Junior Artists – applications now open for 2019/20 LPO Junior Artists is a free orchestral experience programme for talented young musicians from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in professional UK orchestras. The programme offers support, advice and professional insight to exceptional players of orchestral instruments, aged 15–19, and at a minimum Grade 8 playing standard. You become part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra family for a year, getting to know our musicians, staff and artists. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 May 2019: visit lpo.org.uk/juniorartists to find out more.
On stage tonight
First Violins Pieter Schoeman* Leader Chair supported by Neil Westreich
Vesselin Gellev Sub-Leader Martin Hรถhmann Lasma Taimina Robert Pool Thomas Eisner Yang Zhang Chair supported by Eric Tomsett
Catherine Craig Evin Blomberg Eleanor Bartlett Nilufar Alimaksumova Essi Kiiski Katalin Varnagy Chair supported by Sonja Drexler
Morane Cohen-Lamberger Kana Kawashima Miranda Allen Second Violins Tania Mazzetti Principal Chair supported by Countess Dominique Loredan
Helena Buckie Sarah Thornett Joseph Maher Georgina Leo Marie-Anne Mairesse Fiona Higham Chair supported by David & Yi Buckley
Ashley Stevens Kate Cole Kate Birchall Sioni Williams Robin Wilson Sheila Law Alison Strange Nancy Elan Nynke Hijlkema
Violas David Quiggle Principal Richard Waters Co-Principal Ting-Ru Lai Katharine Leek Susanne Martens Chair supported by Gill & Garf Collins
Flutes Sue Thomas* Principal Chair supported by Victoria Robey OBE
Hannah Grayson Stewart McIlwham* Ian Mullin
Stanislav Popov Martin Wray Isabel Pereira Luca Casciato Charles Cross Julia Kornig Jill Valentine
Piccolo Stewart McIlwham* Principal
Cellos Kristina Blaumane Principal
James Hulme Sue Bรถhling*
Chair supported by Bianca & Stuart Roden
Pei-Jee Ng Co-Principal Francis Bucknall David Lale Laura Donoghue Elisabeth Wiklander Tom Roff Helen Rathbone George Hoult Sibylle Hentschel Sue Sutherley Susanna Riddell Double Basses Kevin Rundell* Principal Sebastian Pennar Co-Principal Hugh Kluger George Peniston Tom Walley Laurence Lovelle Lowri Morgan Emre Erลahin
Trumpets Paul Beniston* Principal Philip Cobb Guest Principal Anne McAneney* Chair supported by Geoff & Meg Mann
Trombones Mark Templeton* Principal Chair supported by William & Alex de Winton
Oboes Ian Hardwick* Principal Alice Munday
Bass Trombone Lyndon Meredith Principal
Chair supported by Friends of the Orchestra
Tuba Lee Tsarmaklis* Principal
Chair supported by Dr Barry Grimaldi
Clarinets James Burke Guest Principal Thomas Watmough
Percussion Andrew Barclay* Principal Chair supported by Andrew Davenport
Chair supported by Roger Greenwood
Henry Baldwin Co-Principal Keith Millar Jeremy Cornes
Paul Richards* Emma Burgess Bassoons Jonathan Davies Principal Gareth Newman Simon Estell* Emma Harding Horns David Pyatt* Principal Chair supported by Sir Simon Robey
John Ryan* Principal
Timpani Simon Carrington* Principal
Harps Rachel Masters Principal Lucy Haslar Assistant Conductor Oliver Zeffman Surtitles Damien Kennedy
Chair supported by Laurence Watt
Martin Hobbs Mark Vines Co-Principal Gareth Mollison
* Holds a professorial appointment in London
The London Philharmonic Orchestra also acknowledges the following chair supporters whose players are not present at this concert: The Candide Trust | Caroline, Jamie & Zander Sharp
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The London Philharmonic’s closing concert took excellence and courageous programme planning to levels of expectation and emotional intensity more than once defying belief. Here was an orchestra in terrific form, rising to every challenge. Classicalsource.com (LPO at Royal Festival Hall, 2 May 2018: Panufnik, Penderecki & Prokofiev)
One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with its reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its performances in the concert hall, the Orchestra also records film and video game soundtracks, has its own record label, and reaches thousands of people every year through activities for families, schools and local communities. The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932. It has since been headed by many of the world’s greatest conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. Vladimir Jurowski is the Orchestra’s current Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, and in 2017 we celebrated the tenth anniversary of this extraordinary partnership. Andrés Orozco-Estrada took up the position of Principal Guest Conductor in 2015. The Orchestra is resident at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, where it gives around 40 concerts each season. Throughout 2018 our series
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Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey charted the life and music of one of the 20th century’s most influential composers, and in 2019 we celebrate the music of Britain in our festival Isle of Noises, exploring a range of British and British-inspired music from Purcell to the present day. Outside London, the Orchestra has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. Each summer the Orchestra takes up its annual residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the Sussex countryside, where it has been Resident Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. The Orchestra also tours internationally, performing to sell-out audiences worldwide. In 1956 it became the first British orchestra to appear in Soviet Russia and in 1973 made the first ever visit to China by a Western orchestra. Touring remains a large part of the Orchestra’s life: highlights of the 2018/19 season include a major tour of Asia including South Korea, Taiwan and China, as well as performances in Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and the USA.
Pieter Schoeman leader
In summer 2012 the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and was also chosen to record all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2013 it was the winner of the RPS Music Award for Ensemble. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians. In 2017/18 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our Education and Community department, whose work over three decades has introduced so many people of all ages to orchestral music and created opportunities for people of all backgrounds to fulfil their creative potential. Highlights include the BrightSparks schools’ concerts and FUNharmonics family concerts; the LPO Young Composers programme; the Foyle Future Firsts orchestral training programme; and the LPO Junior Artists scheme for talented young musicians from communities and backgrounds currently underrepresented in professional UK orchestras. The Orchestra’s work at the forefront of digital engagement and social media has enabled it to reach even more people worldwide: as well as a YouTube channel and regular podcast series, the Orchestra has a lively presence on social media. lpo.org.uk facebook.com/londonphilharmonicorchestra twitter.com/LPOrchestra youtube.com/londonphilharmonicorchestra instagram.com/londonphilharmonicorchestra
Pieter Schoeman was appointed Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, having previously been Co-Leader since 2002. © Benjamin Ealovega
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded the soundtracks to numerous blockbuster films, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to Lawrence of Arabia, East is East, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Thor: The Dark World. It also broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and in 2005 established its own record label. There are now over 100 releases available on CD and to download. Recent additions include Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 under the late Kurt Masur, and a film music disc under Dirk Brossé.
Born in South Africa, Pieter made his solo debut aged 10 with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Five years later he won the World Youth Concerto Competition in Michigan. Aged 17, he moved to the US to further his studies in Los Angeles and Dallas. In 1991 his talent was spotted by Pinchas Zukerman who, after several consultations, recommended that he move to New York to study with Sylvia Rosenberg. Pieter has performed worldwide as a soloist and recitalist in such famous halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall, Capella Hall in St Petersburg, Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. As a chamber musician he regularly appears at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall. At the invitation of Yannick Nézet-Séguin he has been part of the ‘Yannick and Friends’ chamber group, performing at festivals in Dortmund and Rheingau. Pieter has performed several times as a soloist with the LPO, and his live recording of Britten’s Double Concerto with Alexander Zemtsov was released on the Orchestra’s own label to great critical acclaim. He has also recorded numerous violin solos for film and television, and led the LPO in its soundtrack recordings for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In 1995 Pieter became Co-Leader of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Since then he has appeared frequently as Guest Leader with the Barcelona, Bordeaux, Lyon, Baltimore and BBC symphony orchestras, and the Rotterdam and BBC Philharmonic orchestras. In April 2016 he was Guest Leader with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for Kurt Masur’s memorial concert. He is a Professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Pieter’s chair in the London Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by Neil Westreich.
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NOISES 2 UA R E RY– B M DE C E
dward Elgar never felt entirely comfortable at the top. As a new member of a London club, some time in the reign of Edward VII, a fellow composer – Sir Alexander Mackenzie, the well-connected head of the Royal College of Music – saw him dithering over the cheeseboard. ‘Why don’t you try the Port Salut?’ Mackenzie suggested, before lowering his voice to whisper, sarcastically ‘Salut d’Amour’. Elgar might have been knighted; he might have been acclaimed by Richard Strauss as Britain’s pre-eminent modern composer. But his clubbable, expensively-educated British colleagues quietly noticed his awkwardness and his Worcestershire vowels. As to the fact that he’d written bestselling salon favourites like Salut d’Amour; well, they were too polite to suggest that it was just a little bit – you know – common. But once in a while, they’d give him a quick kick in the shins – just to remind him. Elgar was a Roman Catholic – a faith that a mere 30 years before his birth had been denied full civil rights in the UK – and the more you dig into Elgar’s ‘Britishness’, the more complicated it gets. His music never quotes an English folk song even once; its roots are deep in the language of Brahms and Wagner. When Danny Boyle began the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony with ‘Nimrod’ from the Enigma Variations (performed by the LPO on 9 November 2019), it was supposed to evoke a traditional, rural England. In fact, ‘Nimrod’ is a musical portrait of Elgar’s great friend August Jaeger – a German immigrant. The composer meant it to evoke not green and pleasant fields, but a slow movement by Beethoven. For the ultimate statement of musical Britishness, it’s got surprisingly international roots. Our 2019 Isle of Noises festival takes that paradox and revels in it. This is a celebration of British music that understands that even the most familiar masterpieces
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For nine decades the London Philharmonic Orchestra has been at the heart of music-making in London, in the British Isles and in Europe – and we know that there’s never been any one thing called ‘British music’. Throughout 2019 we’ll be celebrating over three centuries of music in these islands: Richard Bratby introduces our festival.
have a fascinatingly diverse heritage. Gustav Holst came from an immigrant family, and The Planets (23 October) is a journey towards blissful dissolution (nibbāna, if you like) that takes its philosophical basis from his lifelong fascination with Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. Benjamin Britten might seem like the ultimate Establishment figure, and yes, he used to take tea at Sandringham with the Queen Mother. But the fact that a gay composer (and a conscientious objector into the bargain) could become such a national institution in his own lifetime gives pause for thought. His Violin Concerto (27 September) was written in the USA and draws on Britten’s interest in the Second Viennese School. It’s a story that you encounter again and again throughout British music. The best pieces are the unexpected and obstinate ones, the hybrids that push insolently up through the cracks. When Ralph Vaughan Williams composed his ballet Job (7 December), he called it a ‘Masque’, invoking the era of Purcell and Lawes because he didn’t like the idea of polite audiences commenting ‘oh, did you see God at the ballet?’ In the event, audiences expecting something soothing from the composer of The Lark Ascending saw a green, semi-naked Satan dancing to music of angular strangeness. The agnostic Vaughan Williams came from an oldestablished family
of liberal thinkers (he was related to Charles Darwin): he took his cues from William Blake. Meanwhile, up north: ‘You’ll never hear the thing again, my boy, why not throw in a couple of brass bands?’ said the conductor Thomas Beecham to the 29-yearold William Walton, as he began work on a choral commission for the 1931 Leeds Festival. Walton did just that, and the result – Belshazzar’s Feast (9 November) – is still a shocker: jazzy, raucous, shamelessly pagan. Walton’s chrome-plated self-assurance always played well in America. His Violin Concerto of 1939 (9 October) was written for the great American-Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz, and it has the streamlined, art-deco elegance of some great transatlantic liner. Not that British music needed to cross the Atlantic to hit the big time. The LPO’s evening of classic British film music (1 November) explores the curious fact that the most British love story of all time, Brief Encounter, uses music by Rachmaninoff – and that when another film, Dangerous Moonlight, tried to achieve the same effect, Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto proved almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Throughout the Edwardian era Edward Elgar worked on a colossal trilogy of New Testament oratorios, each of them conceived as an emotional drama closer in spirit to Wagner or Verdi than Mendelssohn or Parry. He was deeply invested in the story, consulting Jewish liturgical experts about the sound of the shofar in The Apostles (26 October). (He later incorporated this ancient instrument into the score). The result wasn’t just one of the earliest examples of cultural crossover in British music; it was frankly and uncompromisingly passionate. Vulgar, you might even say. ‘I’m told Mackenzie is foaming at the mouth about The Apostles’, wrote Jaeger to Elgar in 1903. This kind of thing just wasn’t British. But if vulgarity means vitality, originality, diversity, it’s been British music’s saviour. Today, the most exciting British composers are those who transgress boundaries and explore new worlds: the late, much missed Oliver Knussen’s fascination with that great Russian eccentric Scriabin, or anything at all by Thomas Adès – a composer who believes that ‘Grand failures are preferable to sneaky successes’. Not that the UK premiere of his Piano Concerto (23 October) is likely to be anything other than a major event (and what does it say that he’s chosen to pair it with The Planets?).
British composer Thomas Adès, whose Piano Concerto receives its UK premiere on 23 October 2019.
There’s no white-walled evasion of taste in Adès’s music. ‘We have a very highly developed nose for phoniness’, he says. ‘We won’t just accept something as sublime or whatever just because it tells us it is.’ In other words, we just have to listen – and if the music has something about it, it’ll speak to us. Isle of Noises ends with an outrage: the Dynamic Triptych by John Foulds (11 December). Foulds was born near Manchester, but moved to Delhi as head of music for the British Raj’s radio network. There, the servant of Empire let his own imagination be captured and transformed by the ancient culture he encountered, and although he died of cholera in 1939, leaving a trunkful of unperformed scores, the works he did complete are like nothing else in 20th-century music. It’s hard to describe the Dynamic Triptych. It’s an exuberant, supersophisticated, utterly vulgar mass of influences, ideas and contradictions – and it sounds fantastic. In other words, it couldn’t be more British. Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. This is your music – discover it. Richard Bratby writes about music for The Spectator, Gramophone and the Birmingham Post.
For full concert details Pick up an Isle of Noises series leaflet as you leave tonight’s concert, or browse the full series online at lpo.org.uk/isleofnoises.
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Vladimir Jurowski Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor
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Ten years of Vladimir Jurowski in London have brought a non-stop journey of discovery. As the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates his decade as music director, it can look back on a period of unrivalled adventure, taking audiences to places other orchestras never reach. The Financial Times
Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming Principal Conductor in 2007: last season we celebrated the tenth anniversary of this extraordinary partnership.
The Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston, San Francisco and Chicago symphony orchestras; and the TonhalleOrchester Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow and studied at the Music Academies of Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Nabucco.
His opera engagements have included Rigoletto, Jenůfa, The Queen of Spades, Hansel and Gretel and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Parsifal and Wozzeck at Welsh National Opera; War and Peace at the Opéra National de Paris; Eugene Onegin at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre; Salome with the State Academic Symphony of Russia; Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin; Iolanta and Die Teufel von Loudun at Semperoper Dresden, and numerous operas at Glyndebourne including Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Don Giovanni, The Cunning Little Vixen, Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons, and Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2017 he made an acclaimed Salzburg Festival debut with Wozzeck and his first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor, in the world premiere production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet with the LPO.
In 2021 Vladimir will take up the position of Music Director at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2017 he became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition he holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest. He has previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997–2001), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000–03), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005–09), and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–13). Vladimir is a regular guest with many leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome; the New York Philharmonic; The Philadelphia Orchestra;
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The London Philharmonic Orchestra has released a wide selection of Vladimir Jurowski’s live recordings with the Orchestra on its own label, including Brahms’s complete symphonies; Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances. Autumn 2017 saw the release of a sevendisc set of Tchaikovsky’s complete symphonies under Jurowski (LPO-0101), and a special anniversary sevendisc set of his previously unreleased recordings with the LPO spanning the symphonic, choral and contemporary genres (LPO-1010). Visit lpo.org.uk/recordings to find out more.
Yefim Bronfman piano
A marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment and jaw-dropping bravura.
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Internationally recognised as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, in 1973 Yefim Bronfman emigrated with his family to Israel, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States he studied at The Juilliard School, the Marlboro School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.
In celebration of conductor Yuri Temirkanov’s 80th birthday, Yefim Bronfman’s 2018/19 season began with a European tour with the St Petersburg Philharmonic under the Russian maestro. This was followed by a Scandinavian tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, alongside other European concerts during the season including in Paris (Orchestre National de France), Cologne (WDR), Rome (Santa Cecilia), Berlin (Philharmonic), and the Vienna Philharmonic on tour. In the US he returns to orchestras in Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Dallas, and in recital in New York (Carnegie Hall), Berkeley, Stanford, Aspen, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, Naples, Rome, and on tour with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená.
Yefim Bronfman is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He became an American citizen in July 1989.
Over his career Yefim Bronfman has given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel aged 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honours given to American instrumentalists. In 2010 he was honoured as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University.
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Speedread Elgar was a great admirer of Richard Strauss – who, though younger than him, achieved earlier success – and Falstaff is the nearest he came to writing a tone-poem in the Straussian vein of descriptive precision. Though rarely heard today compared to his symphonies and concertos, this affectionate portrait of the Shakespearean anti-hero contains some of his most inspired music. Strauss himself spoke highly
Johannes Brahms 1833–97
Early on in Brahms’s career, his mentor Robert Schumann described the piano sonatas he was producing as ‘veiled symphonies’. Later on, Wagner would classify his symphonies as ‘quintets and the like served up as symphonies’. But whether compliments or criticisms, such recognitions of the cross-pollination of genres within Brahms’s creative process reveal an essential truth about the composer: that for him – as perhaps for Bach or Beethoven – all genres lay on the same continuum, from which emerged not just his musical arguments, but an artistic personality of candour and integrity. Thus it is that a work such as the Second Piano Concerto – completed in the summer of 1881 and premiered with Brahms himself as soloist in Budapest that November – can be both concerto-like in the sense of articulating a dialogue between a soloist and an orchestra, and symphonic in the sense of presenting and developing themes with firm structural coherence. But that is not its only contradiction: it offers intimacy and grandeur as contrasting but inextricably involved shades of expression; and it creates a solo part to challenge the
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of Elgar, and his Till Eulenspiegel, full of incident and humour, is a typically brilliant evocation of another famous reprobate, this time the medieval German trickster. Both composers in turn revered Brahms, who, in his Second Piano Concerto, showed just how strong a sense of personality and meaning can be conveyed by a ‘pure’ instrumental genre when in the hands of a master of formal and emotional control.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 Yefim Bronfman piano 1 Allegro non troppo 2 Allegro appassionato 3 Andante 4 Allegretto grazioso most technically accomplished pianist while causing its fearsome virtuosity to bury itself in the fluid demands of symphonic discourse. Brahms’s First Piano Concerto of 1854–8 had been composed by a young man still searching for his voice; terse, troubled and dramatic, it had actually been made from material transferred from an abortive symphony. The Second had no such hinterland, and is palpably the work of a mature artist – relaxed, expansive and assured. This is no confusion of genres; it is just Brahms speaking. The leisurely pace of this Concerto is established right at the start as solo horn, piano and orchestra share out the opening theme, before the piano embarks on a solo cadenza of majesterial breadth. Following this, the orchestra takes over the customary exposition of themes, and when the piano later re-enters, it is to join them in an imaginative dialogue in which these themes are constantly varied and reviewed. The central development section is prepared by shrieking trills from the piano, and the structural recapitulation of the main theme is smuggled in by the horns and clarinets under rippling piano figuration. Monumental though it is –
and though certainly not without bruising moments, passionate outbursts and wistful sighs – the mood of the movement is predominantly one of resolute optimism. Four movements are unusual in a concerto, and the interloper here is the second, derived from music Brahms had originally intended for his Violin Concerto. Cast in D minor, a key he often associated with the tragedy of Schumann’s mental illness and death, it brings the work’s most tempestuous music. The format is that of a scherzo, in which the first part is repeated after a contrasting middle section, but Brahms here creates a variant that also makes an expressive point. For instead of letting the first section reach an end, at the height of hysteria he pitches it headlong into the central section, a stiff-jointed baroque dance that by force of will hauls the music back to a mood of combative celebration, even if it cannot hold for long. When Brahms was asked why he had included this unorthodox storm-scherzo, he replied somewhat implausibly that it was because the first movement had been ‘so harmless’. A more convincing reason might
be that it was to complicate the journey from the first movement to the Andante, which is in the same key but in a contrasting mood of almost utter calm. The movement’s beautiful main theme is presented by a solo cello and never given to the piano, at least not in a form in which it can be easily recognised. Instead, the soloist muses on the cello’s soulful singing, developing it and decorating it with exquisite, seemingly streamof-consciousness filigree. Passions rise but soon die down as two clarinets quote from Brahms’s song ‘Todessehnen’ (‘Yearning for Death’), and when the cello returns, it is to lead the movement to a serene close. The finale is pure pleasure, a rondo-cum-sonata movement that feeds off Brahms’s disarming ability to write music of unloaded attractiveness, packed with themes that seem to be there just for us to enjoy, as if we were listening to one of his sets of Hungarian Dances or ‘Liebeslieder’ waltzes. It still needs genius to write, of course, and there is a Mozartian skill and wit in the way Brahms moves us from one theme or key area to the next that makes this a delightful and fulfilling conclusion to one of the 19th century’s most genuinely grand concertos.
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Programme notes continued
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Op. 28
Tonight, the LPO is experimenting with the use of surtitles. Strauss left guidelines as to the events his musical portrait covers, and our surtitles tonight largely follow these. Elgar wrote a brief analysis of his Falstaff, identifying points in the score that coincided with the story told by Shakespeare in his ‘Henry Plays’. The musicologist, Sir Donald Tovey, expanded this and we have used these two analyses as the basis for our surtitles tonight.
Like all great opera composers, Strauss showed supreme ability in the depiction of his characters’ psychological states, but perhaps only he was able to add to this such an easy genius for musical onomatopoeia. Before enjoying his first major operatic success with Salome in 1905, he had revealed this in a sequence of brilliant orchestral tone-poems rich with vivid events and unerringly naturalistic sound effects: from Don Juan to Don Quixote, and from Ein Heldenleben to the Symphonia domestica, Strauss’s tone-poems not only tell their engaging stories with wit and precision, they do so enhanced by some of the most colourful musical illustration ever conceived. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (‘Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks’), to give it Strauss’s full title, was completed in 1895, so dates from near the beginning of this golden period of orchestral invention, being preceded only by Don Juan, Tod und Verklärung and the less successful Macbeth. Its hero, Till Eulenspiegel, was a mythological mischief-maker whose mocking of the 14th-century German establishment may well have appealed to the 31-year-old Strauss, who was rather enjoying his reputation as an outrageous purveyor of musical audacities. When he was asked by the work’s first conductor for details of its programme, he replied ‘Analysis impossible for me. All wit spent in notes’, and indeed at this stage he was happy to describe it simply as ‘in rondo form’. Few listeners could doubt, however, that there are specific events being portrayed, as became clear when Strauss did eventually provide an explanatory note some time later. 12 | London Philharmonic Orchestra
A brief opening theme on strings leads to Till’s first appearance in a swaggering horn-call. Thereafter we hear him riding through a market, overturning the stalls and upsetting the women; impersonating a priest and delivering a sanctimonious sermon; flirting with the ladies; and stirring up an argument among a group of academics (personified by gruff bassoons and shrill flutes) before sticking out his tongue and running off. Throughout these episodes we continue to hear his mocking voice, his face poking out from behind the mask as it were, in a jaunty little theme unexpectedly derived from the string opening. Eventually he is captured and to the sound of a drum-roll brought to trial, though this too he pokes fun at, even as he is condemned and conducted to the gallows. The opening theme returns in an epilogue, as if to reassure us this was all long ago and far away, but it is Till who gets the last word, laughing at us still from the other side.
Falstaff: Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68
Elgar’s most celebrated orchestral work – the ‘Enigma’ Variations of 1899 – is famously a set of miniature character portraits of some of his friends. By contrast, Falstaff – composed for the Leeds Festival in 1913 – is a larger study of just one man, and a fictional one at that. Elgar was a keen and knowledgeable lover of Shakespeare, and for him Sir John Falstaff was not the deluded fat fool from The Merry Wives of Windsor (and Verdi’s opera), but rather the character in Henry IV described by one commentator as ‘in a green old age, mellow, frank, gay, easy, corpulent, loose, unprincipled and luxurious’. Elgar had great sympathy for Falstaff – no doubt he identified with his nostalgia for lost youth and ambitions, his love of England, and perhaps his ultimate rejection – and set out to vindicate him in music that is unambiguously on his side. Falstaff, then, is a one-movement work in which a chronological sequence of events is depicted in considerable detail, rather in the manner of a Strauss tone-poem. However, the way in which it maintains its structural coherence while demonstrating all the diversity demanded by the programmatic approach fully justifies the title ‘symphonic study’. Elgar wrote an analytical note for the first performance, showing how the music divides into four principal sections with two brief interludes. The first section – the shortest – introduces the swaggering themes that represent Falstaff himself, along with a courtly melody depicting his crony and partner in debauchery, the young Prince Hal. After a pause, the long second section describes a series of incidents: Falstaff holding court at the Boar’s Head; robbing a bullion convoy and being ambushed in turn; and boasting drunkenly of his exploits before falling asleep. Then comes the first interlude (dominated by a violin solo and dubbed by Elgar ‘somewhat antiquated in mood’), in which Falstaff dreams of the time when he was a page-boy.
In the third section he marches to battle for the King with his barmy army, returning after some inglorious episodes to Shallow’s Orchard, where the second interlude has him dreaming, to the strains of pipe and tabor music, of an eternal pastoral England. He wakes to find that his young friend is now King Henry V, and in the final section he hurries to the coronation in London. But instead of honouring Falstaff, Henry – whose theme has now assumed its full regal splendour – coldly rejects him, and Sir John, comforted only by his reminiscences, dies a broken man. Programme notes © Lindsay Kemp
Recommended recordings of tonight’s works by Laurie Watt Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 Stephen Kovacevich | London Philharmonic Orchestra Wolfgang Sawallisch (Warner) or Wilhelm Backhaus | Vienna Philharmonic | Karl Böhm (Decca) R Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Herbert von Karajan (Decca) or London Philharmonic Orchestra | Karl Anton Rickenbacher (Classics for Pleasure) Elgar: Falstaff London Philharmonic Orchestra | Adrian Boult (Warner) or London Philharmonic Orchestra | Vernon Handley (Warner) or BBC Philharmonic Orchestra | Andrew Davis (Chandos)
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This evening we bid farewell to one of the Orchestra’s longestserving members, as Laurie Lovelle hangs up his tails after over 38 years as a member of the LPO Double Bass section. Laurie will be fondly remembered for the fun and humour he brings to those around him, as well as his fine musicianship. Laurie first played with the LPO under Bernard Haitink in 1971 before moving to the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and later the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In 1981 he returned to the UK to join the LPO under Klaus Tennstedt, where he has remained to this day. Laurie has enjoyed a full and varied orchestral career but he also has a passion and talent for jazz. Whenever the Orchestra visited New York you could be sure to find him in a jazz club after our concerts. Outside music, Laurie is a teacher of Tai Chi, sometimes leading Orchestra members in classes on the lawns of Glyndebourne, and for several years he successfully led treks in Nepal. Laurie has always been very welcoming to new players in the bass section and quickly puts them at ease. Playing alongside him is always a pleasure, not only for his high musical standards but for his supportive way of working. His relaxed style and ability to diffuse the most pressured times in our working day will be very much missed. On behalf of all the LPO musicians, Laurie, we wish you and Julia well in your retirement, whether this be spending time in your favoured spot in Portugal or just simply enjoying a coffee in Blackheath. We bid you farewell with much affection and good wishes for the future. George Peniston, LPO Double Bass
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We are grateful to the following donors for their generous contributions to our Sound Futures campaign. Thanks to their support, we successfully raised £1 million by 30 April 2015 which has now been matched pound for pound by Arts Council England through a Catalyst Endowment grant. This has enabled us to create a £2 million endowment fund supporting special artistic projects, creative programming and education work with key venue partners including our Southbank Centre home. Supporters listed below donated £500 or over. For a full list of those who have given to this campaign please visit lpo.org.uk/soundfutures. Masur Circle Arts Council England Dunard Fund Victoria Robey OBE Emmanuel & Barrie Roman The Underwood Trust
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