RISING stars in the world of classical music will join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a series of concerts during its residency at the Brighton Dome this season.
German violinist Albrecht Menzel made his concert debut at just 13 years old. Now, at 25, he has already won numerous awards and performed with leading orchestras around Europe. Under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, Menzel will make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra by performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
At the age of 24, Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault has been making waves across North America and Europe for his “technically commanding yet musically stylistic and sensitive” playing, and was named as the first ever Soloist-in-Residence of Montréal’s Orchestre Métroplitain. He makes his London Philharmonic Orchestra debut in Tchaikovsky’s elegant and graceful Rococo Variations with guest conductor John Storgårds.
The season opens on Saturday October 28 with an all-Beethoven programme featuring his revolutionary ‘Eroica’ symphony, in which the composer locks horns with Napoleon Bonaparte. “If I understood war the way I understand music, I would conquer him!” said Beethoven about Napoleon Bonaparte. His Coriolan Overture probes the psychological cost of political power: this is the music of an angry young genius, forged at white heat in an age of revolution. The programme, which also includes Piano Concerto No 5, is conducted by Eugene Tzigane and features the award-winning pianist Inon Barnatan.
Three of the orchestra’s soloists, leader Pieter Schoeman, violinist Kevin Lin and cellist Pei-Jee Ng, take a journey into the minds of two of the most beloved composers of all time, Bach and Vivaldi, on Saturday November 25. When Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi created their concertos, they weren’t just providing showcases for brilliant players, and they weren’t just creating delightfully vivid musical pictures – though no music does that with more imagination and charm than Vivaldi’s evergreen The Four Seasons. They were looking for a universal harmony: and expressing it in music that, three centuries on, has an unmatched ability to refresh the human heart and soul.
The programme features Bach’s extraordinary Double Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Albrecht Menzel and Stéphane Tétreault appear with the LPO at the Dome next year. Menzel is just the violinist to bring out the inner warmth of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, written after the composer found happiness in the sunny south, performing on Saturday February 24. On the same programme, Vasily Petrenko also conducts performances of the Beatrice et Benedict by Hector Berlioz, who took Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and transformed it into a romantic comedy sparkling with wit, and the classic Sheherezade, Rimsky-Korsakov’s retelling of the Thousand and One Nights in music of dazzling colour and unforgettable melody.
On Saturday April 14, cellist Stephane Tétreault teams up with guest conductor John Storgards in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, an affectionate musical salute to a gentler age. The programme includes Stravinsky’s Jeu de cartes and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No 3. Both conductors were exiled from Russia and travelled Europe and America before ending up as unlikely neighbours in Hollywood. Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony can’t hide its deep, songful sense of loss, while Stravinsky’s Jeu de cartes is playing for higher (and scarier) stakes than you might at first realise from this brilliant razor-sharp music.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s series of concerts at the Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton. Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.
Above: Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault
Main picture, top: German violinist Albrecht Menzel/Picture: Anne Hornemann
Below: conductor Vasily Petrenko
Above: guest conductor John Storgårds
Below: pianist Inon Barnatan
Above: soloist Pieter Schoeman