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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s autumn 2013 season features exceptional soloists and iconic repertoire
15 August 2013
This autumn the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined at its home at Cadogan Hall by an array of exciting talent for a season that offers landmark repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Other highlights include a special performance of John Rutter’s Requiem in the extraordinary surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral, and a concert at the Royal Albert Hall devoted to the music of one of the most seminal film music composers, John Barry. As well as extensive UK dates, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues a rich international schedule and will travel to Montreux, where in 1912 Stravinsky wrote The Rite of Spring, to give a special anniversary performance of this groundbreaking work with conductor Charles Dutoit.
Back home at Cadogan Hall, the orchestra will welcome a host of exciting soloists. On 18 September, Russian-born pianist Natasha Paremski performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto, a work written for his wife Clara in a programme conducted by Paul Daniel. Natasha has been widely praised for her dynamic performances and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010 before releasing a critically acclaimed début recital album in 2011. Celebrated violinist Tasmin Little performs Bruch’s most famous composition, Violin Concerto No.1, on 19 October and rising star Jamie Walton performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto on 28 November. Composed in response to World War One, it is undoubtedly one of Elgar’s greatest works and this concert also includes Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, composed during the war with each movement dedicated to a fallen friend.

On 17 October, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s brass section is showcased when dazzling American trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti joins them for an all-brass programme. Equally at home in a number of musical idioms, world-renowned Vizzutti has been hailed by Chick Corea amongst others and, for this concert, performs conductor Bramwell Tovey’s own composition Pictures in the Smoke alongside Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the breathtaking Carnival of Venice and other arrangements in this diverse programme.

Two of the most successful British composers are celebrated in spectacular fashion this autumn. On 14 November, in the architectural splendour of St Paul’s Cathedral, John Rutter will conduct his works, including Requiem and Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge in a concert celebrating British choral and orchestral works performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Purcell Singers. The concert includes Vaughan Williams’ celebrated Symphony No.5. At the Royal Albert Hall (4 October), following the huge success of the John Williams' concert last year, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents a tribute to another iconic film music composer, the great John Barry. Featuring many of his best-known scores including music from James Bond films as well as haunting themes from Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves. This concert will also travel to Portsmouth and Reading.

Internationally the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s autumn season includes a concert in Montreux (5 September) conducted by Charles Dutoit, which comprises of an anniversary performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring alongside Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Kirill Gerstein. A further engagement in Montreux (7 September) includes Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 performed by the phenomenal Martha Argerich.

In St Petersburg the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs in a very special concert as part of the 75th birthday celebrations for Yuri Temirkanov, one of the world's most distinguished conductors and musicians. Termirkanov’s association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been a long and distinguished one. In 1977, he made his London début with the Orchestra and, during the 1979-1980 season, he became Principal Guest Conductor. In September 1992 he succeeded André Previn as Principal Conductor, a position he held until the beginning of the 1998-1999 season when he was appointed Conductor Laureate. The concert on 16 December in the Grand Hall at Philharmonic Hall, St Petersburg includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, JS Bach’s Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor and Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello with Pinchas Zukerman (Conductor/Violin) and Amanda Forsyth (Cello).