The Sydney Symphony has resumed its identity as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with the release of its 2014 season under its new Chief Conductor David Robertson.
Whilst the focus is on the European classics, the year’s offerings ought to please, as the programme includes symphonic masterworks, lighter fare from the movies, choral greats and a spritz of the unusual.
The visiting soloists and conductors represent an array of the best in the world as Emmanuel Ax teams up with David Robertson to perform Beethoven’s piano concerti and Mozart’s symphonies get an airing as do his violin concerti, performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter; there is music by the Romantic Masters, Shostakovich, Elgar, Tippett and Britten.
Following Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame in 2012 and its Verdi/Wagner offerings n 2013, there is another opera in concert – R Strauss’ Elektra in a collaboration with the Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Phlharmonia Choirs, and soloists Christine Goerke, Lisa Gasteen, Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright and Kim Begley. Later in the year, Sydney Philharmonia joins the orchestra again to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Christine Bewer sings R Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Simone Young conducts a harp ensemble, passing the visiting conductor’s baton to Donald Runnicles and Osmo Vanska. Richard Gill and Benjamin Northey will also appear on the podium; Haken Hardenberger, Truls Mork and Stephen Hough are amongst the cascade of soloists. There is music from West Side Story and The Matrix, and guitar legend Pepe Romero performs Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez.
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