Sally Matthews, Gerald Finley & Mary Bevan Highlight London Philharmonic Orchestra 2020 Fall Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: Sigtryggur Ari Jóhannsson / Sim Canetty-Clarke / Victoria Cadisch)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that it will present 13 full-length concerts from September 30 to December 30, 2020.

The concerts will be filmed live and will be broadcasted on the Marquee TV. All the concerts will be free to access for 7 days after the original broadcast date. After this period they will be added to the LPO collection of concerts, and accessible to Marquee subscribers.

For the purpose of this article, we will focus only on the vocal works.

Bass-baritone Gerald Finley will kick off the series with a program that includes Widmann’s “Con brio,” Sibelius’ “In The Stream of Life,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Edward Gardner conducts.

Broadcast date: September 30, 2020, 8:00 p.m. BST

Soprano Sally Matthews will perform a program that includes Sibelius’ “The Bard,” Magnus Lindberg’s Cello Concerto No. 2 (UK Premiere), Ravel’s “Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé,” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 1. Anssi Karttunen will play the cello. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts.

Broadcast date: October 28, 2020, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Soprano Sophie Bevan will perform Beethoven’s “Ah! Perfido” in an evening featuring the Overture to Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ “L’amant anonyme,” Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and his Symphony No. 4. Nicolas Namoradze will be at the piano. Daniele Rustioni will conduct.

Broadcast date: November 11, 2029, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Soprano Angharad Lyddon, tenor Sam Furness, and bass David Soar will perform a program that includes J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Brett Dean’s “The Players,” for accordion and orchestra (UK premiere), and Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella.”

Pieter Schoeman will play the violin, Juliette Bausor will play the flute; Catherine Edwards will play the harpsichord; and James Crabb will play the accordion. Vladimir Jurowski conducts.

Broadcast date: December 16, 2020, 8:00 p.m. GMT

Soprano Mary Bevan will close the season. The program includes the overture to Vivaldi’s “La verità in cimento,” Spohr’s Symphony No. 2, Honegger’s “Pastorale d’été,” Bliss’ “Rout,” and Macmillan’s “Sinfonietta.” Vladimir Jurowski conducts.

Broadcast date: December 30, 2020, 8:00 p.m. GMT