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Composers in Focus

Composers in Focus

This season, we have a selection of composers whose work will feature more prominently across our programmes with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as our Chamber music concerts.

Beethoven 250

We continue to celebrate Beethoven through his 250th Birthday year.

Petrenko’s Mahler Symphonies

We reach the exhilarating conclusion of Vasily Petrenko’s survey of Mahler Symphonies.

Richard Strauss

One of the most important composers of the 20th century, Richard Strauss is famed for his stunning orchestrations, his use of tonality and his masterful operatic plots. Join us for concerts featuring some of his finest works this season.

Alexander von Zemlinsky

Born in October 1871, we celebrate what would have been Zemlinsky’s 150th birthday with a selection of this influential composer’s works throughout the season. In his work, we feel

the influence of late-Romanticism, twentieth- century modernism, neoclassicism and even jazz – Vasily Petrenko is a fan, and we think you will be too!

Astor Piazzolla

The celebrations continue in 2021, with concerts to mark Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday. This incredible tango composer introduced us to the ‘nuevo tango’ style, and we’re delighted that our season will even feature Pablo Ziegler who was pianist for, and collaborator with, Piazzolla during the last decade of his life.

Igor Stravinsky

50 years after his death, we celebrate the genius of Stravinsky, who revolutionised 20th century music. From the stunning Firebird, to the incredible Rite of Spring, we pay homage to this most diverse and talented of composers.

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    Beethoven Septet

    A fantastic opportunity to learn about Beethoven Septet with demonstrations of period instruments and the inner workings of this absolute masterpiece.

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    Liverpool String Quartet

    Zemlinsky's String Quartet No.1, Webern's Langsamer Satz and Shostakovich's String Quartet No.1.

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    Strauss and Shostakovich

    Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel and Six Brentano Songs and Shostakovich's Symphony No.10, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with soprano Adela Zaharia.

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    ¡Viva Piazzolla!

    Conductor Clark Rundell and tango legend Pablo Ziegler – Astor Piazzolla’s own regular pianist – salute the king of ‘nuevo tango’ in what would have been his 100th birthday.

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    Discover: Beethoven String Quartets

    Beethoven String Quartet Op.59, No.1

    Building on the success of Discover the Classics, this season we’re delighted to present Discover: Beethoven String Quartets featuring cellist Gethyn...

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    Bruch’s Violin Concerto

    Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 and Richard Strauss' An Alpine Symphony with violinist/conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider.

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    Ensemble of St Luke’s

    Elizabeth Maconchy's String Quartet No.3 and Beethoven's String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2.

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    Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzolla

    Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3, Piazzolla's Ave Maria, Vivaldi's Gloria and The Four Seasons, and Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

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    Petrenko’s Mahler V

    Victoria Borisova-Ollas' Remember Me Giselle: cello concerto, and Mahler's Symphony No.5, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with cellist Truls Mørk.

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    Mahler Matinee

    Haydn's Cello Concerto No.1 in C and Mahler's Symphony No.5, conducted by Vasily Petrenko and cellist Anastasia Kobekina.

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    Discover: Beethoven String Quartets

    Beethoven String Quartet, Op.131

    Building on the success of Discover the Classics, this season we’re delighted to present Discover: Beethoven String Quartets featuring cellist Gethyn...

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    A Tango in Paris

    Piazzolla's L’Histoire du Tango, Ravel's Sonatine and Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp.

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    The Firebird

    Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, Dani Howard's Trombone Concerto, Debussy's Jeux, and Stravinsky's Suite, The Firebird, conducted by Ben Glassberg with trombonist Peter Moore....

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    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    Rossini's Overture, La Cenerentola, Mozart's Horn Concerto No.2, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Stravinsky's Suite, The Firebird, condu...

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    Hindoyan Conducts La Valse

    Dukas' La Péri, Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Ravel's Suite No.2 from Daphnis et Chloé, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and La Valse, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan with...

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    Bassico Trio

    Elischa Kaminer's Three haiku for bass clarinet and double bass, Josephine Stephenson's Tanka and Zemlinsky's Clarinet Trio.

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    Scheherazade

    Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Sibelius' Violin Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with violinist Baiba Skride.

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    Petrenko's Prokofiev

    Vaughan Williams' Overture, The Wasps, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1, and Prokofiev's Symphony No.5, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with pianist Paul Lewis.

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    Organ Symphony

    Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 ‘Organ Symphony’, conducted by Elena Schwarz conductor with violinist Noa Wildschut and or...

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    Petrenko’s Rite of Spring

    Bernd Richard Deutsch's New Work, Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra, Zemlinsky's The Burial of Spring, and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, conducted by Vasily Petrenko with barito...