Since the pandemic began, the classical music industry has been trying to reincorporate and get back on track. As restrictions ease worldwide, things are slowly getting back to normal. And as they do, here are some of the most exciting things going on.
Mozart, Berliner Philharmoniker
Under Warner Classics’ label, the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra will release a compilation of Mozart recordings from their catalogue. Featuring artists like Riccardo Mutti, Emmanuel Pahud, Sabine Meyer, Daniel Barenboim and David Oistrakh, the album will be released on August 31.
Summer Night Concert 2021, Wiener Philharmoniker
Released by Sony Classical on July 9, the recordings of the Summer Night Concert feature the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding and Igor Levit as a soloist. The Summer Night Concert took place on June 18 in the beautiful park of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna.
Tomorrow, Esther Abrami and Annelie
Tomorrow is a single released on August 6 as a collaboration between violinist Esther Abrami and pianist Annelie.
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1, 14, 15 & Chamber Symphony in C minor, Boston Symphony Orchestra
On June 25, Deutsche Grammophon released a live recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony 1, 14, 15, and Chamber Symphony in C minor, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Andris Nelsons as part of a cycle of interpretations of all Dimitri Shostakovich’s 15 symphonies.
Camino, Sean Shibe
Guitarist Sean Shibe brings classical guitar to the fore with a new album released on August 20 by Pentatone. The album includes works from Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, Erik Satie, Frederic Mompou and Francis Poulenc.
A Piazzolla Trilogy, Karen Gomyo and Orchestre National Des Pays de la Loire
Set to be released on September this year, A Piazzolla Trilogy features the strings version of three works from Astor Piazzolla’s repertoire: “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas”, “Tango Études for Flute or Violin Solo” and “Histoire du Tango” performed by violinist Karen Gomyo as a soloist, and accompanied by the Orchestre National Des Pays de la Loire and guitarist Stephanie Jones.
Upcoming events and festivals:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2021/22 season
From September 2021 to May 2022, the LPO will open its next concert season at the Royal Festival Hall. The program includes: Tippett’s “The Midsummer Marriage”, and Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique” under the conducting of Edward Gardner, and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10 and Sibelius’ no. 5 conducted by Karina Canellakis.
London Symphony Orchestra Discovery Family Concert
Save the date! On November 7, at Barbican Hall, the LSO will offer a concert, especially for families. Suitable for audiences from 7 to 12 years old, the dynamic of the concert will feature music based on a theme and will be a chance for everyone to get involved, have fun and learn.
20th Oxford Lieder Festival: Nature’s songbook
From 8 to 23 October, the Oxford Lieder Festival will host the world’s greatest singers and pianists to celebrate the song. The festival will offer an estimated 50 concerts, workshops, talks and masterclasses, and will be available for online streaming as well as in-person attendance.
The world’s largest classical music event that began back in July 30 and ends on September 1, has many upcoming, very exciting concerts. The listing includes Vivaldi’s four Seasons with Joshua Bell, “Bartók Roots” with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Wagner’s Tristan & Isolda with Robin Ticciati. It will also host some of the best ensembles out there, like the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chineke! Orchestra (Britain’s only majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra), and many more.
Note: Visit the websites for each event to find information about tickets, booking and COVID 19 guidelines.