On Tuesday 22 October 2019, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will be performing at the Barbican Centre, the final concert of their eight-concert European tour. The tour marks the orchestra’s centenary year with a programme celebrating Norway’s musical heritage in the form of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Leif Ove Andsnes. At the Barbican Centre their programme will also look back to the orchestra’s first subscription concert in 1919 with Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan, as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10.
“We’re taking the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra’s signature pieces on tour,” comments Vasily Petrenko. “We have Grieg’s Piano Concerto, perhaps the best-known work from Norway.” The orchestra, he adds, developed its lasting affinity for the works of Shostakovich and Rachmaninov under the long and distinguished leadership of Mariss Jansons. “I’m very glad to bring a fresh interpretation to this repertoire for the centenary. We’ve played quite a lot of Russian repertoire together over the last six years, and I look forward to exploring these great works on tour.”
The tour will also visit Cologne’s Philharmonie (13 October), Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (14 October), the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (15 October), the Vienna Konzerthaus (16 October), Ljubljana’s Cankarjev Dom (18 October), Teatro Giovanni da Udine (19 October) and Turin’s Centro Congressi (20 October).
The orchestra and Vasily Petrenko will also be releasing a new recording of music by R.Strauss on the LAWO label on Friday 25 October. The repertoire on the disc is Don Juan, Don Quixote (featuring Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra principal cellist Louisa Tuck) and Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.