How was the programme selected for the 2011-2012 season ?
This season’s programme is largely based on that conceived by Yakov Kreizberg, our Artistic Director who passed away ahead of his time in March. We find therefore his favourites in the repertoire, such as Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Mahler, but also a strong thread running through devoted to French music : Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Chausson and so on.
Chandler Cudlipp, our artistic adviser, was also especially keen to mark the season with guest musicians to enrich the orchestra’s musical experience. We will have the pleasure of welcoming artists to Monaco for the first time, notably Diego Matheuz and Christian Vasquez, both products – like Gustavo Dudamel before them – of Venezuela’s famous “El sistema” programme, but also Krzysztof Urbanski, Jun Märkl, Juanjo Mena and Giancarlo Guerrero to cite just a few of the conductors.
Among the soloists, we have Julia Fischer, Arabella Steinbacher, Augustin Hadelich, Philippe Bianconi, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gautier Capuçon and Emmanuel Pahud, who are well known to our audiences, as well as Olga Scheps and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on piano and Tine Thing Helseth, a very talented young trumpet player.
What are the highlights ?
We are particularly proud to welcome back Lorin Maazel to conduct the opening concert on 27 September in the Grimaldi Forum. That one is not to be missed!
On 4 December, Mark Wigglesworth will be conducting Mahler’s 2nd symphony in a concert that brings together Malin Hartelius, Nathalie Stutzmann and the Rundfunkchor Berlin (choir).
In April 2012, the orchestra will take part in the exceptional Bruckner cycle during the Printemps des Arts festival.
But these are just a few examples of a rich and varied season.
Prague, Geneva, Zurich, Ludwigshafen and Berlin are on the touring programme, as is Rome and the Vatican where the orchestra will participate in the Festival of Music and Religious Art which is a Friends of the Orchestra initiative.
What’s new ?
The visuals for the season are intended to give a nod to the orchestra’s current and past recordings which have really taken off, particularly since the launch last year of our “OPMC Classics” label.
Two new CD releases, devoted to Shostakovich’s 11th symphony and Mahler’s 5th and conducted by Yakov Kreizberg, will complete the collection which has already been warmly received by the international press.