Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced its ninetieth season this morning. Highlights:
Karina Gauvin will sing Britten’s Les Illuminations for Soprano and String Orchestra (February 2012)
Sondra Radvanovsky will sing Tatyana’s Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, plus an aria from La forza del destino (April 2012)
There will be 500 performers for the Mahler’s 8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, incl. Adrianne Pieczonka and Richard Margison (June 2012)
Artists in Residence this season: Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma.
The Kronos Quartet make their TSO debut.
Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Nov 30 in the program of Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Liadov.
The fantastic series of talks-with-concerts Exposed: Unveiling Great Music continues with Brahms Symphony 1 (TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian discusses the work in the first half, then conducts the performance – Sep 30 ’11), Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin (Jan 26 ’12) and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Mar 9, ’12).
Complete season brochure HERE.
Here’s a taste of Karina Gauvin illuminating Les Illuminations:
We were also invited to an open rehearsal for tonight’s performance of Mozart’s Symphony 34, led by the TSO’s Peter Oundjian. These are always interesting. Heard in the course of musical direction:
(after the first audience applause) “Thank you. The rehearsal you should come to is the first one. By now, we’re ready.”
“If this was twice as soft, it would be much wittier. Yeah?”
“Semplice, not picky, so it has a beautiful arch.”
“Sometimes it’s nicer to start without a plan about those [later bars]. Let’s be in touch as we play.”
“Crescendo here slightly too thick. Too loud, too early. Here we increase the music volume in spirit not in actual volume.”
“Much more brilliant. Much more Rossini.”
“This is a wild outburst. We can be abandoned. Here it’s more like a battle.”