Autumn/Winter Concert Preview 2001/2002- London

A fine line up is promised for music on the South Bank during the autumn and winter. Visiting orchestras will include the Concertgebouw, the Vienna Philharmonic, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras. Riccardo Chailly conducts a Ravel and Stravinsky programme on 14th October and Bernard Haitink will lead the Concertgebouw in a performance of Mahler's 6th. Seiji Ozawa returns with the VPO in Brahms (1st Piano Concerto with Peter Serkin) and Dvorak's Seventh Symphony on 30th November and Lorin Maazel will conduct them on 11th April in a concert of Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn. The St Petersburg's only visit is on 31st May and includes a line up of soloists including Kissin, Vengerov, Borodina and Basmet in a 120th Anniversary Celebration.

A major retrospective of Magnus Lindberg's works, 'Related Rocks', runs from November through to February - the orchestral concerts taken by the Philharmonia and the London Sinfonietta. An unmissable concert is the Philharmonia's on 2nd December with Sibelius' Kullervo and Lindberg's Kraft on the programme. The conductor (for this and the whole series) is Esa Pekka Salonen.

Other Philharmonia highlights include a complete cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos with Mikhael Pletnev and Christoph von Dohnanyi (4th, 8th and 13th November), Salonen in Sibelius' Second Symphony, Svetlanov in Brahms (the Violin Concerto with Repin) and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker (Act II). Andras Schiff returns to the orchestra in Beethoven and Schumann piano concertos.

The London Philharmonic give a complete Beethoven symphony cycle under Kurt Masur between 28th November and 6th December and Anne- Sophie Mutter is soloist in Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Carl Davis continues his Screen Classic series with the orchestra.

The Harrods International Piano Series goes from strength to strength. Boris Berezovsky opens the season on 30th October in Liszt and Schumann and Pollini returns in November (20th) for a programme that includes Brahms, Webern, Stockhausen and Beethoven. Arcadi Volodos (29th November) and Joanna MacGregor (15th December) in an enterprising programme of Crumb, Gershwin, Cage and 'Street Style' music completes the year. Daniel Barenboim and Pletnev feature in February and March respectively.

Chamber music includes a complete cycle of the Bartok Quartets with the Emerson's given in one day (starting at 5.30 on 4th November). Further concerts, celebrating their 25th Anniversary, include the complete Razumosky Quartets and a programme dedicated to six of Haydn's quartets. The Hagen's play Mozart (13th December), the Arditti's offer us Lindberg and Berg (30th November) and the Alban Berg play Rihm on 27th February. The Juilliard's (the longest established quartet in the world today) play haydn, Beethoven and Sibelius on 13th April.

Singers to visit the South Bank will include Sergei Leiferkus, Andeas Scholl (in selected Handel cantatas) and Sir Thomas Allen and Solveig Kringelborn in Wolf, Beethoven, Duparc and Bizet.

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Barbican and London Opera highlights will follow later in the month.

Marc Bridle

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