National and civic pride helped launch the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra a century ago. They have been boosted since by its outstanding achievements at home and on the international stage. The Norwegian orchestra, which gave its first performance in September 1919, marks its centenary year in style with a landmark season at home and a major European tour under the direction of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and Leif Ove Andsnes as soloist. The eight-concert tour opens on Sunday 13 October at Cologne’s Philharmonie and unfolds over the following fortnight with visits to, among other leading venues, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (14 October), the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (15 October), the Vienna Konzerthaus (16 October) and Turin’s Centro Congressi (20 October). It is set to conclude at the Barbican Centre in London on Tuesday 22 October.

The Oslo Philharmonic’s centenary tour programme celebrates the best of Norway’s musical heritage in the form of Arne Nordheim’s Canzona and Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, performed by Andsnes as soloist. It also embraces Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan, performed at the orchestra’s first subscription concert in 1919, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10 and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2, compositions drawn from the heart of Vasily Petrenko’s repertoire. The A minor Piano Concerto connects directly with the programme of the orchestra’s debut concert and more broadly with Grieg’s role in creating the institution from which the Oslo Philharmonic developed.

“We’re taking the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra’s signature pieces on tour,” comments Vasily Petrenko. “We have one of the most famous contemporary pieces by a Norwegian composer, Nordheim’s Canzona, as well as 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. We have also performed and are recording a cycle of the Strauss tone poems, and Don Juan will be part of our next release. It’s very much under the players’ fingers and in their veins! We’re going to perform at some fantastic halls and I expect this to be a great tour.”

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Autumn 2019 international tour dates:

 

Vasily Petrenko conductor | Leif Ove Andsnes piano

 

13 October in Cologne, Philharmonie

Nordheim Canzona

Grieg Piano Concerto

Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

 

14 October in Amsterdam, Concertgebouw

Strauss Don Juan

Grieg Piano Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No.10

 

15 October in Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie

Nordheim Canzona

Grieg Piano Concerto

Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

 

16 October in Vienna, Konserthaus

Strauss Don Juan

Grieg Piano Concerto

Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

 

18 October in Ljubljana, Cankarjev Dom

Strauss Don Juan

Grieg Piano Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No.10

 

19 October in Udine, Teatro Giovanni da Udine

Nordheim Canzona

Grieg Piano Concerto

Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

 

20 October in Torino, Centro Congressi Turin

Strauss Don Juan

Grieg Piano Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No.10

 

22 October in London, Barbican

Strauss Don Juan

Grieg Piano Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No.10

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