Welcome to the 2018-19 Season

As I enter my 13th season with the Orchestra, I have great pride in what our Orchestra has achieved with the support of our wonderful audiences, and look forward more than ever to another season of music-making in Liverpool.

This season, I will conduct all four Brahms symphonies. Seen in his lifetime as the natural successor to Beethoven (whose symphonic cycle we performed in 2016), his first symphony was even referred to as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’ by Hans von Bülow, who conducted the premiere performance. Within months of this first symphony Brahms produced another, the Second – as different as night and day from the first, written over a summer holiday.

The Third Symphony is full of Brahms’ trademark passion, glorious melodies and rich harmonic writing. His friend and influential music critic Eduard Hanslick wrote: ‘Many music lovers will prefer the titanic force of the First Symphony; others, the untroubled charm of the Second, but the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.’

The Fourth contains some of the darkest music of the 19th century. American composer Jan Swafford has called the piece ‘a funeral song for [Brahms’s] heritage, for a world at peace, for an Austro-German middle class that honored and understood music like no other culture, for the sweet Vienna he knew, for his own lost loves.’

I’m delighted to work with artists new to Liverpool as well as returning friends. Artists in Residence this season include harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and piano duo Anderson & Roe.

Composer Gary Carpenter, whose work will be familiar to many of you as we’ve performed it frequently in recent years, is our Composer in Association this season. The world premiere of his new harpsichord concerto will be performed, as well as several other compositions.

In a new partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, I’ll be conducting the winner of this prestigious event in our opening concert of the season.

We’ll host the second and third prizewinners in a series of piano recitals in the Music Room.

This work can’t happen without the critical support of our Principal Funders, Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council, our Principal Partners, Investec Wealth & Investment and Liverpool John Moores University, Premier Sponsor Hill Dickinson, trusts and foundations, sponsors, and so many generous individuals. If you’d like to help support our music-making, please see the become a member page.

Welcome to another season of great music!

Vasily Petrenko
Chief Conductor

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You can also view a version of the full season printed brochure on issuu.

Large print versions of the brochure are available on our Accessibility page.

Read the press release for Season 2018/19 here.

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