Montreal Symphony announces 2012-13 season

Posted on: March 28, 2012

In Tuesday’s (3/27) Montreal Gazette, Arthur Katpainis writes, “Kent Nagano will take a step back to the music of Joseph Haydn next season, while stepping away from the repertoire for which the OSM used to be famous. Many French and Russian classics are part of the 2012-2013 programming announced Monday, but most of this repertoire is assigned to guest conductors. The OSM’s music director will place three Haydn Symphonies—No. 92 ‘Surprise,’ No. 100 ‘Military’ and No. 101 ‘Clock’—as the defining elements of programs thematically linked to those nicknames. The ‘military’ program includes a new piece by Maxime McKinley involving the electronic dance-music composer DJ Champion. … Nagano opens the programming on Sept. 5 with a standard season-opening colossus, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection,’ which is repeated twice. Then the onslaught of French and Russian favourites under guest conductors begins. Former OSM principal conductor [and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director] Jacques Lacombe leads Debussy’s La Mer in the second week of subscription concerts, followed by James Conlon, Nagano’s successor as music director of the Los Angeles Opera, who comes with Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Tombeau de Couperin. … Nagano is also doing his share of contemporary repertoire.”

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Posted March 28, 2012