Was really looking forward to seeing André Previn conduct the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican this coming Sunday (25 April 2010). But my hopes were
dashed after receiving an email from the LSO about a change of conductor and
I really wanted to see him conduct his own work, Sallie Chisum remembers Billy the Kid (1994) with Barbara Bonney (the original interpreter of the work) and of course Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. It is always interesting having the composer and the artist a work was written for coming together years later and performing it. I would have expected their Billy the Kid to have matured nicely and flow naturally and with emotion.
Instead we will have Barbara Bonney but she will be singing
Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Which is an exquisite piece, and one to which I always go back to the recording with Leontyne Price. Just hope the silly situation with the volcanic ash will not prevent her from coming to perform! It will be wonderful to be exposed to her sweeping voice and with a real vocal challenge like the Barber piece.
But it will be a missed opportunity to see her with Previn as I’m sure they would have had a wonderful time on stage. And also we get Dvorák’s Symphony No 9 – From the New World, which will not quite make up for the gap the Strauss is leaving behind, but should be perfectly enjoyable.
Unfortunately cancellations have dogged my concert bookings this year, as Helen Grimaud cancelled her concert at the Festival Hall last month. But surely I will have to book for Previn’s next concert with the LSO but first, of course, I’ll wish him a quick