Edward Gardner opens London Philharmonic season



As the London Philharmonic Orchestra launches its all-digital autumn season, Edward Gardner took up the baton to lead the orchestra in its season-opening performances. Edward takes on the post of Principal Conductor with the orchestra next year.

This performance, with featured soloist Gerald Finley, includes Jörg Widmann’s Con brio, Sibelius’ In the Stream of Life (arr. Einojuhani Rautavaara), and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Audiences can stream the concert free for seven days on Marquee TV starting 30 September.

“Beethoven’s Fifth,” writes The Guardian, “was magnificently done. The opening motto was flung out with an edgy defiance, after which Gardner never allowed the tension to relax, pressing through the slow movement with remarkable urgency, and achieving remarkable things in the fiercely exultant finale. Orchestral textures were lean and clear and the playing was tremendous in its ferocious energy and commitment.”

The Times writes that “the LPO is taking the lion’s share of the concerts and filming them in a more dramatic way than usual to take some advantage of the empty hall. It is, in its own way, a striking launchpad for the photogenic Edward Gardner, the LPO’s chief conductor designate, who led the orchestra here.”

Also Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic, Edward’s recent highlights include multiple international tours with that orchestra; debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, and the Royal Opera House; and returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

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