In celebration of its 140th anniversary, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) – Asia’s oldest symphony orchestra – has announced a three-week world tour and their first studio album on Deutsche Grammophon.
Under Music Director Long Yu, the SSO’s world tour runs from 14 August to 1 September, during which the orchestra makes debuts at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolf Trap and Ravinia Festival, in addition to returning to Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
In striving to promote and build cultural exchanges between East and West as part of its “Music Connecting Worlds” ethos, the SSO performs Wu Xing (The Five Elements) by leading Chinese composer Qigang Chen, throughout its tour.
Long and the SSO will be joined by three world-class soloists: Alisa Weilerstein will perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor at Wolf Trap, Ravinia Festival and Edinburgh International Festival; Frank Peter Zimmermann presents Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major at the Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; and The Leeds winner Eric Lu will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major for his BBC Proms debut.
The SSO has been touring internationally since the 1970s, when they performed in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2017 became the first Chinese ensemble to perform at the Lucerne Festival. Askonas Holt is very happy to be working with the SSO for the first time on this historic tour.
Following the release of a live recording of the orchestra’s landmark performance at the Imperial Ancestral Temple outside of Beijing’s Forbidden City, the SSO and Long Yu will release its first studio recording on the label this summer. Gateways, which is due for release on 28 June 2019, blends Chinese and Russian repertoires, with works by Chinese composer Qigang Chen sitting alongside Rachmaninov and Kreisler, with soloist Maxim Vengerov. Qigang Chen’s violin concerto La joie de la souffrance was premiered in 2017 by Long Yu and Maxim Vengerov, for whom the piece was written.
Long Yu, along with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in June 2018.
Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois Op. 3 was yesterday released as a preview by Deutsche Grammophon.