As soon as David Zinman has finished with the festivities in China he will return to Europe in the first week of January 2011 to conduct one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic. Zinman is no stranger here, and will conduct 4 concerts of music including the World Première of a work by Hillborg, commissioned jointly by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, Zurich Tonhalle Gesellschaft and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join Zinman when he returns to Berlin for the first time after 15 years to perform Shostakovich’s Cello concerto No 2. All concerts conclude with the dramatic Symphony No 5 by Carl Nielsen.
At the end of January Zinman will travel north and conduct two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No 3 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. At the beginning of February Zinman will conduct the Orchestre National de France in Paris (his second visit to Paris this season) in a programme of Mozart and Strauss. He will be joined by the wonderful German violinist Thomas Zehetmair who will perform Mozart’s concerto No 5 in A major.
In February David Zinman will conduct one of Europe’s ‘Top period instrument Orchestras of the World,’ the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) with concerts in London, Sheffield and Basingstoke. The celebrated clarinettist Anthony Pay will perform Weber’s Clarinet Concerto and to end the programme Zinman will conduct his ground-breaking interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No 7. The concerts will open with Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
RECORDING OF SCHUBERT SYMPHONIES
The end of February sees not only the return of the maestro to his own orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, but the start of the new project, the recording of all the Schubert Symphonies. Symphonies No 1 and 2 will be recorded in March and No 7 and 8 in May 2011.