The COE, Sir Antonio Pappano and Lisa Batiashvili 13-24 May 2018
From 13 to 24 May 2018, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conductor Sir Antonio Pappano and violinist Lisa Batiashvili perform seven concerts in Italy, France and Switzerland, featuring Ligeti’s Concerto Romanesc and Brahms’s Violin Concerto and Serenade No. 1.
Since our first project at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon with Lisa Batiashvili back in 2008, we have performed with her almost every year with conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo and Semyon Bychkov. In February 2017, following our Mendelssohn Symphony cycle with Yannick, we recorded Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Lisa as part of a CD due to be released during 2018 by Deutsche Grammophon. We are delighted to be working with Lisa again; she said: “This is the orchestra I have the biggest admiration for. Each member is a unique musician and it feels like they all share wisdom, knowledge, good taste and a great instinct for music. I find it remarkable that in certain symphonies, which can often sound very heavy and grounded, COE, with its round and warm tone, brings its special, natural genius for music making to every work – this is so rare to find.” We will be working with Lisa again in June, this time under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
This will be our second ever project with Sir Antonio Pappano, with whom we worked for the first time in March 2016. Together, we travelled to Italy, France and Belgium and performed works by Bizet, Fauré, Mozart, as well as Richard Strauss’s oboe concerto featuring Lisa’s husband and former principal oboe of the COE, François Leleux.