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Mark Wigglesworth

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25th August 2017

Mark Wigglesworth has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Starting in 2018, he conducts the orchestra in three weeks of concerts including symphonies by Bruckner, Beethoven, and Shostakovich.

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26th July 2017

BBC Proms

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms. Together they play David Sawer’s The Greatest Happiness Principle, Haydn’s Symphony No 99, and Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, for which the soloist is Stephen Hough.

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12th April 2017

2017 Olivier Awards

Mark Wigglesworth has won the Outstanding Achievement in Opera Award at this year Olivier Awards for his conducting of Don Giovanni and Lulu with English National Opera.

10th March 2017

Olivier Awards

Mark Wigglesworth has been nominated alongside Renée Fleming and Stuart Skelton in the Outstanding Achievement in Opera category at this year’s Olivier Awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on April 9th.

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16th February 2017

National Symphony

Mark Wigglesworth replaces an indisposed Jaap van Zweden to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in three performances at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. The programme is Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with the soloist Simone Lamsma and Brahms’ 2nd Symphony.

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4th February 2017

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales this week in music by Wagner, Mahler, and Stravinsky. The Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser and the original 1911 version of Petrushka frame a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn in which the baritone soloist is Roderick Williams.

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7th January 2017

Lulu

Listen to Alban Berg’s Lulu on BBC Radio 3. English National Opera’s production stars Brenda Rae, Nicky Spence, James Morris, Sir Willard White, Sarah Connolly, and David Soar and is conducted by Mark Wigglesworth

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5th January 2017

What’s On Stage

Mark Wigglesworth wins Outstanding Contribution to the UK Operatic Scene in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2017.

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1st November 2016

Lulu

Mark Wigglesworth conducts five performances of Alban Berg’s Lulu with English National Opera. The cast includes Brenda Rae, Nicky Spence, James Morris, Sarah Connolloy, and Sir Willard White.

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27th September 2016

Don Giovanni

Mark conducts Mozart’s Don Giovanni at English National Opera. Richard Jones’ new production includes Christopher Purves in the title role, alongside Clive Bayley, Caitlin Lynch, Allan Clayton, and Christine Rice.

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9th July 2016

Wagner and Tippett at the BBC Proms

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales at The Royal Albert Hall on July 23rd. The programme pairs the final scene of Wagner’s Die Walküre alongside Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time with the soloists Tamara Wilson, Susan Bickley, Peter Hoare, and James Creswell.
The performance is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC4 the following evening.

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Mark’s article about this concert on The Guardian website

 

15th June 2016

Jenůfa with English National Opera

Mark conducts six performances of Janáček’s Jenůfa with English National Opera at The London Coliseum. A revival of David Alden’s Olivier Award winning production includes Laura Wilde and Michaela Martens as the twin protagonists, and Peter Hoare and Nicky Spence as the jealous brothers.

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23rd April 2016

Spring 2016

This April Mark performs with the Chorus of English National Opera as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and together they give three performances of Brahms’ A German Requiem in London. In May Mark conducts BBC Symphony Orchestra in the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the Barbican.

Shakespeare Live

Brahms Requiem

BBC Young Musician of the Year

9th January 2016

The Magic Flute

Mark Wigglesworth conducts Mozart’s The Magic Flute at English National Opera. The cast, in Simon McBurney’s production, includes Lucy Crowe, Allan Clayton, Peter Coleman-Wright, James Creswell, Ambur Braid, and John Graham-Hall.

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7th December 2015

The New World Symphony

Mark Wigglesworth is performing this week with The New World Symphony Orchestra. Together they play Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Brahms’ 1st Symphony.

3rd November 2015

Verdi’s The Force of Destiny

Mark Wigglesworth conducts Verdi’s The Force of Destiny, its first performances at ENO for over twenty years. Calixto Bieito’s new production includes Tamara Wilson, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Anthony Michaels-Moore, James Creswell, and Andrew Shore.

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7th June 2015

English National Opera

Mark Wigglesworth conducts four operas in his first season as Music Director of English National Opera. New productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Force of Destiny are followed by revivals of The Magic Flute and Jenufa. For more information visit the ENO website

22nd May 2015

Tippett in Brazil

Mark Wigglesworth is in Brazil for three performances of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by the soloists Measha Brueggergosman, Susan Bickley, Stuart Skelton, and Peter Coleman-Wright.

24th April 2015

Mark Wigglesworth in Australia

Mark Wigglesworth is in Australia for concerts with the Adelaide Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, and a performance given jointly by the Tasmanian Symphony and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Repertoire includes the Australian premiere of James MacMillan’s Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power, the complete cycle of Mahler’s songs Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.

7th April 2015

Mahler and Bruckner

In April, Mark conducts Haydn’s Farewell Symphony and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Minnesota Orchestra followed by a selection of Mahler’s Knaben Wunderhorn songs and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony. The BBC concert can be heard live on Radio 3 on April 16th.

27th February 2015

The Royal Opera House

Mark Wigglesworth gives seven performances of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The cast in this new production by John Fulljames includes Kurt Streit, Christine Rice, Sir Willard White, Peter Hoare, and Anne Sophie von Otter. It will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 on March 14th and screened live in cinemas on April 1st.

28th October 2014

The Dream of Gerontius

Mark Wigglesworth conducts Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. They are joined by the soloists Peter Hoare, Anna Larsson, and Peter Rose, and the performance can be heard live on BBC Radio 3 at 7.30 on November 7th.

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9th October 2014

Mark Wigglesworth at the Concertgebouw

Watch Mark Wigglesworth and The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic performing Schönberg, Mahler, and Stravinsky at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

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19th September 2014

October 2014

In October Mark Wigglesworth gives concerts in Holland, Belgium and France. With the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic he performs Schönberg, Mahler, Rachmaninov, and Stravinsky; Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms with the Philharmonie ZuidNederland; and Shostakovich and Ravel with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

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7th August 2014

Mark Wigglesworth and the BBCNOW at the Proms

Listen to Mark Wigglesworth’s concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Royal Albert Hall in London and read the reviews here.

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31st July 2014

BBC Proms

On August 6th Mark conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Proms. Elgar’s First Symphony is the main work in a programme that opens with Wagner’s Overture to Das Liebesverbot and the Violin Concerto by William Mathias.

1st July 2014

The Tokyo Symphony

This week Mark is in Japan to conduct Liszt and Wagner with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall and the Musa Kawasaki Symphony Hall. They play Henk de Vlieger’s arrangement of Wagner’s Ring and are joined by the pianist Yu Kosuge for Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto.

1st April 2014

New Recordings

Mark has two new recordings out this month. Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony played by the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra completes his much acclaimed cycle of all the Shostakovich Symphonies for BIS, whilst Onyx have released a live performance of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto in which the soloist is James Ehnes and the orchestra the Melbourne Symphony.

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26th November 2013

The Brahms Piano Concertos

Hyperion have released a new recording of the Brahms Piano Concertos by Stephen Hough, Mark Wigglesworth, and the Mozarteumorchester.

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27th September 2013

Munich, Berlin, and Melbourne

Over the coming weeks Mark Wigglesworth performs in Munich, Berlin, and Melbourne. He returns to the Bavarian State Opera for Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte with a cast led by Malin Byström as Fiordiligi. At the Berlin Philharmonie, he gives a concert of music by Ives, Barber and Mahler with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester  Berlin, and then travels to Australia for Shostakovich Symphony No 10 and the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with James Ehnes and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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3rd September 2013

Mark in Australia

Mark travels to Australia this month for concerts with the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. In Adelaide, Nicholas Daniel is the soloist in James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto, a performance that includes the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7. In Sydney, Henk de Vlieger’s arrangement of Wagner’s Ring is preceded by Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 in which the soloist will be Ingrid Fliter.

17th June 2013

Mark Wigglesworth at the Concertgebouw

Mark Wigglesworth and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra give the opening concert of the 2013 Robeco Summer Nights Festival at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The main work is Henk de Vlieger’s arrangement of Wagner’s Ring and the programme also includes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello with the soloists Liza Ferschtman and Nicolas Altstaedt.

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30th May 2013

Mark Wigglesworth in Hong Kong

Mark Wigglesworth returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct performances of music by Britten, Liszt, and Haydn.

Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Haydn’s Symphony No 90 bookend both Piano Concertos by Liszt, for which the soloist is Stephen Hough.

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30th April 2013

Elgar in Australia

Mark Wigglesworth is spending the month of May in Australia and New Zealand for performances of Elgar’s First Symphony.
Members of the Australian Youth Orchestra team up with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for a concert that also includes Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem whilst the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are joined by pianist Yevgeny Sudbin for performances of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.

8th April 2013

Tippett and Wagner

Mark Wigglesworth conducts a concert of music by Michael Tippett and Richard Wagner with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The Ritual Dances from Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage are followed by the celebrated excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung for which the soprano Christine Brewer sings the role of Brūnnhilde.

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21st December 2012

Mark Wigglesworth in January 2013

Mark Wigglesworth begins 2013 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with soloists Ronald Brautigam and Eva-Maria Westbroek, they perform a concert in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building. Music includes works by Wagner, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and Verdi. From there Mark travels to Salzburg to perform and record the two Piano Concertos by Brahms with Stephen Hough and the Mozarteum Orchestra. This is followed by a month in the United States playing British music with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Julliard Orchestra in New York, and two performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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8th December 2012

Schubert and Bruckner in Vancouver

This weekend Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Vancouver Symphony in Vancouver, Canada. Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is preceded by Schubert’s Unfinished.

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28th October 2012

Wagner and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth recently gave a concert of music by Tippett and Wagner with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London. With the Leopold String Trio, they performed Michael Tippett’s Triple Concerto and in the second half played Henk de Vlieger’s orchestral arrangement of Richard Wagner’s The Ring – An Orchestral Adventure.

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6th September 2012

Mark Wigglesworth and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth gives two concerts this weekend with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. They play the Violin Concerto by Brahms with Arabella Miho Steinbacher and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique‘. The performances take place in Tokyo and Niigata.

21st August 2012

Mark Wigglesworth and The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Mark Wigglesworth’s recording with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic of Shostakovich’s first three symphonies has now been released by BIS. This rare tripling of the composer’s early works shows the extraordinary direction Shostakovich might have taken had Stalin not got involved.

 

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27th June 2012

Mitridate in Munich

Mark Wigglesworth gives five performances of Mozart’s Mitridate, Rè di Ponto, with the Bayerische Staatsoper at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. The cast is led by Barry Banks, Anna Bonitatibus, Anja Nina Bahrmann, and Lawrence Zazzo.

23rd April 2012

Mark Wigglesworth and the Minnesota Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth conducts Ravel’s complete ballet Daphnis et Chloė with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale. For the first half of the concert he is joined by the orchestra’s Principal Oboist Basil Reeve for a performance of Michael Berkeley’s Oboe Concerto.

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20th March 2012

Mark Wigglesworth and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth’s latest CD release for Melba Recordings has received huge critical praise from the international press. The disc features Wigglesworth and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in an all-British programme of Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, Flos Campi and On Wenlock Edge together with Benjamin Britten Sinfonia da Requiem. Described by the US Classical Review as “in the luxury class”, the recording has received universal critical acclaim from around the world.

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16th February 2012

Mark Wigglesworth and the Bayerische Staatsoper

Mark Wigglesworth travels to Hong Kong with the Bavarian State Opera. Together they give four performances of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte as part of the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival.

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5th February 2012

Mark Wigglesworth and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

This week Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in the Vredenburg, Utrecht and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. A programme of music from the 1920s brings together Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No 7, orchestral excerpts from Alban Berg’s Wozzeck (with soprano Susan Gritton) and Maurice Ravel’s La Valse and Bolero.

12th December 2011

Mark Wigglesworth on Dutch Television

Films of Mark Wigglesworth conducting Boulez and Ravel are currently available online. To watch performances of Rituel and Daphnis et Chloé with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as well as documentaries about both pieces that Mark made for Dutch Television click here.

28th November 2011

Mark Wigglesworth in Monte-Carlo

On December 4th, Mark Wigglesworth conducts a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in Monte-Carlo’s Grimaldi Forum. He is joined by the soprano Malin Hartelius, the contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, the Rundfunkchor Berlin, and the Orchestre Philharmonique Monte-Carlo.

21st November 2011

Mark Wigglesworth in Stockholm

Mark Wigglesworth is in Sweden for concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. They play Schubert’s Symphony No 9 ‘The Great’ and are joined by contralto Anna Larsson for a performance of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.

8th November 2011

Mark Wigglesworth in Munich

Mark Wigglesworth is in Munich where he will make his debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper. He conducts Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte in a production by Dieter Dorn with a cast led by Miah Persson and Sir Thomas Allen.

21st October 2011

Mark Wigglesworth in Hong Kong

Mark Wigglesworth makes his debut in Hong Kong this week conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme begins with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and ends with the Overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. In between the two, Mark is joined by the cellist Paul Watkins for a performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto.

31st August 2011

Mark Wigglesworth in Australia

Mark Wigglesworth is currently in Australia for performances at the Sydney Opera House. For Opera Australia he conducts Mozart’s Don Giovanni and with the Sydney Symphony performs a programme including the final symphonies of Lutoslawski and Dvorak.

6th August 2011

Mark Wigglesworth at the BBC Proms

Mark Wigglesworth returns to the BBC Henry Wood Proms. Replacing an indisposed Jiří Bělohlávek, he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus, the BBC Singers, and Trinity Boys Choir for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Sinfonia da Requiem, and Spring Symphony. The concert opens with the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s orchestration of Purcell’s Chaconny in G Minor.

16th June 2011

Mark Wigglesworth’s Shaping the Invisible

Read Mark Wigglesworth’s regular column on The Gramophone Magazine website. In ‘Shaping the Invisible’, Mark writes about conducting and his fascination with the philosophies and psychologies that lie behind it.

Shaping the Invisible

26th May 2011

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Camerata Salzburg in San Sebastian

Mark Wigglesworth will return to the Camerata Salzburg for a concert on 1st June at the Kursaal in San Sebastian. The programme opens with Debussy’s Prélude a l’après midi d’un faune, arranged by Schoenberg, followed by Webern’s Six Pieces, Op.10. The second half of the concert will feature Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with soloists Petra Lang and Christian Elsner.

4th May 2011

Wigglesworth returns to the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra

On 19, 20 and 21 May, Wigglesworth will return to the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for three concerts with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. The concerts will begin with Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.3, and the second half will include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird.

4th March 2011

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s production of Parsifal at English National Opera – with Mark Wigglesworth conducting, Iain Paterson singing Amfortas and Jane Dutton as Kundry – has received international critical acclaim.

“I find it almost impossible to believe that Mark Wigglesworth has never conducted Parsifal before… it sounded as though he’d been soaked in the score all his life and thought of nothing else,” commented Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph. “The orchestra was inspired to playing of a smoothness and security which would not have disgraced the Berlin Phil. To ENO’s Wagnerian pantheon… the name of Mark Wigglesworth must now be added.”

In The Times, Richard Morrison wrote: “Mark Wigglesworth’s lovingly-crafted Wagner conducting is one of the revelations of recent years, and the ENO orchestra and thrillingly augmented chorus perform brilliantly.”

Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times said: “The accomplished British conductor Mark Wigglesworth… drew warm, plush and sensitive playing from the orchestra.”

24th February 2011

English National Opera

Mark Wigglesworth makes a keenly-anticipated return to English National Opera to conduct Wagner’s Parsifal in a revival of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s acclaimed production.

8th February 2011

Mark Wigglesworth makes a keenly-anticipated return to English National Opera to conduct Wagner’s Parsifal in a revival of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s acclaimed production.

Wigglesworth leads an impressive cast. Bass-baritone Iain Paterson stars as the fallen priest-king Amfortas and soprano Jane Dutton sings the role of Kundry. The production also features John Tomlinson (Gurnemanz) and Stuart Skelton (Parsifal).

The production opens on February 16 with eight performances running until March 12.

4th January 2011

Mark Wigglesworth performs Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus.

On 16 January, Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus in a programme of Beethoven Pastoral Symphony and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with mezzo soprano Petra Lang and tenor Stuart Skelton.

Throughout January and early February, Wigglesworth is otherwise busy in London in rehearsal for English National Opera’s production of Parsifal which opens on 16 February.

4th November 2010

Mark Wigglesworth returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

Mark Wigglesworth returned to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic on 3 and 4 November to conduct a programme of Wagner Prelude from Parsifal, Bartók Piano Concerto No.3 (with soloist Kirill Gerstein) and Mozart Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter’.

12th October 2010

Mark Wigglesworth concludes his Shostakovich cycle on the BIS label.

In October 2010, Mark Wigglesworth will record the final disc of his 12 year project to record all of the Shostakovich Symphonies for BIS. The majority of the recordings have been made with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and the cycle has been consistently praised as one of the most important Shostakovich cycles to be recorded in recent times.

“Wigglesworth’s long view of where the symphony is heading is a crucial component of this interpretation, but it also embraces a kaleidoscopic variety of character, be it the icy funeral march at the start of the finale, the passages of stirring brilliance in Shostakovich’s orchestral writing, or those moments where the composer seems to be retreating into his own contemplative thoughts. The emotional force is intense.” 
Symphony No.4, The Telegraph, five stars

3rd September 2010

Mark Wigglesworth returns to Australia for concerts with both the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras

With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra he conducts two programmes celebrating music written in 1910: the first of Sibelius Symphony No.4, Ravel Mother Goose Suite and Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite and the second of Bartok Two Portraits for Orchestra, Stravinsky Firebird Suite and Elgar Violin Concerto with James Ehnes.

Wigglesworth returns to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 and Shostakovich Symphony No.15.

12th August 2010

At Aspen & Grand Teton Music Festival

Mark Wigglesworth appeared at the Aspen Festival in August, conducting a programme of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Stephen Hough, and Sibelius Symphony No.2.  The performance was preceeded by two concerts at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole.

5th July 2010

Japan debut

Mark Wigglesworth made his Japanese debut in June, conducting the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Wagner, Prokofiev and Brahms.  He appeared at Suntory Hall on 18 June and at the Muza Kawasaki Hall on 20 June.