This month, Domingo Hindoyan leads a three-city tour with England's Philharmonia Orchestra, with contrasting programmes highlighting spectacular works of the 20th and 21st century repertoire. On January 13 they present a concert at Bedford's Corn Exchange, with violinist Min Lee as soloist on the Barber Violin Concerto. Other pieces featured on the event include Wagner's epic Overture to Der Fliegende Holländer and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. They travel to Canterbury on January 14 for a performance at the Marlowe Theatre. They again present the Wagner and Beethoven pieces, in addition to the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Michael Barenboim. The tour is completed with a final performance on January 17 at Leicester's De Montfort Hall, reprising the same programme.
Mr. Hindoyan has previously led the Philharmonia to great acclaim, in concert also featuring selections by Beethoven and Wagner:
"Making a second return to the Philharmonia in this Cheltenham concert, Hindoyan betrayed both an operatic concern for melodic line and his original training as a violinist in Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Here he could indulge the Philharmonia’s celebrated string sound, while allowing the baroque dances that form the basis of the suite to pave the way for Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and what Wagner perceived as its dancing quality.
Conducting the symphony without a score and with something of the determined focus of his Berlin mentor, Hindoyan carved out a trajectory as deliberate and serious as possible without compromising that dance-like nature. Played with barely a break between movements for regaining breath, time was nevertheless found to hover over details in the symphony’s central Allegretto, while reserving the real fire for the final Allegro con Brio." (The Guardian)