As the RSNO's music director Stéphane Denève enters his final two seasons, the orchestra has unveiled its plans for the 2010-11 concerts.
Neeme Järvi and Walter Weller return to conduct their old orchestra, and other maestros appearing include Paul Daniel, Kristjan Järvi, Thomas Søndergard, Roberto Abbado, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Peter Oundijian and newcomers Christian Vásquez and Gilbert Varga. Other soloists include violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leila Josefowicz and Nicola Benedetti, cellist Sol Gabetta and mezzo Kelly O'Connor. Pianists include Marc André Hamelin, Paul Lewis, John Lill, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, and Nicholas Angelich, Dejan Lazic, Alice Sara Ott and Gabriela Montero.
The highlight of the programming, though, is "Ten out of 10" – ten works from the first decade of the 21st century which the RSNO believes "will stand the test of time". They will all be performed over the season in the orchestra's various concert venues. They are:
James MacMillan: Three Interludes from "The Sacrifice" (September 23, 24 & 25)
Guillaume Connesson: Aleph (September 30, October 1 & 2)
Kaija Saariaho: Orion (November 5 & 6)
Helen Grime: Virga (November 12 & 13)
Magnus Lindberg: Graffiti (November 19 & 20)
Oliver Knussen: Violin Concerto (with Leila Josefowicz – January 28 & 29)
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Insomnia (March 17 & 18)
Christopher Rouse: Rapture (April 14, 15 & 16)
Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs (with Kelly O'Connor – April 28, 29 & 30)
John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls (May 5 & 7)
Eight of the ten works will be conducted by Denève, and full details of the initiative can be found on a special RSNO Ten out of 10 website, complete with audio clips and an interview with Denève about the Ten out of 10 project.