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Andriessen: M is for Man, Music and Mystery at the Barbican – 9th to 13th February 2016


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Bach, Stravinsky, Mondrian, Dante… Louis Andriessen draws his inspiration from every corner of Western culture, and wrestles it into one of the most distinctive and inventive voices in contemporary art.

This season, the Barbican will celebrate six decades of music making at the edge: with full performances of his La Commedia (UK premiere) and La Passione, homages to personal heroes from Stravinsky to Steve Reich, and a Total Immersion day culminating in the UK premiere of Rosa’s Horses – cowboy music with a surreal twist from a composer who acknowledges no frontiers but his own.

Louis Andriessen: La Passione

9 February 2016

The programme that includes Andriessen’s song cycle, La Passione, written in 2002 for featured soloists and close collaborators mezzo-soprano Cristina Zavalloni and violinist Monica Germino.


Martland Tiger Dancing

Steve Reich The Desert Music

Louis Andriessen La Passione


Britten Sinfonia

Clark Rundell conductor

Cristina Zavalloni mezzo soprano

Frederieke Saeijs violin

Britten Sinfonia Voices

Eamonn Dougan Britten Sinfonia Voices director

Louis Andriessen: La Commedia

12 Feb 16

Hell, Heaven, and a whole teeming world in between: Dante’s Divine Comedy was the inspiration for Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia, but Andriessen crams every scene of this opera with invention, anarchy and raw creative energy.


Louis Andriessen La Commedia (UK Premiere)


BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins conductor

Claron McFadden soprano

Cristina Zavalloni female voice

Andrew Sauvageau male voice

Synergy vocals

Total Immersion: The Music of Louis Andriessen

13 Feb 16

Tonight’s concert begins with the third part of Andriessen’s absorbing opera De materie (1984-5) which explores the idea of the straight line, Mondrian and boogie-woogie piano via a geometric dance. Clark Rundell conducts his own suite from the surreal Spaghetti Western opera ROSA, Death of a Composer (1994). The evening culminates in the UK premiere of his major new orchestral piece, Mysterien, inspired by the writings on Thomas à Kemplis.


Louis Andriessen De Stijl (De Materie, Part III)

Louis Andriessen arr Clark Rundell Rosa’s Horses (UK Premiere)

Louis Andriessen Mysterien (UK Premiere)


BBC Symphony Orchestra

Clark Rundell conductor

Synergy Vocals

Fanny Alofs speaker

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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