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London Symphony Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner: Mendelssohn at the Barbican-16th and 20th October 2016

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the LSO, accompanied by the Monteverdi Choir, for a programme dedicated to two of the most monumental pieces of Felix Mendelssohn’s later career.

Premiered two years before the composer’s death in 1847, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the great masterpieces of the violin repertoire, and his last large orchestral work. From the hauntingly beautiful opening motif, to scurrying arpeggios and fluttering tremolo, the concerto is a true display of the violinist’s versatility.

Coupled with this is the composer’s symphony-cantata for orchestra and chorus, Lobgesang or ‘Hymn of Praise’ (1840). With its stately grandeur and religiosity, and its sheer magnitude – double the length of any of his other symphonies – it stands as another of his most impressive works.

Programme

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mendelossohn Symphony No 2 (‘Lobgesang’)

Performers

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Alina Ibragimova violin

Lucy Crowe soprano

Jurgita Adamontyé soprano

Michael Spyres tenor

Monteverdi Choir

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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