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London Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 season at the Barbican

The London Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Sir Simon Rattle open their 2018/19 season at the Barbican with a programme affirming a continuing commitment to British music new and old on 16 Sep 2018 in the Barbican Hall. The concert features a world premiere by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, a defining figure in British music since the 1950s, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 1995 work Dispelling the Fears, Holst’s masterpiece Egdon Heath, and Britten’s Spring Symphony. It is the first concert in an ambitious 51-concert season which runs to the end of Jun 2019 and explores in a broad defining concept the roots, origins and the future of music.

Simon Rattle conducts 16 concerts which explore the impact that different cultural traditions have had on music, from Eastern European folk music, through the British folk traditions in Grainger and Vaughan Williams, and on to the extraordinary impact of jazz. Gianandrea Noseda explores Russian identity in music, whilst continuing his cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies, and conducts a Strauss programme featuring the soprano Diana Damrau in the final act of his last opera Capriccio.

François-Xavier Roth looks at the extraordinary spread of music traditions from Europe at the turn of the 20th Century, and in one concert, three composers from the central European tradition who were each in the vanguard of modern music in their time, Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti. Roth also heads up the third edition of LSO Futures, the Orchestra’s new music festival which is centred around the young composers taking part in the LSO’s new music development programmes, and also features David Lang’s Public Domain, written for 1000 community voices and performed in the Barbican foyers.

Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir Mark Elder each explore American identity with music by the maverick Charles Ives, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner continues his Schumann retrospective with his completely fresh take on Romanticism. Verdi and Puccini are brought together with Ponchielli when Sir Antonio Pappano conducts non-operatic works by these three operatic giants and Barbara Hannigan is conductor and soprano in a programme featuring Berg’s Lulu Suite and music from Gershwin’s musical Girl Crazy alongside works by Haydn and Ligeti. Hannigan is also the soloist in Hans Abrahamsen’s Let me tell you, which is conducted by Simon Rattle in Jan 2019.

The 15th Donatella Flick Conducting Competition will take place in Nov 2018 when conductors aged 30 and under compete for a cash prize and the position of Assistant Conductor with the LSO. The Competition’s final round, featuring violinist Vadim Repim, will be live-streamed from the Barbican for the first time on Medici.tv and YouTube. Bernard Haitink celebrates his 90th birthday conducting the LSO in Mahler and Bruckner in Dec 2018 and the LSO’s concerts marking the Leonard Bernstein Centenary come to a close in Dec, when Marin Alsop conducts two performances of Bernstein’s Candide, on the same stage where Bernstein himself conducted the work in 1989 with the LSO. The LSO’s Half Six Fix series which presents short, early-evening concerts will continue with four concerts this season, and there is a wealth of activity at LSO St Luke’s, the Orchestra’s music education and community centre.

The season ends in Jun 2019, with the return of the artistic partnership of Simon Rattle and the director Peter Sellars with two staged performances of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen.

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The Barbican 2018/19 Classical Music Season

The Barbican has announced its ambitious 2018/19 classical music season featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Barbican Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia alongside the Barbican’s own-curated concert series, Barbican Presents.  The Australian Chamber Orchestra returns as the Barbican’s newly appointed International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court.

Highlights include:

Pioneering collaborations and special projects

Director Peter Sellars returns with two contrasting staged productions, a performance of Lassus’s a cappella Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro featuring the Los Angeles Masterchorale with conductor Grant Gershon; and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and featuring Gerald Finley, Lucy Crowe, Willard White, Sophie Burgos and Peter Hoare

To open their season the BBC SO join forces with Professor Brian Cox and conductor Ben Gernon to take a fresh musical and visual look at The Planets, 100 years since the landmark work received its premiere

A semi-staged performance of Purcell‘s Dido & Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music, concludes a three-year Purcell opera cycle, co-presented with the Barbican

Sound Unbound returns in May 2019 in what will be the third iteration of the Barbican Classical Weekender.

Marin Alsop conducts the LSO in two performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, on the same stage where Bernstein himself conducted the orchestra in this work in 1989.

In the year that marks 100 years since the successful Parliamentary appeal for universal suffrage, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, commemorating a composer who was herself a key member of the women’s suffrage movement.

Other Worlds – the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir with conductor Robert Ames present the UK premiere of Giacinto Scelsi’s Uaxuctum ; alongside a performance of John Luther Adam’s apocalyptic piece Become Ocean,.

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men – a new multimedia work by the Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer, combining film – with narration by Tilda Swinton – and music, with the score performed live by the LSO and conductor Daníel Bjarnason

Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Second Violinist – the Barbican presents the UK premiere of this modern opera telling the foreboding story of a life falling apart. Produced by Landmark Productions and National Irish Opera

Darbar Festival – the iconic festival of Indian classical music comes to the Barbican for the first time in Oct 2018.

Premieres and new commissions

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Fanfare (world premiere) co-commissioned by the Barbican and the LSO for Sir Simon Rattle to open the LSO season and a new work (world premiere), a Barbican and LSO co-commission to be performed in May 2019

UK premiere of Alain Altinoglu’s arrangement of a suite from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, performed by the BBC SO and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

Die Stadt ohne Juden/The City Without Jews  (1924): A Dystopian Prophecy of Intolerance – a live screening of the restored silent film directed by H K Breslauer with a new score by Olga Neuwirth  (UK premiere), co-commissioned by the Barbican

Roderick Williams, Milton Court Artist-in-Residence – programmes for the baritone’s residency will include the world premiere of a new song cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth as well as the UK premieres of a new work by Williams himself and by composer Bob Chilcott performed by the BBC Singers

Sunleif Rasmussen: Quadroforone  (world premiere, commissioned by the Barbican) and a new work by Anahita Abbasi (UK premiere), both performed by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

BBC SO present world premieres by Richard Causton, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins and Paweł Szymański, and a number of UK premieres by Thomas Larcher

The LSO gives world premiere performances of works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, James MacMillan, and two young composers who have been part of the Orchestra’s new music development programmes, Liam Mattison and Donghoon Shin.

For the Fallen: Marking the First World War Centenary

100 years since the guns fell silent, For the Fallen looks to a future haunted and shaped by the past, with a series of concerts by living composers that bridge the century between that moment and now.

4 Nov 2018  – The LSO gives the world premiere of James MacMillan’s All the Hills and Vales Along, setting poetry by WWI poet Charles Sorley who was killed in action in 1915

9 Nov 2018 – Britten Sinfonia gives the world premiere of a new orchestral version of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter, settings of last letters to loved ones sent by soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

10 Nov  2018 – The BBC SO’s Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War 1 will feature talks and music inspired by the First World War, culminating in a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera The Silver Tassie based on a play by Seán O’Casey

11 Nov 2018 – The BBC Singers and their new Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin perform two new contemplative works: a Barbican and RIAS Kammerchor co-commission for Roderick Williams; and, to coincide with the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death, Bob Chilcott’s setting Move him into the sun.

Composer and Artist Focuses

 The BBC SO presents Total Immersion days dedicated to exploring the musical life and works of composers György Ligeti (2 Mar) and the Boulanger sisters – Lili and Nadia (6 Apr)

Diana Damrau sings Strauss – in recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch; in the Four Last Songs with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and in the closing scene of Capriccio with the LSO under Gianandrea Noseda

Daniil Trifonov features in an LSO Artist Portrait performing with the Orchestra and in recital

Visiting orchestras and ensembles

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Ádám Fischer

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mariss Jansons

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano 

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Il Pomo d’Oro with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev

Collegium Vocale Gent with conductor Philippe Herreweghe

Les Arts Florissants with conductor William Christie

Le Concert Spirituel with conductor Hervé Niquet

The 2018/19 classical music season opens in September 2018. Booking will open to the general public on 2 February 2018.

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François-Xavier Roth and London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 30th March 2017

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François-Xavier Roth returns to conduct the second set of concerts in his series After Romanticism, an exploration of this significant period in music history. He focuses on the music of Debussy and Bartók, two composers who radicalized the musical language of their predecessors to produce a brilliant and inventive style of their own.

Debussy’s Jeux was written for the Ballets Russes and the music itself overflows with rhythmic inventiveness. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No 3 was his last work, a virtuosic tour-de-force. Simon Trpčeski’s energetic performances have dazzled audiences the world over,the concert concludes with Mahler’s  First Symphony.

Programme   

Debussy Jeux

Bartok Piano Concerto No 3

Mahler Symphony No 1 (‘Titan’)

Performers

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Simon Trpčeski piano

London Symphony Orchestra

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Valery Gergiev and London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 12th March 2017

 

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Janine Jansen continues her LSO Artist Portrait with Brahms, teaming up with conductor Valery Gergiev.

 For violinists, Brahms’ Concerto is one of the peaks of all music written for the instrument, combining orchestral drama, lyricism and infectious folk-dance rhythms. Valery Gergiev follows it up with another iconic work, Richard Strauss’ tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra.

Janine Jansen has been performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto for over 20 years and recently released an acclaimed recording.

Programme   

 Brahms Violin Concerto

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

Performers

Valery Gergiev conductor

Janine Jansen violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 19th January 2017

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Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO give the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Remembering before Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, disturbing in its nihilistic despair yet attaining a true and monumental grandeur.

The orchestral forces used are formidable: eight horns, six trumpets, four trombones, two harps and celesta and strings to match. Yet while it was written at one of the happiest times in Mahler’s life, march-rhythms haunt the symphony. And in the final movement, the extensive percussion section is augmented by a huge hammer for three blows of fate, leading to perhaps the bleakest ending in all music.

Programme   

Mark-Anthony Turnage Remembering ‘In Memoriam Evan Scofield’ (world premiere, LSO co-commission)

Mahler Symphony No 6

Performers

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

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John Adams and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 4th December 2016

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John Adams conducts his acclaimed opera-oratorio El Niño, a contemporary re-imagining of the traditional nativity story told from different perspectives.

John Adams is known for bringing together the old and the new to create works that combine  contemporary musical and traditional narratives.

El Niño explores the issues surrounding the traditional nativity story paying particular attention to the character of Mary and the journey of motherhood. The libretto, compiled by Adams himself, draws on a variety of sources from pre-Christian prophets to twentieth century Hispanic female writers.

Programme

John Adams El Niño

Performers

John Adams conductor

Joelle Harvey soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano mezzo-soprano

Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley counter-tenors

Davone Tines bass

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey chorus director

London Symphony Orchestra

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Valery Gergiev and London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 30th November 2016

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Acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev conducts a concert featuring works by two of Russia’s most famous composers, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture is one of  the most iconic love theme of all time, its mixture  of love and foreboding, expresses the tragedy of the star-crossed lovers. The Piano Concerto No 1 is equally dramatic from its introductory fanfare to the triumphant finale, Barry Douglas is the soloist.

Prokofiev wrote his Sixth Symphony as a response to the tragedies of World War II and a dark, reflective thought-provoking work  characterised by a sombre tone which occasionally gives way to nostalgia and nobility. The piece is a testament to the human cost of war and conflict.

Programme   

Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1

Prokofiev Symphony No 6

Performers

Valery Gergiev conductor

Barry Douglas piano

London Symphony Orchestra

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Pablo Heras-Casado and London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 10th November 2016

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Acclaimed conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado leads the London Symphony Orchestra into a programme of light and dark.

Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin was composed during the First World War in which the composer served. The piece is an homage to his fallen friends and  18th century Baroque composer François Couperin

Dvorák’s Symphony No 8 provides the light with one of the composer’s most popular symphonies which introduces influences from the his Slavic heritage with a reinterpretation of Czech traditions and folk music in the classical form.

Programme

Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin

Schumann Violin Concerto

Dvorák Symphony No 8

Performers

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor

Renaud Capuçon violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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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

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Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 9th June 2016

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The LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor’s second concert this month contrasts an achingly poignant concerto with a pastoral folk-tinged symphony.

Returning to the LSO for the first time in 10 years, Lisa Batiashvili performs Bartók’s First Violin Concerto. Written for the composer’s true love violinist Stefi Geyer , the piece was  held back from performance for fifty years and  it remains a bitter-sweet masterpiece straight from the heart. Dvorak was a proud countryman, often drawing on the folk and dance tunes of his native Bohemia. His Eighth Symphony is perhaps the most joyous example of this, moving from the idyllic to the rustic.

Programme

Dvořák Overture: Othello

Bartók Violin Concerto No 1

Dvořák Symphony No 8

Performers

Daniel Harding conductor

Lisa Batiashvili violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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