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Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 30th June 2016

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For the closing concert of the 15/16 season Sir Simon Rattle conducts a programme exploring the pivotal works of three composers who each innovated in vastly different ways: Ives, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Ives’ The Unanswered Question is an American classic that ruminates on the ‘perennial question of existence’. Ever the progressive, Ives’ work divides his ensemble into three independent groups each playing their own distinctive music. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 broke all concerto conventions when it was first performed, opening with a simple piano solo. Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 re-invigorated the genre; his insistence on looking back to classical models allowed him to stand out at a time when composers were becoming increasingly obsessed with modernity.

Programme

Ives The Unanswered Question

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4

Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

Performers

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Krystian Zimerman piano

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Leif Ove Andsnes at the Barbican – 8th May 2016

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LSO Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Harding leads the LSO in Bruckner’s Third Symphony, the work which marked a major artistic breakthrough for the Austrian composer.Bruckner dedicated his third symphony to fellow composer Wagner who was his great inspiration.

Acclaimed Norwegian pianist  Leif Ove Andsnes ‘came very late’ to Mozart’s piano concertos: ‘I somehow was not mature enough to enjoy this music fully … now it is the greatest joy to play.’ Mozart’s gift, unmatched by anyone since, was to make music of exquisite beauty and craftsmanship appear effortless; but so much lies underneath the trademark serene simplicity.

Programme

Mozart Piano Concerto No 20

Bruckner Symphony No 3

Performers

Daniel Harding conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes piano

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 29th May 2016

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A long-time collaborator with the LSO as a soloist, and lately as conductor, Nikolaj Znaider views the Beethoven Violin Concerto as the violin repertoire’s ‘bible’.

The only example of a concerto for an instrument other than piano, the piece reflects the lyrical side of Beethoven’s work; a serene, good-natured piece. Elgar’s Second Symphony is mellow yet inventive, with rather a mood of conflict, perhaps reflecting the mounting tensions that culminated in World War I three years later.

Programme 

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Elgar Symphony No 2

Performers

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

Nikolaj Znaider violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 17th April 2016

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The London Symphony Chorus celebrate its 50th anniversary with Haydn’s ‘nature’ oratorio The Seasons with a wonderful  cast of international singers and Sir Simon Rattle.

The Seasons is divided in to four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter charting a musical year with rousing choruses, wine tasting with dancing peasants, a loud thunderstorm, even the croaking of frogs.

In his old age Haydn achieved fame and fortune in London following visits here in the 1790s, he was encouraged to write The Seasons by the great success of his previous oratorio The Creation, which was performed all over Europe.

Programme 

Haydn The Seasons (sung in German)

Performers

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Monika Eder soprano

John Mark Ainsley tenor

Florian Boesch baritone

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey chorus director

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Sir Mark Elder presents Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at the Barbican – 24th April 2016

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Set to Cardinal Newman’s poem tracing a man’s journey from faithful life to redemptive death, Elgar’s music for his  choral piece is one of his most brilliant and inspiring works.

100 years after the LSO performed the work in the May 1916 Festival, Gerontius, conceived by Sir Henry Wood to entertain the people of London despite the chaos of Zeppelin attacks, the Orchestra returns to the work that so succinctly describes the feelings of loss and hope in the face of death that prevailed at the time: ‘Farewell, but not for ever!’

Programme

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

Performers

Sir Mark Elder conductor

Alice Coote mezzo-soprano

Allan Clayton tenor

Gerald Finley bass

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey chorus director

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Thomas Adès and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 16th March 2016

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In recent years composer-conductor Thomas Adès has become an unstoppable creative force. In this LSO composer focus series he conducts his own works alongside the music that influenced and informed his development as a composer.

Adès’ Asyla is a four movement symphonic tour-de-force that explores the dual meaning of its title; ‘Asyla’ can be taken to mean both ‘sanctuary’ and ‘madhouse’. Its infamous fourth movement ‘Ecstasio’ evokes the primal, drug influenced atmosphere of a nightclub with its lucid orchestral textures and repetitive structures inspired by techno.

Asyla is presented alongside two works Adès has cited as being essential to its creation. Echoes of the glistening, crystalline textures of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto can be heard throughout Asyla and much of Adès’ output. The haunting slow movement of Franck’s lyrical Symphony in D minor provides a skeletal model around which the second movement of Asyla is formed.

Programme 

Thomas Adès Asyla

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Franck Symphony in D minor

Performers

Thomas Adès conductor

Christian Tetzlaff violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 20th March 2016

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Schumann’s music suggests the struggle between good and evil at the heart of Goethe’s work, as well as Faust’s tumultuous search for enlightenment and peace.

From the work’s dark and tense overture to its elegant and tranquil conclusion, Schumann’s oratorio opens a world combining horror opera, German song and church music. Described as Schumann’s magnum opus, the work is so huge that he never saw all three parts performed in the same concert.

Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by the exceptional baritone Christian Gerhaher in the title role, drawing on his expertise as a profound lieder performer.

Programme 

Schumann Scenes from Goethe’s ‘Faust’

Performers

Daniel Harding conductor

Christian Gerhaher Faust

Christiane Karg Gretchen

Alastair Miles Mephistopheles

Andrew Staples Ariel

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey chorus director

London Symphony Orchestra

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

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Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 28th February 2016

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Gianandrea Noseda is back for the final concert of a series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and exploring music inspired by his writing.

Janine Jansen, an energetic and authoritative violinist with an enviable international reputation, performs Shostakovich’s heroic Violin Concerto No 2, the last concerto he ever composed and one of his most moving works. Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet was his greatest and most daring symphony, performed here in a special suite arranged by the conductor himself.

Programme

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 2

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet – Suite

Performers

Gianandrea Noseda conductor

Janine Jansen violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 16th February 2016

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner will lead the LSO and his Monteverdi Choir in the first of a trio of concerts marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and exploring some of the greatest music inspired by his writing.

The evening begins  with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, composed in 1824 when Mendelssohn was just 15 years old. Two years later, Mendelssohn, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and, many years later, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production in 1843.

Programme

Mendelssohn Symphony No 1 (London version)

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Performers

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Monteverdi Choir

Actors from the Guildhall School

London Symphony Orchestra

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A Short Guide to the Barbican

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The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and is considered one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture.

Although it is known for its ‘modern’ appearance, the Barbican site has a long and fascinating history. The word Barbican refers to a fortified outpost or gateway and London’s first Barbican was built by the Romans for protection before it was incorporated in the large London wall built by the Roman’s in AD 200. Over the following centuries it became part of the Cripplegate area of the City of London. After surviving fire and plague it was the power of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War that destroyed the area.

After the war, plans were developed from designs by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon for this particular area of London. There were concerns about the dwindling population in the City of London and it became considered increasingly important that a residential area to be created on the site.

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The 40 acre Barbican Estate developed with residential blocks set on a raised podium and constructed between 1969 and 1976. The Arts Centre was built between 1971 and 1982, consisting of two theatres, a concert hall, a library, an art gallery, three cinemas, a conservatory, offices, restaurant, shops and foyers.

When the Queen opened the Barbican complex in 1982 she pronounced it “one of the wonders of the modern world”. Although few agreed with that particular view, it does represent a unique urban landscape in the City of London.

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Over the last few decades the Barbican Arts centre has developed into a world-class arts and cultural centre which is Europe’s largest arts centre all under one roof. The Barbican is the  base for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and has close ties with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  The Centre hosts mainly classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions but also offers a wide range of activities and festivals.

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The Barbican is located in the heart of the City of London and is accessible by rail, road and underground.

Tube

Within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate.

Rail

The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon.

Bus

Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street.

Walk

You can walk to the Barbican within 30 minutes from all over central London.

For more information, visit the Barbican website here

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