WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from 'Tristan and Isolde'
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No 2
HAYDN An imaginary orchestral journey – featuring excerpts from Symphonies Nos 6, 45, 46, 60, 64, 90 and 101; 'The Creation', 'The Seasons', 'The Desert Island' and 'The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross'
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano
London Symphony Orchestra
To close the 2016/17 season, Music Director Designate Sir Simon Rattle brings the work of a composer who has always been close to his heart: Haydn.
To begin, the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s ground-breaking opera, Tristan and Isolde, leads to Bartók’s notorious technically demanding concerto, all racing scales, fistfuls of notes and frantically quick tempos.
Rattle himself calls the final part of the programme 'an eccentric journey through Haydn'. 'I thought how wonderful it would be if all the most outlandish and particularly the most forward-looking pieces of his were all put together like a kind of 'greatest hits',' he says. 'The idea is to make a musical journey through all that is quirky and extraordinary, humorous and profound in Haydn. Hopefully this pasticcio will give a picture of the composer who most summed up all the ideals of the Enlightenment, of intelligence, respect, humour, wit and profound thought.'
Change of Soloist
Due to continued physical therapy required on his left arm, Lang Lang has been forced to cancel his concerts until the end of the summer, and will be withdrawing from this LSO performance. He apologises for any disappointment, and looks forward to being back making music soon. The LSO is very grateful to Denis Kozhukhin for stepping in as the soloist in Bartók’s Piano Concerto No 2 for these concerts.
Posted 10am Tuesday 13 June 2017
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Part of the 2016/17 season
Supported by LSO Music Director Donors
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3