TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 4
Introduced on stage by the conductor
Gianandrea Noseda conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Part of the 2017/18 season
Gianandrea Noseda devotes this short concert to a single work of concentrated emotional intensity: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
1877 was an important and turbulent year for Tchaikovsky. He had attempted suicide. He had freed himself from a marriage that was doomed from the start, while retiring from a frustrating position at the Moscow Conservatory. He had acquired a regular income from his patron, and this finally freed him up to travel through Europe in search of the respite needed to restore his fractured psyche.
It was this period of personal crisis that brought about the Fourth Symphony, which commits itself not to one single mood, but to a detailed traversal of the extreme emotional terrain – both highs and lows – of this troubled but brilliant musical mind.
At this concert will be offering a new experience – information and insight about the music delivered in real time to your smartphone. EnCue is a mobile app that enhances audience engagement during live performing arts events. The app delivers media to viewers in real time, creating a unique opportunity for viewers to receive helpful information at the exact moment you need it during live events.
Here's how to get involved:
Before the concert day
On the concert day
1. Make sure your phone is fully charged before leaving for the Barbican
2. Connect to our dedicated WiFi network 'LSO Half Six Fix'
3. Set your phone to silent. We also recommend turning off auto screen lock and disabling push notifications
4. Open the EnCue app
5. You can sign in with Facebook or your email if you want to create an account. This lets you save slides to view later, or share them to Facebook. If you’d rather not create an account, select 'Skip'
6. Select London from the list of available cities
7. Tap 'Download Performance' then 'View Performance'. The notes will start automatically and will advance automatically during the performance – you can swipe left or right to browse content on your own, and re-sync with the performance at any time by tapping the EnCue icon in the lower left portion of the screen. You will know you are in sync when the icon is completely blue.
There is a user guide contained in the app which can be accessed by tapping the (?) icon in the top right of the screen.
Read FAQs about EnCue.
Apple users: if you are using the latest iOS11 on iPhone, there are some known bugs within the operating system for which Apple are still releasing updates. The app crashes if the screen is touched. We recommend allowing the notes to advance by themselves! If the app does crash it can be restarted and the notes should automatically start at the correct point in the music.
These concerts start at 6.30pm and last for one hour, without an interval, featuring a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage.
To bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat.