SCHOENBERG, STRAVINSKY, MILHAUD et al Genesis Suite
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Gerard McBurney creative director
Mike Tutaj projection design
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conducts two works from the 1940s, including a rarely-heard collaboration between some of the biggest composers of the day.
Accompanied by specially-created visual projections, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Genesis Suite, a single work of seven movements, each by a different composer, and each telling a different story from the book of Genesis. Each artist has a unique style, but what unites them is that they were all displaced from their homelands by persecution and war.
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra can also be heard as an expression of his own emigré experience. Displaced to America, lacking contacts, and with money short, he was given the opportunity to write for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. True to its title, he lets every section shine in this joyful celebration of orchestral music, and perhaps the new-found political freedom he held in his new home.
Part of the 2017/18 season and Barbican Presents
Produced by LSO and Barbican