Haydn's Nelson Mass


with François-Xavier Roth

Sun 11 Nov 2018 7.00pm - 8.50pm
Barbican Hall, London

LIGETI Lontano
BARTÓK Cantata profana
HAYDN Nelson Mass

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Camilla Tilling soprano
Adèle Charvet mezzo-soprano
Julien Behr tenor
Matthew Rose bass
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

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François-Xavier Roth unites three atmospheric masterpieces by composers at the forefront of modern music in their time – Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti.

These are three composers who translated their surroundings into music in ways never heard before, each bringing a new take to the European tradition.

Ligeti’s Lontano conjures images of ‘long submerged dream worlds of childhood’, with its thundering bass and nails-down-a-chalkboard strings, and has featured in films The Shining and Shutter Island.

Travelling back in time, we reach Bartók’s Cantata profana, a choral work with rich walls of sound and driving rhythms – a secular take on the religious form, and a reflection on the Great Depression – before arriving at Haydn’s Nelson Mass. In the wake of Napoleon’s advance on Austria, this was a ‘Mass for Troubled Times’, which revived the traditional form as a symphonic choral masterpiece.