John Adams & Harrison Birtwistle


NB Change of Programme

Wed 1 May 2019 7.30pm - 9.10pm
Barbican Hall, London

STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments
JOHN ADAMS Harmonielehre

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

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Online: Friday 2 February 2018 10am
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Part of 2018/19 Season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Sir Simon Rattle conducts a study in harmony, with music from John Adams and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Inspired by a dream in which an oil tanker launches into space like a Saturn V rocket, John Adams’ Harmonielehre marries the rich and expressive harmonies of late Romanticism with the postmodernist developmental techniques of 20th-century minimalism.

Catch spectral glimpses of Sibelius, Debussy, Mahler and early Schoenberg as we journey through a fantastical sonic landscape, from the high-energy opening and the melancholic second movement through to the tidal wave of brass and percussion which brings the piece to its grand and uplifting final climax.

LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle pairs this large-scale work with Shadow of Night by British composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Change of Programme
This concert will now feature Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Shadow of Night, in place of the new work by the composer that was announced when listings were first published.

Pre-concert event

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
6pm Barbican Hall
Free entry