Concerto for Orchestra


Michael Tilson Thomas & Julia Fischer

Thu 30 May 2019 7.30pm - 9.50pm
Barbican Hall, London

CAGE The Seasons
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Julia Fischer violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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Celebrations of sound, nature and the seasons fill this programme, led by LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas.

The cycle of the year, inspired by the composer’s immersion into Indian philosophy, is the backdrop to John Cage’s The Seasons, with each moment, from the austerity of winter to the stirring of spring, conjured up through vivid orchestral colours.

The warmth and radiance of the solo instrument takes centre stage in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, played by soloist Julia Fischer, culminating in the spirited, dancing finale. However, in the Concerto for Orchestra, Bartók lets every instrument and section shine, resulting in a joyful celebration of music and the collection of individuals that makes up the orchestra.

Pre-concert event

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
6pm Barbican Hall
Free entry

Beethoven Piano Sonata in A-flat major Op 110
Liszt Sonetto 47 del Petrarca from Années de pèlerinage II: Italie
Liszt Rhapsodie espagnole

David Soo piano


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Sunday 2 June 2019

IVES A Symphony: New England Holidays
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano
Samuel West narrator
Felix Mildenberger conductor*
London Symphony Chorus*
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

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