JOHN ADAMS Harmonielehre
RACHMANINOV Symphony No 2
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: for more information and tickets please visit the Edinburgh International Festival website.
Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is often held up as the pinnacle of romantic music, the aching beauty of its melodies matched only by its brooding, surging emotions – all building to its triumphant, all-conquering conclusion.
Beforehand, the propulsive rhythms of minimalism collide with the extravagant opulence of Wagner and Mahler in John Adams’s brilliantly powerful Harmonielehre, a love song to the late Romantic full of surreal imagery, sensual ecstasy and explosive energy.