Thu 11 Feb 2021 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Bartók Violin Concerto No 1
Janáček Taras Bulba
Interval
Chausson Poème for violin and orchestra
Debussy La mer

Duncan Ward conductor
Isabelle Faust violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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Part of the 2020/21 season 

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Debussy’s La Mer closes a concert that pulses with feeling – whether Janáček’s explosive Taras Bulba, or Bartók’s hot-blooded love-letter of a First Violin Concerto, played by Isabelle Faust.

‘I have slandered the sea,’ said Debussy, after finishing La Mer, but posterity has disagreed, and Debussy’s controlled energy and ravishing colours surge through Bartók’s ardent youthful violin concerto, and Janáček’s thrillingly savage Taras Bulba.

Isabelle Faust is the soloist in the Bartók, and she’s also one of the supreme living interpreters of the lovely Poème by Debussy’s great friend and inspiration Ernest Chausson. It’ll make for an exquisite interlude between Taras Bulba – music that’s red in tooth and claw – and the rolling, rapturous seascape of La Mer; inspired by the art of Hokusai, but written, at least in part, at Eastbourne. LSO favourite Duncan Ward conducts.

Pre-concert performance

6pm Barbican
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Free pre-concert recital