Thomas Adès 50th Birthday Concert

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Sun 7 Mar 2021 7.00pm - 8.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

Kurtág Ligatura – Message to Frances-Marie (The Answered Unanswered Question)
Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela from ‘Lemminkäinen Suite’
Sibelius The Tempest – Suite No 2
Interval
Adès Totentanz

Thomas Adès conductor
Christine Pendrill cor anglais
Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano
Simon Keenlyside baritone

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Part of the 2020/21 season

Part of Thomas Adès at 50 at the Barbican

 Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

In the week that he turns 50, Thomas Adès conducts his epic Totentanz – a colossal celebration of life, death and the power of the imagination.

‘Good folk, come, rich or poor, this way / Come young and old, to see the play …’ Thomas Adès has been called the natural successor to Britten, and his dark, daring Totentanz tells a tale as old as time. But with Adès, nothing is ever predictable, and this 50th birthday concert contains more than one masterpiece.

Adès himself conducts, and has chosen the other pieces for this celebration. Sibelius’ brooding, elemental tone-pictures and Kurtág’s concentrated intimacy each shine a light on the roots of Adès’ inspiration. And then, two handpicked soloists – Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn – join Adès and the LSO for what will surely be a near-definitive performance of a true 21st-century classic; a work that’s been described as Adès’ ‘most astounding orchestral composition yet’.