Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit


Martinů & Shostakovich

Wed 6 Oct 2021 7.00pm - 8.10pm
Barbican Hall, London

Martinů Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphony No 1

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra

NB no interval

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

In the first concert of his Artist Portrait, viola player extraordinaire Antoine Tamestit champions Martinů’s rarely-heard Rhapsody-Concerto – and Sir Simon Rattle conducts Shostakovich.

Antoine Tamestit is the kind of viola player that comes along once in a generation. Critics love him: ‘he possesses a flawless technique and combines effortless musicality with an easy communicative power’ writes Bachtrack. He’s got a tone to die for, too, and here at the LSO we’re excited to make music with him as the latest, endlessly inspiring, collaborator in our Artist Portrait series.

True to form, his first concert breaks the mould. The music of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů is still a relative rarity in the UK, but when you hear Tamestit play Martinů’s ravishing, late Rhapsody-Concerto, you’ll wonder why. Sir Simon Rattle’s certainly a fan, and he’s chosen the perfect complement to Martinů’s luminous lyricism: the brilliant, sardonic First Symphony by the teenage Shostakovich. It’s as bracing now as it was in 1926.

Your Visit

Following the relaxation of Government restrictions, standard seating is now being used for this concert in the stalls and circle, with distanced seats available in the balcony. We encourage audience members to bring and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.

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Distanced Seating

Audience members who would prefer to sit in a socially distanced environment can choose to book seats in the Balcony for this concert, as part of a trial period for LSO concerts during October.

Available seats will be spaced 1 metre apart, and are indicated by an information flag when making your selection during the booking process. Those booking two or more adjacent seats are welcome to move together to sit as one group on the evening of the concert. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face covering unless exempt.

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Concert Programme

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Programme update
Please note that in a change to earlier listings this concert will now run through without an interval.