Boulanger, Prokofiev, Dvořák & Debussy


NB: Change of programme

Sun 10 Oct 2021 7.00pm - 8.55pm
Barbican Hall, London

Lili Boulanger D’un matin de printemps
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2
The Wild Dove
Debussy La mer

Daniel Harding conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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

Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Harding bring together a kaleidoscopic musical travelogue, across Europe and the ocean beyond.

There’s a reason why Nicola Benedetti is one of Britain’s best-loved violinists. She’s a supreme communicator; one of those artists who seem to establish a direct connection to her listeners’ emotions. Expect playing of rare intensity and commitment as she tackles Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto – a piece which was the product of the composer's ‘nomadic concert-tour existence’, with tinges of Spain as well as his homeland of Russia in its fluid, lyrical melodies.

That’s the heart of this typically imaginative programme, all about storytelling and atmosphere. Lili Boulanger evokes the tingling vitality of a spring morning, while Dvořák retells a sinister fairytale from the Bohemian countryside, in music brimming with fantasy, melody and glowing orchestral colours. The evening ends as we submerge ourselves in the waves of Debussy’s La mer, and its daring impressionistic harmonies and colourful undercurrents.

Change of programme
Nicola Benedetti is no longer able to perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 due to a repetitive strain, but will instead perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2. Further to this change, Debussy’s La mer has been added to the programme and there will also now be an interval in the concert.
Posted 4.35pm 1 October 2021

Concert supported by LSO Patrons

Your Visit

Following the relaxation of Government restrictions, standard seating is now being used for this concert in the stalls, circle and front of the balcony, with a smaller number distanced seats available at the rear of 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 at the rear of 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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