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Sir Simon Rattle conducts Christian Tetzlaff and the London Symphony Orchestra

September 14 2017 at the Barbican Hall, London Sir Simon Rattle’s first concert as Music Director of the LSO Sir Simon RATTLE / conductor Christian TETZLAFF/ violin Program: Helene GRIME Fanfare (commissioned by the LSO) ADES Asyla BIRTWISTLE Concerto for violin KNUSSEN Symphony No3 ELGAR Enigma Variations No3 Famed for the profound sincerity of his playing, his technical assurance and his convincing interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists on today’s musical stage. For this opening concert of the 2017-2018 season, entirely devoted to 20th century British composers, he will...

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner and Messiaen with Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Sir Simon RATTLE / conductor Pierre-Laurent AIMARD / piano Program: MESSIAEN / Colors of the Celestial City BRUCKNER / Symphony n°8 Sir Simon Rattle, announced as Musical Director of the LSO on March 4 2015, to start from September 2017, is devoted to maintaining the tradition of excellence of the English orchestra and to widening its repertoire. The English conductor provides proof of his open approach with this apocalyptic program. First, the Colors of the Celestial City by Messiaen, taking the Apocalypse as its reference and alternating, via a vast palette of colors, between plain song, Greek and Indian rhythms and bird song. Then...

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Matthews, Gershwin and Shostakovich with Yuja Wang

Michael Tilson Thomas, principal guest conductor at the LSO, celebrates his 70th birthday with a British and Russian program, while retaining an accent of America, his native land. He is joined by the sensational young pianist, Yuja Wang, who performs Gershwin’s very popular concerto. And Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the American première of Colin Matthews’ work, “Hidden Variables”, a commission from the LSO dating from the time Matthews was associate composer at the orchestra. Michael TILSON THOMAS / conductor Yuja WANG / piano COLIN MATTHEWS Hidden Variables GERSHWIN Concerto in F SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony N° 5

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Webern, Berg, Ligeti and Stravinsky with Barbara Hannigan

Sir Simon RATTLE / conductor Barbara HANNIGAN / soprano Program: Anton Webern / Six pieces for orchestra op. 6 Alban Berg / Three fragments from "Wozzeck" op. 7 György Ligeti / Mysteries of the Macabre Igor Stravinsky / The Rite of Spring Canadian Barbara Hannigan brings her phenomenal coloratura soprano voice to the three bravura arias from Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre and the three extracts starring Marie, the doomed heroine of Berg’s Wozzeck. The “sparkling diamonds” of Webern’s Six Orchestral Pieces and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, dating back nearly a century, but still as fresh, open and close this tremendous program conducted by Simon...

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Delage, Ravel and Dutilleux with Leonidas Kavakos

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henri Dutilleux, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, performs a French program featuring three eminent French composers, characterized by their unique sense of balance and clarity. A rarely heard piece, Delage’s Four Hindu Poems is an ensemble of pieces centered around the soprano Julia Bullock and a reduced ensemble. Along with this, the orchestra plays masterpieces by Ravel and Dutilleux, notably the Tree of Dreams, an intense concerto for violin performed by Leonidas Kavakos and the Suite no2, Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel, an extract from the ballet of the same name...