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John Adams & Harrison Birtwistle

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Barbican HallSilk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 19:30

Sir Simon Rattle conducts a study in harmony, with music from John Adams, Stravinsky and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Inspired by a dream in which an oil tanker launches into space like a Saturn V rocket, John Adams’ Harmonielehre marries the rich and expressive harmonies of late Romanticism with the postmodernist developmental techniques of 20th-century minimalism.

Catch spectral glimpses of Sibelius, Debussy, Mahler and early Schoenberg as we journey through a fantastical sonic landscape, from the high-energy opening and the melancholic second movement through to the tidal wave of brass and percussion which brings the piece to its grand and uplifting final climax.

LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle brings this large-scale work together with Shadow of Night by British composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

Change of Programme
This concert will now feature Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Shadow of Night, in place of the new work by the composer that was announced when listings were first published.

Tickets: £56 £41 £31 £22 £16

Tickets on sale online from 10am on 2nd February 2018.

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
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