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LSO/Roth: Varèse, Ravel & Berlioz

Barbican HallSilk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 13 June 202119:00

Ravel does jazz, Varèse fuses Mayan rituals with 1930s electronica, and Hector Berlioz goes completely off the rails, in this very French extravaganza from François-Xavier Roth. 

‘Oh! How can I find her? To intoxicate myself with the anguish and joy that is true love!’ Lélio is a lover, a dreamer – and a composer. And if you think his name sounds a bit like Berlioz: well, we don’t want to give too many spoilers for Lélio or The Return to Life.

But it’s safe to say that any concert that begins with the primal ritual of Varèse’s Ecuatorial – and includes the remarkable Alice Sara Ott in Ravel’s elegant, jazz-infused Concerto in G – isn’t afraid of extremes. And that Berlioz’s crazy one-man music drama, written at the height of an unrequited love affair, is a delirious odyssey through the Romantic imagination, told in some of his most flamboyantly original music. You’ve never heard anything quite like it. 

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