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London Philharmonic Orchestra: 20th-Century Discoveries

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 19:30

Those 20th-century blues ... from the darkest depths of the Second World War, Bohuslav Martinů cries out in anguish and rage. In Soviet Georgia, Giya Kancheli mourns a friend with a searingly beautiful musical liturgy; music stained with tears, performed tonight by one of the world's finest viola players. And the 85-year-old Vaughan Williams rages against the dying of the light in a Ninth Symphony of breathtaking ambition and imaginative fire. Three great compsoers, three extraordinary testimonies; as Vladimir Jurowski and the Orchestra invite you to discover a different face of a century we all thought we knew.

Free pre-concert event | 6.15pm
Composers through the centuries have been fascinated by scientific discovery. This talk will guide us through their portrayal of such turning points as the speed of light, the atomic bomb and space and beyond.

© Karen Robinson
© Karen Robinson
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