London Symphony Orchestra / John Adams

City Noir

11 March 2010 / 19:30

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Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Debussy orch Colin Matthews Preludes
John Adams City Noir (European premiere)

London Symphony Orchestra
John Adams conductor
Jeremy Denk piano

John Adams’s latest symphonic work draws on the moody ambience of classic film noir from the 1940s and 50s. It follows a trio of 20th-century classics haunted by the piano: Stravinsky performed his own Piano Concerto many times. Ravel’s piece, originally composed for solo piano, celebrates the waltz, ‘the delicious and ageless pleasure of a useless occupation.’ Debussy’s exquisite preludes have also been orchestrated, creating a series of brilliant miniatures.

'[City Noir is] a three-movement, half-hour roller-coaster of a piece that brilliantly evokes the genre’s [Film Noir] sleaze, threat and moments of sudden panic. And its romance, too.'
The Daily Telegraph, 28 Jan 2010

City Noir was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the London Symphony Orchestra in association with Cite de la Musique, the Zaterdag Matinee and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Pre-concert performance
6.30pm, Foyer
Lila Cita, the UK's leading Balinese Gamelan group, perform the hypnotic rhythms of John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The LSO St Luke's Gamelan Group will also take the stage performing traditional gamelan repertoire.

Promoted by London Symphony Orchestra

Part of John Adams Focus
Part of LSO 2009-2010

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