Strauss and Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Photo of Sir Simon Rattle conducting

Sir Simon Rattle is joined by two international opera stars for a programme of sumptuous music from the masters of Romanticism, Strauss and Mahler.

Strauss and Mahler both shared the ability to exploit the full force of the orchestra, weaving moments of intense emotion into cinematic musical landscapes. This is especially true of Metamorphosen and Das Lied von der Erde. With Strauss writing his work for strings in the wake of the destruction of war, and Mahler’s symphonic settings of ancient poetry lamenting the death of his eldest daughter, these two sentimental works are laced with moments of heartache.

As one of the finest interpreters of Romantic repertoire, Sir Simon Rattle brings together Simon O’Neill and Christian Gerhaher, two of the leading performers in opera houses around the world, for this poignant programme: a portrait of love, grief and a reflection on life itself.

13 December broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

Pre-concert events

13 December 5.45pm Barbican Library
Pre-concert Talk: Curating Rattle – Free entry

Join us for a pre-concert talk with Edward Smith, former Chief Executive of the CBSO and co-curator of the Barbican Library's Rattle exhibition, and conductor John Carewe, one of Sir Simon's first and most influential teachers. Hosted by LSO violinist Lennox Mackenzie, the guests share their memories of Sir Simon Rattle, drawing together stories and memorabilia to illustrate the maestro's musical life.

 

13 December 6pm Barbican Hall
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists – Free entry

STRAUSS Sonatina No 1 for 16 wind instruments "from an invalid's workshop"

Andrew Marriner conductor
Guildhall Wind Ensemble

Broadcast partner

Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm

Barbican Hall