Barbican Presents 2017–18
Barbican Presents brings the best international artists and orchestras to London.
From semi-staged operas and international orchestral residencies to contemporary composer focuses and world-class soloists in recital, the programme is devised to show the best of classical music from the Baroque to now, and to push the boundaries of traditional concert formats.
Timo Andres and David Kaplan: Rite of Spring & Rachmaninov
The livewire piano duo of Timo Andres and David Kaplan plays Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.
Powerplant: The Filthy Fifteen
War crimes and forbidden songs; video, electronics and percussion: Powerplant place musical explosives under the lies of an uncertain century.
LA Phil/Dudamel: Salonen, Varèse and Shostakovich
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic begin their 2018 Barbican residency with music by Shostakovich, Varèse and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
LA Phil New Music Group/Dudamel: Rzewski, Eastman & Hearne
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil New Music Group bring their acclaimed Green Umbrella music series to the Barbican, presenting three contemporary classical works from important contemporary voices.
ECHO Rising Stars: Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)
Trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi is already a name to be reckoned with in his native Hungary, and in this entertainingly eclectic ECHO recital you’ll hear why.
LA Phil/Dudamel: Beethoven's Symphony No 9
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic end their 2018 Barbican residency with two very different hymns to joy.
Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs
Rescheduled from February 2017, Jonas Kaufmann sings Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Iestyn Davies and Fretwork
Get up close to the ethereal voice of Iestyn Davies in the intimate acoustic of Milton Court Concert Hall.
LSO 2017–18 Opening Concert Live Relay
Sir Simon Rattle's first concert as LSO Music Director, beamed live to our outdoor cinema screen.
This is Rattle: Knussen
Simon Rattle’s passion for the music of Oliver Knussen dates from the earliest days of his career. Knussen has curated this concert himself: a very personal salute to Rattle as he arrives in London.
This is Rattle: Adès
An evening of music by living composers, personally chosen by Thomas Adès to celebrate the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle at the LSO.
This is Rattle: Helen Grime
The British composer Helen Grime celebrates Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival with a personally curated programme of her own music and its inspirations.
This is Rattle: Birtwistle
Ancient and modern meet in an intriguing programme that folds time back across the centuries, juxtaposing Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.
Academy of Ancient Music: Purcell's King Arthur
Daisy Evans and her team bring you Purcell's Restoration semi-opera, King Arthur, dramatically reimagined for contemporary times.
Jeremy Denk: Mozart - the late sonatas
For pianist Jeremy Denk, Mozart’s late sonatas are charged with wonder; performed by him, they’ll contain multitudes.
Jeremy Denk: Infinite Variations
The possibilities of the Variation form are infinite. And in the hands of pianist and MacArthur ‘genius award’ Fellow Jeremy Denk, doubly so.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig: Beethoven and Bruckner
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt and three star soloists play Beethoven – and Bruckner’s rapturous Seventh Symphony.
ECHO Rising Stars: Quatuor Van Kuijk
The ECHO Rising Stars series spotlights the rising French string quartet Quatuor Van Kuijk, in music by Janáček, Ravel and Edith Canat de Chizy.