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.
Joyce DiDonato in Dead Man Walking
Joyce DiDonato leads a magnificent cast as Sister Helen Prejean in the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s powerful operatic exploration of the US justice system and capital punishment.
Jeremy Denk in Recital
A typically imaginative and thought-provoking solo recital from piano maverick (and Milton Court Artist-in-Residence) Jeremy Denk.
Insula Orchestra/Laurence Equilbey: Beethoven and Farrenc
A celebration of the chamber and orchestral music of Louise Farrenc, from an orchestra whose mission is to explore.
The English Concert: Handel’s Rinaldo
The warrior-hero of Handel’s Rinaldo battles sorcery as well as more worldly enemies. Iestyn Davies sings the title role tonight.
Pour le piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Debussy
100 years since the death of Debussy, a day-long exploration of his piano music with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Debussy scholar Roger Nichols.
Evgeny Kissin in Recital
Evgeny Kissin plays Rachmaninov – and Beethoven’s Hammerklavier. The last of the Keyboard Lions meets the Everest of piano sonatas.
Piotr Anderszewski plays Beethoven Diabelli Variations
A solo recital from the exceptional pianist – whose playing is ‘like a chef building cathedrals from spun sugar’ (Guardian)
Vengerov plays the Brahms Violin Sonatas
Maxim Vengerov performs all three of Brahms’s Violin Sonatas: a great artist encounters music that’s better than it can ever be played.
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.
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.