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.
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/Dudamel: Ted Hearne's Place
A city mapped; a life interrogated; cultures fuse as Dudamel and the LA Phil give the European premiere of Ted Hearne’s Place.
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.
Franco Fagioli sings Vivaldi and Handel
Countertenor Franco Fagioli deploys all his charisma in a Baroque programme with a distinctly Italian flavour.
Stockhausen: Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses
For the tenth anniversary of Stockhausen’s death we present rare performances of two of his defining masterpieces: the meditative, trance-like Stimmung and the earth-shattering Cosmic Pulses.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
War and Peace: Mariss Jansons and his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra bring their peerless sound to bear on Beethoven and Prokofiev.
Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta: Dolce Duello
The one-of-a-kind mezzo-soprano in an evening alongside the cellist Sol Gabetta.
Les Arts Florissants: Monteverdi's Selva morale e spirituale
The crowning achievement of Monteverdi’s sacred music, brought to ravishing life by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.
ECHO Rising Stars: Christoph Sietzen (percussion)
Percussion virtuoso Christoph Sietzen presents an evening at the cutting edge of contemporary percussion music – including a bespoke commission by Stewart Copeland.
Christopher Purves sings Handel
Baritone Christopher Purves explores the boundless dramatic worlds of George Frederic Handel, in a powerful recital.
LSO/Rattle: Music of Exile – Genesis Suite
Sir Simon Rattle conducts two works from the 1940s, including a rarely-heard collaboration between some of the biggest composers of the day, with visual projections from director Gerard McBurney.
Les Talens Lyriques: François Couperin - lumière et ombre
A half-day exploration of the music of François Couperin, ‘le grand’, celebrating the 350th anniversary of his birth and culminating in the Trois Leçons de ténèbres by candlelight.
Behzod Abduraimov plays the Liszt Sonata
Behzod Abduraimov plays Liszt’s massive B minor Sonata and music by Prokofiev – an imposing showcase for one of our most talked-about young pianists.