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.
Bach Weekend: Cello Suites
A universe in a grain of sand: Jean-Guihen Queyras plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello.
Bach Weekend: Bach Cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists conclude their Bach weekend in a blaze of hope.
Murray Perahia in Recital - cancelled
We regret to announce that unfortunately Murray Perahia has had to withdraw from his recital due to ill health so this concert is cancelled.
Andersson Dance/Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations
Revel in the joy, complexity, and lyricism of an invigorating collaboration between Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and classical musicians Scottish Ensemble as they reawaken a timeless masterpiece.
ECHO Rising Stars: Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin)
The young Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian puts everything on the line, in a bold unaccompanied recital.
ECHO Rising Stars: Nora Fischer (soprano)
An introduction to the artistry of Dutch soprano Nora Fischer – a singer who defies categorisation – in a witty programme of modern classics.
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.