Continuing Roots and Origins, Sir Simon Rattle unites Debussy, Brahms and Enescu – rarely performed together, but each inspired by folk tradition.
Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the most impressive violin concertos, and a perfect match for the talents of virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos. Inspired by free-spirited Hungarian playing techniques, it brims with energy – an homage to the Gypsy heritage of Joseph Joachim, the renowned violinist for whom it was created. ‘The last movement is really Budapest,’ remarks Sir Simon.
It’s paired here with two more works rooted in popular history: Debussy’s evocative travelogue, Images, which ventures from English and French folk tunes to the unmistakable dancing rhythms of Spain and the Iberian peninsula; and Enescu’s vivid Rhapsody, which draws on Romanian folk traditions – with scurrying violins and triumphant brass fanfares.
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Silk Street, London
Nearby public transport
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street.
Car and bicycle parking
We have free bicycle spaces and paid car parking spaces available
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.