Barbican Presents 2018–19
Barbican Presents brings some of the greatest international classical artists, orchestras and ensembles to London, in a stimulating and eclectic mix of classical, contemporary, and Baroque music.
Khatia Buniatishvili in recital
The Georgian piano virtuoso Khatia Bunatiashvili is an artist who makes the weather. Everything she does creates headlines and this Barbican recital promises to be no exception.
The English Concert: Handel’s Semele
There’s loving someone who’s out of your league – and then there’s the princess Semele, who’s got her eye on the King of the Gods himself. It can’t end well…
ECHO Rising Stars: Kian Soltani (cello)
A specially commissioned new work by jazz pianist David Helbock forms a delightfully unexpected centrepiece to this recital by the young Austrian-Persian cellist Kian Soltani.
Leonardo da Vinci: Shaping the invisible
Marking 500 years since da Vinci’s death, innovative vocal ensemble I Fagiolini illuminate projections of his most iconic artworks with complementary choral masterpieces from across the centuries.
Measha Brueggergosman in recital
The Canadian soprano presents a song recital that ranges from Ravel to John Cage – music as varied and as characterful as her own ‘wonderful’ (The New York Times) voice.
Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
The masterly young British pianist takes Schumann as his starting point for a musical journey through three very different conceptions of virtuosity.
Magdalena Kožená and Yefim Bronfman in recital
Few mezzo-sopranos are more vibrant than Kožená; and few pianists can find the mystery in a romantic miniature quite like Bronfman. Pair the two for an evening of utterly magnetic music-making.
Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro
Peter Sellars directs a haunting dramatization of Orlando di Lasso’s Tears of St Peter: renaissance madrigals of sorrow and remorse, given a contemporary setting of quietly shattering power.
Orchestra of Santa Cecilia/Pappano: Mahler's Sixth Symphony
The music director of the Royal Opera brings his Italian orchestra to the Barbican, in the life-and-death struggle of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.
Benjamin Grosvenor with the Doric Quartet
Benjamin Grosvenor and the Doric Quartet complete their pocket-sized Chopin concerto cycle, and join forces in Dvořák's expressive Piano Quintet.
A near-matchless superstar trio; three of the world’s pre-eminent soloists – Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax – come together as chamber musicians to play all three of Brahms’s Piano Trios.
ECHO Rising Stars: Amatis Piano Trio
The Amatis Trio launch the 2018–19 ECHO Rising Star series with a programme that includes a new commission by the Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi – who draws her inspiration from art and landscape.
Dido and Aeneas: A funeral for the Queen of Carthage
Visionary director Thomas Guthrie presents a new semi-staged production of Purcell’s poignant tale of love and loss, widely regarded as the greatest English opera of its time.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Last Three Symphonies
Three symphonies, written in a matter of weeks by a genius at the top of his form – and three universes of emotion, beauty and uncompromising artistic truth.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mountain (PG)
A nature documentary like you’ve never heard before: picture the soaring heights and superhuman terrors of the world’s great mountain ranges, as live music accompanies breath-taking imagery.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Bach, Beethoven and Bartók
Bach, Beethoven, Bartók… and Sufjan Stevens: a typically refreshing take on the classical concert format from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Il Pomo d’Oro: Handel's Serse
Power and pride: superstar counter-tenor Franco Fagioli heads the cast as the hot-blooded Persian tyrant Xerxes, one of Handel’s most compelling dramatic creations.
Il Pomo d’Oro play Bach and Handel
Shunske Sato, one of the world’s most distinctive Baroque violinists, joins Il Pomo d’Oro – an ensemble as imaginative as he is – for Bach and Handel, up close in St Giles Cripplegate.
London Contemporary Orchestra: Other Worlds
Experience the self-destruction of an ancient civilisation and our planet engulfed by the vastness of the ocean in two massive audio-visual portrayals of a dark past and still-avoidable future.