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.
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.
Il Pomo d’Oro with Joyce DiDonato: Handel's Agrippina
Agrippina is a woman on a mission: the stakes are love, death, and supreme power. Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece.
Il Pomo d’Oro/Edgar Moreau
Our Il Pomo d’Oro focus ends in a blaze of 18th-century celebration: exuberant Baroque and Classical cello concertos framed by orchestral music bursting with pageantry, invention and joy.
Collegium Vocale Gent: Bach's B minor Mass
There’s no mightier spiritual or artistic challenge than Bach’s transcendent Mass setting – and few modern performers are better equipped to tackle it than Philip Herreweghe’s pioneering ensemble.
LSO/Rattle/Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Janáček’s life-affirming tale of love, death and the timeless cycle of nature is the latest of Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars’s acclaimed operatic concert stagings.
ECHO Rising Stars: Anaïs Gaudemard (harp)
Anaïs Gaudemard is a harpist of singular artistry and charisma. Today she gives the UK premiere of a new commission by Camille Pépin: a composer with a magical flair for instrumental colour.
ECHO Rising Stars: Quatuor Arod (quartet)
A Barbican debut for this dazzling young French string quartet – whose playing, according to Gramophone, has 'a youthful ardour that catches the music on the wing'.
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.