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.
HPSCHD: Music for Electronics and Harpsichord
Put aside any casual assumptions about what a harpsichord can do – or can be – in the 21st century: Mahan Esfahani plans to light up Milton Court with an ear-opening contemporary recital.
ECHO Rising Stars: Peter Moore (trombone)
A solo showcase for the London Symphony Orchestra’s brilliant young co-principal trombone Peter Moore – including a new piece written specially for him by Roxanna Panufnik.
Tristia: Requiems for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
Requiem masses for murdered royalty: two powerful choral works from post-Revolutionary France, performed by their foremost contemporary champions.
Diana Damrau sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
Bring together Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for Strauss’s final masterpiece, and the words ‘dream team’ don’t even begin to cover it.
Casals Quartet: The Seven Last Words of Christ
The Casals Quartet’s playing has been described as refreshing and exhilarating. This evening of musical and literary drama promises to be no exception, with added gravitas from readings by Fiona Shaw.
Casals Quartet/Stefanovich: Hungariana Concert 1
Part 1 in an immersive day of music, readings and visuals exploring the towering trio of Hungarian composers, Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág, whose utterly individual sounds helped define modern music.
Casals Quartet/Stefanovich: Hungariana Concert 2
Part 2 in an immersive day of music, readings and visuals exploring the towering trio of Hungarian composers, Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág, whose utterly individual sounds helped define modern music.
Casals Quartet/Stefanovich: Hungariana Concert 3
Part 3 in an immersive day of music, readings and visuals exploring the towering trio of Hungarian composers, Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág, whose utterly individual sounds helped define modern music.
Evgeny Kissin in recital
The brilliant Russian reaffirms his credentials as one of the supreme pianists of our time in a recital that ranges from Schumann to Scriabin, from deep poetry to untrammelled ardour.
Benjamin Grosvenor with the Doric Quartet
Prepare for a different kind of chamber music with a delightful 19th-century rediscovery: a scaled-down version of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto for piano and a quintet of string players.
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.