These three works draw inspiration from Czech culture and landscape, telling legends in music and invoking the spirit of the Moravian forests.
Janáček’s Ballad of Blaník and Dvořák’s Golden Spinning Wheel both tell stories from Czech folk culture – the first an atmospheric and heroic reimagining of the tale of Wenceslas; the second a gruesome tale of greed, murder and magic.
Janáček wrote his ecstatic Glagolitic Mass while staying in a small town nestled deep in the forest. Of an evening, the landscape took on the characteristics of a cathedral: 'The scent of the damp forests of Luhačovice – this was my incense. The enormous mountains were my cathedral, with the open sky stretching into misty distances, and in the distance a flock of sheep rang the bells.'
Duration to be confirmed closer to the event. It includes a 20 minute interval.
NB Change of Artist and Conductor
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is obliged to reduce his forthcoming concert schedule for personal reasons and is unfortunately now unable to conduct the LSO at the Barbican on 20 October. However he will still conduct the Orchestra’s concert on 24 October. The LSO is very grateful to Kazushi Ono for agreeing to step in at short notice to conduct on 20 October. Both programmes remain unchanged. Posted: Tue 1 Oct 2019
In a change to early listings, Pavla Vykopalová is no longer able to appear in the LSO’s performance of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and the soprano soloist will now be Lucie Vagenknechtova. Posted: Wed 17 July, 2019
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
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.