Janáček: Glagolitic Mass

London Symphony Orchestra/Kazushi Ono

Conductor Kazushi Ono

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

Barbican Hall