Antoine Tamestit – a soloist with a mission to make listeners fall in love with the viola – opens his LSO Artist Portrait, which runs throughout the season and showcases his musical inspirations.
He starts with a work in which he and his instrument take centre-stage, a work written for him – Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto. Very much a theatre piece, it makes full use of the deep friendship between composer and performer, sending Tamestit walking through the ranks of the orchestra as he plays. There are inventive playing techniques, experimental sounds and body percussion; and the work is by turns humorous, ferocious, delicate and hauntingly beautiful.
Bruckner was a surprising character: modest and self-effacing, unfashionably conservative and painfully awkward in social situations; but his compositions were anything but. The Fifth Symphony is all bold themes, heroic melodies and dramatic orchestration. It’s as if all the ambitions, hopes and desires that Bruckner could never express came pouring out in his music.
Duration to be confirmed closer to the event. It includes a 20 minute interval.
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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.