Brahms’ most lyrical symphony meets three composers who redefined the power of sound. For Sir Simon Rattle, Wagner, Ligeti, Webern and Brahms all speak to each other, and to us.
Not all revolutions are noisy. Wagner’s rapturous visions, Webern’s haunted Viennese miniatures and Ligeti’s mind-expanding soundscape all break music down to its elements to create sounds that defy the imagination. Together, they make a ravishing prelude to Brahms’ sunniest symphony.
And they’re all about the emotional power of sound. Brahms wrote his Second Symphony while on holiday in the Austrian Alps, but as Rattle has said, it’s ‘far from conventional’ – and Brahms’ way of shaping and colouring a melody was the launch pad for Webern’s and Ligeti’s imaginations, as well as a powerful challenge to Wagner. Together, they’re a tonic for the ears as well as the heart.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
LSO Wildcard tickets guarantee you entry to the concert, but you won’t know your seat until the evening of the performance.
Book early for the best price – following an initial release, available Wildcards may rise in price from £10 to £15.
Tickets subject to availability, max two per person per concert.
Wildcards must be exchanged for valid concert tickets at the stalls box office on the evening of the performance – your seat will be allocated then. Cannot guarantee that two tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other. Online booking only.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. Booking fees do not currently apply to bookings for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events.
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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.