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London Symphony Orchestra/Karabits & Crowe

Debussy, Berlioz, Mahler NB Conductor/soloist

Kirill Karabits

A child’s view of heaven, and Shakespeare’s vision of hell: Kirill Karabits pairs Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with dramatic rarities by Berlioz and Debussy. 

Mahler isn’t necessarily massive, and his Fourth Symphony begins with sleighbells, birdsong, and a melody straight out of Mozart. It all seems deliciously simple. But this is Mahler, after all, and between that playful opening and the final portrayal of a child’s Heaven, there’s a whole universe of drama, emotion and heart-piercing beauty.

With soprano Siobhan Stagg bringing all her insight and vocal radiance to that extraordinary finale, it’ll sound lovelier and more blissful than ever. Music is always part of a bigger picture, and two very different, (and very French) responses to Shakespeare’s bleakest drama will throw a fascinating new light on Mahler’s great song of innocence and experience.

A tribute to Bernard Haitink
This concert will be dedicated to Bernard Haitink, who died on 21 October 2021. The concert will include the first performance of a short piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage written as his gift to Bernard, with whom he had an important and special relationship.

Change of conductor
Sir Simon Rattle has tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately is unable to fulfil his engagements with the LSO this month.

He is currently isolating at home, with mild symptoms. We send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We are pleased to announce that Kirill Karabits has agreed to step in to conduct the concerts at the Barbican on 8, 9,15 & 16 December, and at Philharmonie de Paris on 13 December. The programmes for all concerts remain as announced.

Ticket holders will be notified.

Posted 11am Fri 3 Dec

Change of soloist
Lucy Crowe is unwell, with a cold and lost voice, and is unable to sing in the LSO’s performance of Mahler Symphony No 4 at the Barbican on Thursday 16 December. We are grateful to Siobhan Stagg for stepping in as soloist at short notice.
Posted 12pm Wed 15 Dec

Barbican Hall