Life, death and transcendence: Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending finds a 21st-century counterpart in a new work from Deborah Pritchard.
In the shadow of the First World War, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending sounded like a vision of peace. Deborah Pritchard’s Calandra evokes the same spirit in a 21st century context; it’s specially written for the radiant tone and poetic insight of soloist Jennifer Pike.
Calandra, says Pritchard, represents a different kind of lark – 'an Eastern European lark, symbolic of freedom, ascending without borders'. Like Vaughan Williams, Pritchard is responding to her time; but music can deal with turbulence as well as serenity and guest conductor Clemens Schuldt frames these two idylls with Britten’s volcanic Sinfonia da Requiem – a protest against the inhumanity of World War Two – and Strauss’s musical fantasy of triumph rising from the darkest tragedy. Strong emotions; ravishing sounds.
This performance will end at approximately 9.10pm, including a 20-minute interval
Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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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.
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