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London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle & Håkan Hardenberger

LSO Artist Portrait

Håkan Hardenberger

Brahms’s most lyrical symphony meets three composers who continue to redefine the power of sound, in this Artist Portrait concert featuring Håkan Hardenberger.  

Not every revolutions is noisy. Wagner’s Lohengrin prelude and Ligeti’s mind-expanding skyscape both break music down to its elements to create sonorities that defy the imagination; Jolas, meanwhile, says that she creates music from ‘the sounds we try not to hear’. Together, they make a compelling upbeat to Brahms’s sunniest symphony.  

Brahms wrote his Second Symphony while on holiday in the Austrian Alps, but as Rattle has said, it’s ‘far from conventional’, and Brahms’s way of shaping and colouring a melody is as individual (and as expressive) as anything that followed him. And with soloists of the calibre of Roger Muraro and Håkan Hardenberger, in an Artist Portrait concert celebrating the trumpeter’s 60th birthday, Betsy Jolas’s True Stories will be like giving your ears a reboot. Once you’ve heard it, everything sounds different. 



Guaranteed entry to the concert – however, your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. You could be placed anywhere in the Hall, in seats worth at least 18. Book early for the best price – following an initial allocation Wildcards may rise in price from £10 to £15.

Online booking only. Tickets subject to availability, max 2 per person. Cannot guarantee that 2 tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other. Not available for Family Concerts or concerts at LSO St Luke’s.

Vivace Book 7 or more concerts and save 40%
Allegro Book 5–6 concerts and save 30%
Moderato Book 3–4 concerts and save 20%

Book at Vivace or Allegro levels and receive additional benefits:

20% discount on BBC Radio 3 Concerts
20% discount on LSO Live recordings


Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free.

Subject to availability

Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount, or 30% for two or more concert bookings.
Contact the Box Office Groups Team at [email protected]

Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online. 

Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts. 

Booking a wheelchair space: Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please click the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected. 

Booking essential companion tickets: Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket. 

Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats: Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs.

*Excludes £3 booking fee

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