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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Messiaen Turangalîla-Symphonie

Sir Simon Rattle with London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle ends his final concert as LSO Music Director with Messiaen’s mind-blowing Turangalîla-Symphonie – an explosion of passionate emotion and ear-tingling sound.

Imagine a starburst of love on a cosmic scale. Now add a colossal orchestra, an unstoppable pianist and a vintage electronic instrument straight out of science fiction, and you’re still not even half-way to imagining Messiaen’s mind-boggling Turangalîla-Symphonie. Betsy Jolas’ music is more understated – but it still packs a tremendous emotional punch. 

So what happier way for Sir Simon Rattle to bring down the curtain on his years as Music Director of the LSO? He’s joined by two of his oldest musical friends – pianist Peter Donohoe and Ondes-Martenot player Cynthia Millar – who also happen to be two of Messiaen’s supreme living interpreters. And with a new work from Betsy Jolas, he’s going out as her came in, with one eye fixed confidently on the future.

‘Joy in the blood of the stars’ – Olivier Messiaen

The concert will finish at approximately 9:15pm (timings subject to change) 

15 June generously supported by the Sir Joseph Hotung Charitable Settlement

Filmed for future broadcast on Marquee TV and Mezzo

Barbican Hall