Severed heads, demonic orgies and obsessive love. Daniele Rustioni pairs Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the equally colourful imaginations of Poulenc and Camile Pépin.
‘Convinced that his love is spurned, the artist poisons himself with opium…’ Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is the musical head-trip to end all head-trips, a no-holds barred phantasmagoria for an enormous orchestra. It’s perfect for a conductor with the dramatic flair and sheer energy of Daniele Rustioni.
And that’s not even the half of it, in a concert that features the massed voices of the BBC Symphony Chorus in Poulenc’s barnstorming Gloria, and which opens with Camille Pépin’s visionary, ravishing Les eaux celestes. Sky gods, lovers, a celestial river and the cowherd of the stars: it’s hard to imagine a better counterpart for Berlioz’s spectacular sonic imagination than the UK premiere of this symphonic retelling of an ancient Chinese myth. Prepare to be transported…
The end time for this performance will be added closer to the performance date
Produced by 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.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.