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London Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adès

Stravinsky, Lutosławski & Adès

Anne-Sophie Mutter holding a violin

Threads of the past are woven into a radiant future in four ingenious compositions, presented by Thomas Adès, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the LSO.

Stravinsky didn’t attend the premiere of Agon on his 75th birthday, worried that audiences wouldn’t like his new direction. But the ballet was greeted with shouts and whistles, its bracing music compared to Champagne. It’s a cool and considered triumph which melds together ingredients from Baroque to jazz. 

Lutosławski’s delicate Partita and Adès’ arching Air convert age-old structures into intriguingly unfamiliar objets d’art.

Like Agon, Orpheus was a balletic collaboration between Stravinsky and choreographer George Balanchine. Orpheus’ traditional lyre becomes a harp in Stravinsky’s elegant, ritualistic music. His music shapes the sound of the present moment, and Thomas Adès presents a much-anticipated UK premiere in this concert. Air was co-commissioned by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, for whom Lutosławski’s Partita was also written.

This performance will end at approximately 9.15 pm, including a 20-minute interval.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra



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 £12 to £16.

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