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London Symphony Orchestra/Roth

Varèse, Bartók & Strauss

Conductor François-Xavier Roth

‘A Hero’s Life’: grand emotions and roof-raising sounds. François-Xavier Roth conducts the LSO in Varèse, Bartók and Richard Strauss’ stupendous musical self-portrait.

Richard Strauss was never shy about blowing his own trumpet. Still, it takes more than just self-confidence to tell your own life story in music quite as extrovert as Ein Heldenleben. Add Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, with Isabelle Faust as soloist, and the musical temperature really starts to climb off the scale.

Because if there’s nothing quite as grand, as lush and as thrillingly self-confident as Ein Heldenleben (and Strauss even includes a retrospective of his own greatest hits, as well as a startlingly steamy love scene), Bartók’s concerto yields to no one in intensity and passion. Isabelle Faust plays it with unrivalled mastery. The sonic surprises of Varèse’s Intégrales, meanwhile, sound as startling today as they did in 1925.

Rescheduled event
This concert has been rescheduled, with a revised programme.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Barbican Hall