‘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.
This concert has been rescheduled, with a revised programme.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
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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.