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Tagged: Barbican Presents 2019-20

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Igor Levit plays Shostakovich

A master-pianist meets a 20th-century musical landmark that is simultaneously epic and intimate, fiercely intelligent and profoundly emotional.

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Beethoven Weekender: weekend tickets

Join the ultimate celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven as we explore the man, the music, and his place in our time in a jam-packed festival weekend.

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Beethoven Weekender: day tickets

Join us on the Saturday or Sunday of our ultimate Beethoven celebration as we explore the man, the music, and his place in our time in a jam-packed festival weekend.

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Evgeny Kissin plays Beethoven

At the peak of his powers, Kissin finds something timeless and yet new every time he encounters Beethoven. Here he tackles three of the great Piano Sonatas: the Waldstein, Tempest and Pathétique.

Lise Davidsen singing on stage portrait

Lise Davidsen in recital with James Baillieu

The hype surrounding the young Norwegian soprano is nothing short of stratospheric, and the luxurious warmth of her voice will be on full display in an evening of lieder at their most darkly romantic.

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Igor Levit plays Messiaen and Shostakovich

Everything that Igor Levit plays is worth hearing, but this is something out of the ordinary: our Featured Artist performs a revelatory chamber version of Shostakovich’s haunted final symphony.

Simon Hofele portrait with trumpet

ECHO Rising Stars: Simon Höfele

Trumpeter Simon Höfele opens this season’s ECHO series – the Barbican’s Europe-wide showcase for rising stars - with a dazzling flourish.

Igor Levit sitting at piano

Igor Levit plays Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms

Featured Artist Igor Levit gleefully smashes through the bounds of the conventional piano recital, in an absorbing programme placing Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók in electrifying counterpoint.