Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev

Photo by Bill Robinson

About the series

This special season is a rare opportunity to hear all four symphonies, as well as other pieces, by 20th century Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, alongside the much more widely recognised works of Brahms by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Szymanowski is little-known even among classical music aficionados, but his music is enormously influential and intensely affecting. In the words of international powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, he will bring that 'little bit of spice' to an evening balanced by Brahms' rich, Romantic compositions.

Szymanowski admired Brahms greatly, and this season offers a chance to hear these two strikingly different, yet intriguingly complementary, composers side-by-side.

Every performance promises a complex brew of delights, depths and discoveries. All overseen by Gergiev - one of the world's most celebrated and sought-after conductors. Don't miss a genuine cultural landmark.

Find out more

Read in depth and Szymanowski, his life, influences, works and travels on this dedicated website from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute:


iPad users can also download a dedicated app from the App Store

> Szymanowski iPad app


The concerts on 11 & 13 October and 18 & 19 December will be broadcast on Mezzo Live HD.


The LSO Szymanowski Project is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music grant programme.

Valery Gergiev on LSO Live

Valery Gergiev on LSO Live

Valery Gergiev has recorded works on LSO Live by Mahler, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Tchaikovsky...


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