Lotta Wennäkoski Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footprints and Light – Helsinki Variations)
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, ‘Emperor’
Interval – 20 minutes
Jean Sibelius Symphony No 2
Thomas Søndergård conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes piano
London Symphony Orchestra
The concert will finish at approximately 9.10pm (timings subject to change)
£70 £55 £39 £25 £18
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction
£12/£16 + booking fee as above
Guaranteed entry – your seat will be allocated on the day.
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Under-18s – £6 tickets
14–25s – discounts for Young Barbican Members
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
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Bold and unconventional choices are there to be relished in music by Beethoven and Sibelius.
Sibelius compared writing his daring Second Symphony to putting together a broken mosaic. For a listener, it’s only possible to marvel as stunning musical patterns shape themselves out of fragments.
In Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, the piano makes an unexpected hero’s entrance with barely an introduction from the orchestra. But soon there’s a magnificent back and forth between soloist and ensemble, ending in a galloping finale.
Lotta Wennäkoski’s exquisite tone poem Of Footprints and Light quotes from an unfinished opera by the Finnish composer Ida Moberg, who studied with Sibelius.
The landscapes of Sibelius are familiar territory for Thomas Søndergård, and the LSO summons fresh air and sunshine. Leif Ove Andsnes brings immaculate style to Beethoven’s best-loved Piano Concerto.
‘There is something about this music … that leads us to ecstasy; almost like a shaman with his magic drum.’ – Composer Sulho Ranta on Sibelius’ Second Symphony
Header Image © Andy Buchanan
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