Daphnis and Chloe


Elim Chan

Thu 27 Feb 2020 7.30pm - 9.35pm
Barbican Hall, London

James Albany Hoyle Thymiaterion (world premiere) *
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3
Elizabeth Ogonek All These Lighted Things – three little dances for orchestra
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe – Suite No 2

* Commissioned through the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust

Elim Chan conductor
Lukáš Vondráček piano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Part of the 2019/20 season

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As spring approaches, Elim Chan leads us from cold winter nights into the splendour of sunlight, in this concert of music spanning the 20th century to the present day.

James Albany Hoyle opens the night with the world premiere of his new work. Inspired by the image of drifting smoke plumes from the ancient Greek incense burners that give the work its name, Thymiaterion, Hoyle evokes a musical equivalent; the swirling and intriguing sonic colours of the tolling of bells. 

Lukáš Vondráček follows in his LSO debut with a display of virtuosity in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3, a ferociously challenging but spectacular piece.

All these lighted things imagines the shedding of darkness by the music of dawn, expressing, in composer Elizabeth Ogonek’s words, ‘a sense of overwhelming happiness’ as the orchestra merges into one ‘community’ of joy.

Continuing the evocation of sunrise, Ravel’s Suite No 2 from Daphnis and Chloe tells the blissfully melancholic reunion of the lovers at daybreak. From the chromatic tiptoe of the first rays to a yearning crescendo, Ravel creates one of the most vibrant musical paintings of the glorious golden glow of sunrise.