Debussy, Berlioz & Mahler


NB Change of conductor and soloist

Thu 16 Dec 2021 7.00pm - 9.05pm
Barbican Hall, London

Debussy Fanfare and Le sommeil de Lear from 'Music to King Lear'
Berlioz Overture: King Lear
Mark-Anthony Turnage A Cortege for Bernard Haitink (world premiere)
Symphony No 4

Kirill Karabits conductor
Siobhan Stagg soprano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

A child’s view of heaven, and Shakespeare’s vision of hell: Kirill Karabits pairs Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with dramatic rarities by Berlioz and Debussy.

Mahler isn’t necessarily massive, and his Fourth Symphony begins with sleighbells, birdsong, and a melody straight out of Mozart. It all seems deliciously simple. But this is Mahler, after all, and between that playful opening and the final portrayal of a child’s Heaven, there’s a whole universe of drama, emotion and heart-piercing beauty.

With soprano Siobhan Stagg bringing all her insight and vocal radiance to that extraordinary finale, it’ll sound lovelier and more blissful than ever. But music is always part of a bigger picture, and two very different, (and very French) responses to Shakespeare’s bleakest drama will throw a fascinating new light on Mahler’s great song of innocence and experience.

A tribute to Bernard Haitink
This concert will be dedicated to Bernard Haitink, who died on 21 October 2021. The concert will include the first performance of a short piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage written as his gift to Bernard, with whom he had an important and special relationship.

Change of conductor
Sir Simon Rattle has tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately is unable to fulfil his engagements with the LSO this month.

He is currently isolating at home, with mild symptoms. We send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We are pleased to announce that Kirill Karabits has agreed to step in to conduct the concerts at the Barbican on 8, 9,15 & 16 December, and at Philharmonie de Paris on 13 December. The programmes for all concerts remain as announced.

Ticket holders will be notified.

Posted 11am Fri 3 Dec

Change of soloist
Lucy Crowe is unwell, with a cold and lost voice, and is unable to sing in the LSO’s performance of Mahler Symphony No 4 at the Barbican on Thursday 16 December. We are grateful to Siobhan Stagg for stepping in as soloist at short notice.
Posted Wed 15 Dec 12pm

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Distanced Seating

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