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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Myth and Magic – Thomas Adès

Refined. Sharp-Witted. Refreshing.


Thursday 30 May 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

Igor Stravinsky Orpheus
Witold Lutosławski Partita (for Violin and Orchestra)
Interval – 20 minutes
Thomas Adès Air – Homage to Sibelius (Violin Concerto) (UK premiere)
Igor Stravinsky Agon

Thomas Adès  conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter  violin
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.15pm (timings are subject to change)


£70 £55 £39 £25 £18
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Multibuy Discounts – save up to 40%
Under-18s – £6 tickets
14–25s – discounts for Young Barbican Members
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Access – free companion tickets for Barbican Access Members
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Threads of the past are woven into a radiant future in four ingenious compositions, presented by Thomas Adès, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the LSO.

The Programme

Stravinsky didn’t attend the premiere of Agon on his 75th birthday, worried that audiences wouldn’t like his new direction. But the composer’s final ballet was greeted with shouts and whistles, its bracing music compared to Champagne. It’s a cool and considered triumph which melds together ingredients from Baroque to jazz with its choreographer George Balanchine stating ‘sounds like this have not been heard before’.

Lutosławski’s delicate Partita also ushers a jazz-like quality and Adès’ arching Air acts as an ‘extended aria’ giving Mutter the freedom to burst through the orchestra and skip like a stone into an icy Finnish lake.

Like Agon, Orpheus was a balletic collaboration between Stravinsky and choreographer Balanchine. Orpheus’ traditional lyre becomes a harp in Stravinsky’s elegant presentation of the Greek legend.

The Performers

His music shapes the sound of the present moment, and Thomas Adès presents a much-anticipated UK premiere in this concert. Air was co-commissioned by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, for whom Lutosławski’s Partita was also written.

Why do we need composers? It’s a compulsion. I have no choice. There is an image in my head which to me is completely real.’ – Thomas Adès

Header Image © Monika Höfler

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Young People

£6 tickets for under-18s. Discounted tickets are available for selected LSO concerts for 14–25s through Young Barbican, and for full-time students through Student Pulse London.

Groups of 10+

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