Questioning Everything – Strauss, Liszt and Kendall
Rousing. Urgent. Lyrical.
Thursday 5 October 2023 • 7pm
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Hannah Kendall O flower of fire (world premiere)
Franz Liszt Totentanz
Interval – 20 minutes
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Alice Sara Ott piano
London Symphony Orchestra
The concert will finish at approximately 9pm
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Pop culture’s most famous fanfare sets the mood – this is music that tells you: wake up!
A blast of trumpets, a pounding of timpani: the opening of Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra heralds the rise of the sun. Stanley Kubrick used it to grab viewers’ attention in his film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
But for Strauss, this is the dawn of an age full of questions: what does it mean to be alive? Joining the debate, Liszt’s Totentanz is a ferocious vision of mortality, complete with ghoulish jangling bones. And there’s a new work by Hannah Kendall, a composer whose music, in Pappano’s own words, ‘has an amazing ability to really grip the listener’.
In his first concert as Chief Conductor Designate of the LSO, Sir Antonio Pappano brings emotional depth to the music’s thrills and chills. Alice Sara Ott masters the breakneck glissandos of Liszt’s showpiece music for piano.
Hannah Kendall’s music has an amazing ability to really grip the listener, to draw the listener in. It’s percussive, it’s lyrical, it’s very atmospheric, with the use of really beautiful chords, and an amazing use of silence, which makes you really want to listen to her music.
– Sir Antonio Pappano
Commission for O flower of fire generously supported by The Boltini Trust
Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3
Filmed for broadcast by Marquee TV
Header Image © Mark Allan
Sir Antonio Pappano, LSO Chief Conductor Designate, introduces this concert and Alice Sara Ott performs a short clip of Franz Liszt’s Totentanz.
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