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Susanna Mälkki conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

Kirill Gerstein: Spotlight Artist

The Poem of Ecstasy – Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin

Serene. Wondrous. Magnetic.

Sunday 3 December 2023 • 7pm

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The Concert

Claude Debussy Three Nocturnes
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Interval – 20 minutes
Alexander Scriabin Symphony No 4, ‘The Poem of Ecstasy’

Susanna Mälkki  conductor
Kirill Gerstein  piano
Sopranos & Altos of the London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9pm (timings subject to change)


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+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

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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%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below


An allocation of tickets is available for NHS staff for selected LSO concerts through Tickets for Good. Visit to register.

Drift amid music of seductive illusion, by three turn-of-the-century composers.

The Programme

‘It is pure music, conceived beyond the limits of reality, in the world of dreams,’ wrote a contemporary reviewer about Debussy’s Nocturnes. The first Nocturne conjures grey thunderclouds above the Seine, as a passing boat sounds its horn. The second is illuminated by a dazzling procession, and the third echoes with the voices of sirens, heard amid the moonlit waves of the sea.

In Ravel’s dark, swaggering magic trick of a Piano Concerto, one hand playing comes to sound like two. And in Scriabin’s swirling, yearning symphonic poem, we move through fantasy to ecstasy.

The Performers

Kirill Gerstein, Spotlight Artist with the LSO in 2023/24, performs a remarkable feat of sleight-of-hand, while Susanna Mälkki and the LSO reveal the shining threads that tie these three works together. The London Symphony Chorus supplies enchanting song.

‘All fire and air. The first time I heard it I played it over and over … For weeks I went about in a trance. Something had happened to me.’ Writer Henry Miller on Scriabin’s ‘Poem of Ecstasy’

Read the programme (PDF)


This concert is generously sponsored by the Léni Fé Bland Estate

Support for the Music Academy partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra has been provided in part by Linda and Michael Keston, with additional support in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland

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Header Image © Mark Allan

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£12 and £16 Wildcard Tickets

Book a Wildcard ticket for £12 or £16. You’re guaranteed entry to the concert, but you won’t know your seat until the evening of the performance. Will you bag one of the best seats in the house? That’s the chance you take to save. 

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Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

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£4 booking fee per transaction when booking online or by phone

Refunds and Exchanges

If you can no longer user your tickets, you can exchange them for another LSO concert or Barbican credit voucher (valid for six months). Please inform the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). A per-ticket administration fee applies for all exchange services.

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The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. If the event is cancelled, all bookers will receive a refund. All discounts are subject to availability and may not be combined. Box office calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance or training purposes.

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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+

Save 20%, or 30% when booking two or more concerts in the same season, plus additional benefits. Find out more about group booking.

Access Members

Members of the Barbican’s Access Scheme can book wheelchair places priced at the lowest price for that event and book a free companion seat. Join the Barbican Access Scheme.

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