First, on 9 Mar, the LSO will present three of Ades’ most significant orchestral works. Polaris, a tone poem centred around the pole star, is a hypnotic space-filler, with ranging brass phases and a microscopic sense of detail. It will be followed by Brahms’ sole Violin Concerto, played by Anne-Sophie Mutter – one of her instrument’s greatest masters. This sets the stage for the satirical Brahms, which takes that composer’s logic while forsaking his warmth. The result is an engaging anti-homage to the great romantic’s music. Finally, the concert closes with the one movement symphony Tevot, a piece of truly cosmic proportions.
A week later, on 16 Mar, Ades returns with Asyla, perhaps his most famous orchestral piece. Over four movements, it seeks to capture the twin meanings of its title – ‘sanctuary’ and ‘asylum’ – climaxing in a depiction of a drug-fuelled techno club. Then, virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff will lead in Sibelius’ ever-lyrical Violin Concerto, a work of ravishing beauty with some sharp corners. The Composer Focus comes to a close with Franck’s Symphony, a radical fusion of French and German traditions that blurs the typical modes of romantic music into something uniquely compelling. As a counterpoint to Ades’ own transformative Asyla, it is perfect.
|What||LSO Composer Focus: Thomas Ades, Barbican Centre|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 09 Mar 16, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
On 16 Mar 16, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|