Rattle is promoting British music old and new in his forthcoming seasons at the Barbican, and alongside favourite compositions comes an as yet untitled new piece by Helen Grime, whose intense, ethereal and astringent soundworld makes for mesmerising listening in the live concert hall.
Her new commission for the LSO precedes a performance of Mahler's great Symphony No 9, the composer's last, and a work he was destined never to hear in his lifetime. And that ties in with another of Rattle's themes – pieces that the composer never heard, other than in his or her head.
Superstitious about the ninth symphony – the last such work for several composers – Mahler avoided numbering his ninth symphonic composition with the number 9 – and died after writing this piece, which does bear that number.
The symphony is colossal in scale, and calls for a massive orchestra, making it a very exciting piece to witness.
Booking opens on 3 February 2017. Wildcard tickets at £10 secure a seat, but you won't know whereabouts in the hall until you arrive...
|What||Mahler 9, Rattle and the LSO, Barbican|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
19 Apr 18 – 26 Apr 18, two performances of the same programme
|Price||£10 - £55|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|