The series begins on March 22nd with a mixed line-up of New World sparkle. Alberto Ginastera (Danzas argentinas) is Argentina’s most important composer. His Piano Concerto No. 1 (1961) is atonal but attractive, with imaginative orchestration and crashing rhythms. It will be matched by Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring (1944), which soars with the promise of American life. The line-up is competed with two UK premieres from California-infused maestros, Andrew Norman and John Williams of Star Wars fame.
The second and third nights are both devoted to a single titanic work. On the 23rd, Dudamel and his orchestra will play Oliver Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles (1974), a visionary masterpiece inspired by the canyons of Utah. Vividly expressive, it will be played before new visuals by photographer Deborah O’Grady, who has spent her life depicting the sublimity of nature.
The LA Phil’s Barbican residency comes to a close with Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (1983-6), the longest piece by a composer given to gigantism. The opening movement alone lasts over half an hour. A passionate hymn to the glories of nature, it combines orchestral and choral forces to astounding effect. With Dudamel and the LA Phil, it promises to be spectacular.
|What||Dudamel and the LA Phil, Barbican Centre|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 22 Mar 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
On 23 Mar 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
On 24 Mar 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|