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concert Sir Simon Rattle conducts Ravel, Barber, Harrison, and Varèse — With Barbara Hannigan London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Ravel, Barber, Harrison, and Varèse — With Barbara Hannigan London Symphony Orchestra

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Don't miss the extraordinary Barbara Hannigan on double duty in this tour de force at LSO St Luke's! To begin the evening, the superstar soprano and conductor sings and conducts Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 alongside the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra; this nostalgic, dreamlike setting of James Agee's homage to his childhood hometown, performed movingly by Hannigan, represents a moment of innocence before tragedy struck. Next, Maestro Sir Simon Rattle takes up the baton to conduct Lou Harrison's mysterious Song of Quetzacoatl, percussive and enigmatic, before the almost prophetic-sounding chords of Varèse's Offrandes offer a showcase for Hannigan's astonishing vocal agility. Finally, Ravel's beguiling Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) brings the concert to a serene and contemplative close.

Photo: Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig, Barbara Hannigan © Marco Borggreve

 

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Cast

Program

  • Samuel Barber, Knoxville: Summer of 1915
  • Lou Harrison, Song of Quetzalcoatl
  • Edgard Varèse, Offrandes
  • Maurice Ravel, Ma mère l'Oye (ballet music)
    • I. Prélude. Très lent - Danse du rouet et scène. Allegro
    • II. Pavane de la belle au bois dormant. Lent
    • III. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête. Mouvement de Valse. Modéré
    • IV. Petit poucet. Très modéré
    • V. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes. Mouvement de marche
    • VI. Apothéose. Le jardin féerique. Lent et grave

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Peter Maniura
  • Venue: LSO St Luke's (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 2021
  • Production: © LSO
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