Big Voices

Big Voices

Concerts in 2019/20 | Concerts in 2020/21

The LPO's concert season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall features some of the most inspiring, powerful and moving choral music ever written. We are joined by world-class soloists, both sharing the stage with the London Philharmonic Choir, and performing in their own right in vocal and operatic works. Highlights include Sally Matthews in Le temps l'horloge, the late Henri Dutilleux's beautiful meditation of transience and love, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.

2019/20 season

Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II | 4 April 2020

Truly Beethoven at his most radical and visionary, Jurowski conducts a selection of lesser-known choral and orchestral works, including his Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II - a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment.

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Wigglesworth's Augenlieder | 8 April 2020

Accompanied by performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Méhul’s Symphony No. 1, Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder (‘Eye Songs’) ‘glitters with skill’. Join soprano Sophie Bevan in a spellbinding rendition of this 2009 composition.

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Janáček's Glagolitic Mass | 25 April 2020

A celebration for the whole of creation, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass harnesses the elemental power of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir to its full capacity alongside works by Sibelius and Lutosławski.

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2020/21 season

Lutoslawski’s Espace du sommeil | 23 September 2020

Gerald Finley enters the luminous world of Lutosławski’s Les Espaces du sommeil. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular overture from Romeo and Juliet complete the programme.

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John Adams’s Harmonium | 26 September 2020

John Adams’s choral symphony Harmonium lifts off into realms of pure sonic ecstasy - the perfect modern counterpart to the heaven-storming fanfares of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage completes the programme.

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Thomas Larcher: A Padmore Cycle | 21 October 2020

Mark Padmore performs the haunted song-cycle that Thomas Larcher created specifically for Padmore's voice. Schubert’s delightful Second Symphony and Nielsen’s volcanic ‘Inextinguishable’ Symphony complete the programme.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 9 | 24 October 2020

The natural climax to our celebrations for Beethoven 250th anniversary – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a piece that transcends its era. First though, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.

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Enescu’s Symphony No. 3 | 2 December 2020

Enescu’s Third Symphony is a late-Romantic epic on a scale that Mahler would have recognized. Jurowski inspiringly pairs this with Elena Kats-Chernin’s Bach-inspired Third Piano Concerto performed by Tamara-Anna Cislowska.

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Stravinsky’s Pulcinella | 5 December 2020

A rare chance to hear a complete performance of Stravinsky’s irreverent mock-Baroque extravaganza, Pulcinella. But first, we open with Bach’s ‘Brandenburg’ Concerto No. 5 and the world premiere of Brett Dean’s The Players, performed by the phenomenal accordionist James Crabb.

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James MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio | 12 December 2020

James MacMillan writes with an energy, a commitment and an imaginative fire that give his music a universal appeal. His Christmas Oratorio will find something utterly original in this gentlest and most joyous of sacred stories.

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On Love and Hatred | 27 February 2021

The UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s emotionally-charged On Love and Hatred. The UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt, is the centrepiece of a whole evening of musical exploration. Opening with Eric Tanguy’s Affettuoso, a loving tribute to a friend by a great French master.

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Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony | 13 March 2021

Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony is an emotional odyssey on a universal scale that begins in tragedy and ends in the rebirth of a universe. In between comes tenderness, rage, pitch-black humour and – yes – the end of the world itself.

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Four Last Songs | Saturday 24 April 2021

In his penultimate concert with the LPO, Vladimir Jurowski champions Rachmaninoff’s bittersweet, neglected Third Symphony. First though comes Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen, and Miah Persson sings the Four Last Songs: sorrow transmuted into pure, radiant beauty.

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