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Visions of Ecstasy
MESSIAEN Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
Edward Gardner conductor*
High in the Alps, Olivier Messiaen saw heaven burst open – and a vision of the stars themselves filling the universe with songs of joy. Arnold Schoenberg imagined two lovers walking through a moonlit forest – consumed with tragedy, and then breathless with wonder. And by some miracle, both composers translated their dreams into sounds like you’ve never heard: a ringing, psychedelic ritual for all the orchestra’s woodwinds, brass and percussion, and a symphonic poem for strings, as passionate and sensuous as the headiest Hollywood film score. Edward Gardner splits the LPO in two, and doubles the emotional intensity.
* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael
This concert will be filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall by Silent Studios and will be broadcast online by our streaming partner Marquee TV. The concert will premiere at 8pm on Wednesday 7 October and will be available for you to enjoy at home free of charge for an initial 7-day period.