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Sir Simon Rattle conducts: Turangalîla and Betsy Jolas|London Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday June 14, 2023 at 19:00
Barbican Hall, London
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  1. Ces belles années… (world premiere) - Betsy Jolas
  2. Turangalîla-Symphonie - Olivier Messiaen

Sir Simon Rattle ends his final concert as LSO music director with Messiaen’s mind-blowing Turangalîla-Symphonie – an explosion of passionate emotion and ear-tingling sound.

Imagine a starburst of love on a cosmic scale. Now add a colossal orchestra, an unstoppable pianist and a vintage electronic instrument straight out of science fiction, and you’re still not even half-way to imagining Messiaen’s mind-boggling Turangalîa-Symphonie. Betsy Jolas’s music is more understated – but it still packs a tremendous emotional punch.

So what happier way for Sir Simon Rattle to bring down the curtain on his years as Music Director of the LSO, before he takes up the role of Conductor Emeritus? He’s joined by two of his oldest musical friends – pianist Peter Donohoe and ondes martenot player Cynthia Millar – who also happen to be two of Messiaen’s supreme living interpreters. And with a new work from Betsy Jolas, he’s going out as he came in, with one eye fixed confidently on the future.

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