About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Franz Liszt, Johann (Son) Strauss and Hannah Kendall at Barcelona's treasured and world‐renowned Palau de la Música Catalana.
The London Symphony Orchestra makes an appearance in the Palau 100 concert series once again, under the baton of Antonio Pappano, its new principal conductor, and with a truly unmissable programme. Firstly, the orchestra will perform a piece by British composer Hannah Kendall (1984), commissioned by the orchestra itself and premièred on this international tour. Secondly, German‐Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott and the orchestra will perform Franz Liszt's Totentanz, an outstanding work based on stylistic innovations to the Gregorian melody Dies irae. Finally, the evening’s main event will be a performance of the tone poem Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, whose first movement is doubtless seared into the minds of cinema fans thanks to the scene of the dawn of man in the legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick (1968).
- Hannah Kendall – O flower of fire (Work commissioned by the LSO)
- Franz Liszt – Totentanz
- Johann (Son) Strauss – Thus spoke Zaratustra
|Orchestra:||London Symphony Orchestra|
|Conductor:||Sir Antonio Pappano|
|Piano:||Alice Sara Ott|
Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Musica Catalana is a dazzling building situated in the northern part of Barcelona's Old Town. An architectural jewel of the Catalan Art Nouveau style, built between 1905 and 1908, its rich interior displays the work of the region's artisans in the form of stained-glass windows, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and blacksmithing. The extensive use of glass in the construction of the venue creates stunningly radiant interiors. The dusty red facade of the Palau is decorated with busts of great composers including Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, and colorful mosaics in floral patterns. The centre of the Palau is the magnificent concert hall, entirely lit by natural sunlight due to the extraordinary skylight in the centre of the richly ornate ceiling, which is popular for symphonic and chamber music. According to Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed the Palau, the aim was to create a “garden for music” – an objective he definitely managed to achieve.
Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, pianist and conductor of the 19th century Romantic era. He was well-known for his prodigious virtuosic skill as a pianist all over Europe. In fact, he was one of the most prominent representatives of the New German School (Neudeutsche Schule) as a composer. Over the course of his career he created extensive and diverse bodies of works that influenced contemporaries and anticipated many 20th-century ideas and trends. For instance, his most notable musical contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, making radical departures in harmony and developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form.