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Poem of Ecstasy
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Poem of Ecstasy

Date: 24 Mar
Time: 18:00
François-Xavier Roth

Simon Halsey

When the whole concert hall becomes the stage: David Lang's the public domain is performed by 500 people, followed by Philippe Manoury's Ring with François-Xavier Roth and Scriabin's ethereal Poem of Ecstasy.

Enter into the discordant and energetically disorienting sound world of Philippe Manoury's Ring, written for large 'spatialised' orchestra and extended percussion. Steel drums, timbales and anvils all feature in this new musical experience, as LSO musicians are scattered throughout the Barbican Hall.

Scriabin's Symphony Fourth Symphony, The Poem of Ecstasy, depicts a cosmic spirit's assent into consciousness, the 'joy of liberated action, a divine play of worlds' according to the composer. The piece seems to alternate between slow, unhurried languor and striving energy, all based around the composer's new modes of tonality giving the end product an ethereal sense of musical mysticism.

The concert begins on the foyers with a performance of David Lang's Public Domain, directly followed by Philippe Manoury's Ring whilst the audience members take their seats in the hall.

This event is part of LSO Futures.

Performed on the foyers
DAVID LANG The Public Domain * (UK premiere)

In the Barbican Hall
PHILIPPE MANOURY Ring ^
Interval
DONGHOON SHIN Kafka's Dream (world premiere) **
SCRIABIN Symphony No 4, 'The Poem of Ecstasy'

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Simon Halsey conductor *
London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Chorus
LSO Community Choir

* Supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust.

** Commissioned via the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust

^ The performance of Philippe Manoury's Ring is generously supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Sacem, the British Council, the French Ministry of Culture, the Bureau Export, the Institut français and the Friends of the French Institute Trust

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