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Christ on the Mount of Olives

Christ on the Mount of Olives

Date: 19 Jan
Time: 19:00
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Lisa Batiashvili violin
Elsa Dreisig soprano
Pavol Breslik tenor
David Soar bass
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Marrying emotive force with theatricality, Sir Simon Rattle sheds light on Beethoven's one and only oratorio and Berg's lyrical Violin Concerto with Lisa Batiashvili.

Lisa Batiashvili brings sensitivity and supple technique to Berg's Violin Concerto, an ode to lost youth composed after the death of Alma Gropius' daughter, aged just 18. Berg did not survive to hear the work's premiere, which combines experimentation with lyrical melodies, ending with variations based on a hymn tune by Bach.

In the words of Sir Simon Rattle, Beethoven is 'absolutely inescapable', especially in the year of his 250th anniversary, yet Christ on the Mount of Olives is woefully under-performed. An intriguing kaleidoscope of musical notions, revealing Beethoven's own growth as a composer, and acting as a treasure chest of ideas foreshadowing what he was yet to create: orchestra, chorus and soloists come together to tell the story of Jesus' prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Student Pulse tickets are also available for a repeat performance on Thursday 13 February.

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