Brilliant Weill from Kožená, Rattle and the LSO at the Barbican

The Seven Deadly Sins is perhaps the most interesting of the collaborations between Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht.  Composed ‘post-rift’ in 1933, this ballet chanté is sophisticated both musically and…

Exile and Isolation: Julian Anderson’s Suite from Exiles, the LSO and Simon Rattle

Often you go to concerts and the programming isn’t especially obvious – why are these works being played besides each other?  This is particularly the case with concertos and symphonies.…

Profound questions from Ondřej Adámek and the LSO, at the Barbican

An obvious risk, and frustration, in asking infinitely profound questions is that one knows they cannot be answered.  The title of Ondřej Adámek’s orchestral song-cycle, Where Are You?, poses one such…