Opera + Classical Music Features

Helmut Lachenmann

Whatever lofty claims are made about new composers who do away with convention or find an original voice none of them have ever been as striking as Helmut Lachenmann.

Lachenmann is one of musics great condensers, he distils music into what he sees as its most urgent, purest elements and presents his audience with a totally fresh and ravishing sound-world.

His material, his bread and butter, is nothing so simple as notes Lachenmann starts with every other sound an instrument can make, from wheezes to sniffles, and from those other sounds he builds a dense web of delicate, fragile whisperings to produce the most intense music imaginable.

This generous series of concerts at the Southbank Centre is absolutely unmissable for anyone who values new music, and since Lachenmann will be performing and discussing his own work, these concerts and events are also a must for anyone who wants to witness a part of musical history.

Saturday 23rd October
Lachenmann Chamber Music Day

Part one: 3:00pm
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 3
Arditti String Quartet

Part two: 4:15pm
Lachenmann discusses his music with Ivan Hewitt

Part three: 5:30pm
Ein Kinderspiel
Got Lost
Helmut Lachenmann, piano
Oliver Coates, cello
Clio Gould, violin
Sarah Leonard, soprano
Rolf Hind, piano

Queen Elizabeth Hall
15 12 9

Sunday 24th October
Pre-concert Film Screening
where Ive never been before
Purcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pre-Concert Discussion
Are you listening, or just hearing?
Norman Lebrecht discusses Mahler and the development of sound
Level 5 Function room
Royal Festival Hall

Ausklang for piano and orchestra
London Sinfonietta
Royal Festival Hall
17 12 8

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