Saturday 17 April 2010


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Resident at Southbank Centre

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Texan Tenebrae (UK premiere)
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 (The American Four Seasons) (European premiere)
Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No.3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), Op.36 *

An evening of music featuring premieres by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Philip Glass.

As the resounding stillness of his Third Symphony echoed through Europe in 1977, Henryk Gorecki's unparalleled music began to uplift, move, and inspire many thousands - often listeners entirely new to classical music. Whilst the pattern-based, hypnotic minimalism of Philip Glass was emerging in America, in Poland Gorecki was beginning to create music that concurrently displayed energy and placidity. It was inspired not by the compelling clacketty-clack of industrial America, but by the granite-like eternities of Polish soil, folksong and faith. Here, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Gorecki's Third Symphony* - a sorrowful, but captivating work evoking a feeling of timelessness as the strings play steadily moving chords underneath a sublimely expressive soprano voice - and Europe greets The American Four Seasons from Philip Glass.

Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm - Marin Alsop introduces the programme. Admission free.

Turnage's Texan Tenebrae is commissioned by the Festival de Musica de Canarias and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Glass' Violin Concerto No.2 (The American Four Seasons) is commissioned by the Toronto Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, Aspen Music Festival and School, Krannert Center at the University of Illinois and Carlsen Center at the Johnson County Community College.

*PLEASE NOTE that this is an alteration from the originally advertised work. Henryk Gorecki has, due to health problems, been unable to complete Symphony No.4, commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Southbank Centre London, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Zaterdag Matinee Amsterdam.


Marin Alsop conductor
Robert McDuffie violin
Joanna Wos soprano