Saturday 25 September 2010


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Resident at Southbank Centre

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.63
Matteo D'Amico: Flight from Byzantium - for speaker, vocal ensemble & orchestra (World premiere)
Guillaume Dufay: Moribus et genere
Guillaume Dufay: Vergene Bella
Guillaume Dufay: Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae
Bela Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin, complete

A contrasting programme of orchestral works including Bartók's dramatic Miraculous Mandarin and a new work by contemporary composer Matteo D'Amico.

1918, and Béla Bartók encountered the legend of a young girl, forced by three thugs to lure men from the street into their den. When she encounters a magical Mandarin, a wild pursuit ensues before she embraces him and he dies. The story drew from Bartók his most astonishing orchestral creation, a piece that thrusts life into the manic tumult of the chase as the orchestra screws itself towards breaking point before plunging into its final catastrophic chords.

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the assistance of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Matteo D'Amico's view of the flight of civilisation from ancient Istanbul receives its world premiere at this concert - a piece for speaker, vocal ensemble and orchestra whose sudden journeying offers a provocative counterpoint to Bartók's.

Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm - Pre-concert talk. Members of the Hilliard Ensemble talk about D'Amico's Flight from Byzantium. Admission free.

Level 2 Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall at 9.45pm - Barlines, post-concert event with Vladimir Jurowski. Admission free.


Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Omar Ebrahim narrator
The Hilliard Ensemble
London Philharmonic Choir

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