A chance to hear the complete artistic range of pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in a programme of enticing works for piano and small ensemble.
Ólafsson first rose to prominence through his first two acclaimed albums, showcasing the music of Philip Glass and JS Bach respectively. This bold statement presenting the contemporary and the traditional has served to build up a career of immense versatility and an arresting style.
At the heart of tonight’s programme lies Bent Sørensen’s Papillons trilogy. Spun out of Sørensen’s veiled, dreamy musical voice, the evocative world of this piece for piano quintet flows through shifting soundscapes of nostalgia, fear and solitude, but also a sense of fragile optimism. A single seven-movement part for the piano across each of the three pieces is presented in new contexts each time by the ensemble, creating a beautiful kaleidoscopic effect.
And in a breathing space between each of Sørensen’s pieces, experience new musical miniatures by British composer Edmund Finnis.
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Prices & Discounts
£10 – £15
Book for both performances this evening and get your second ticket half-price
Tickets at student prices available via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability); subscription discounts not available
45 minutes, there is no interval
You can take drinks from the bar into this evening’s performance
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
This concert is part of Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival
Before the concert
Tyshawn Sorey – conductor; drums
- George Lewis The Will to Adorn (UK premiere)
- Tyshawn Sorey Autoschediasms (UK premiere)
- Tyshawn Sorey For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield (European premiere)
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Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.