Wednesday 1 December, 7.30pm at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
London Sinfonietta explores the music of Catalan visionary Roberto Gerhard in this sun-soaked and folkloric programme, alongside three pieces by living composers. Gerhard’s brilliantly virtuosic pieces are named for the zodiac symbols: Libra, his own sign, draws together a colourfully rhythmic folk-like melody with 12-tone influences, while Leo, written for his wife, contrasts the lion’s lazy peacefulness with awe-inspiring outbursts when roused.
The London Sinfonietta returns to these pieces, having given their first European performances in the ensemble’s first year of existence.
Roberto Gerhard Libra
Lisa Illean Januaries
Joan Magrané Figuera Faula
Raquel García Tomás aequae
Roberto Gerhard Leo
Edmon Colomer conductor