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At the heart of Southbank Centre’s classical music season lie performances by some of the biggest stars from the world stage.
These concerts are an inspiring opportunity to hear today’s leading musicians perform a selection of seminal classics.
Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker - one of the most thrilling musical pairings today - bring two extraordinarily rich programmes to Southbank Centre. Hear the soloistic brilliance of the Orchestra’s individual musicians in a chamber music programme of Mahler, Schoenberg and Schubert, before the whole orchestra joins together to play Mahler’s immense Third Symphony. ‘I am delighted to be returning to London with the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2011 for this major four-day project at the Barbican and Southbank Centre,’ says Rattle.
Mahler is also the focus this season for one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, Lorin Maazel, who celebrates the German composer’s music in a series of concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
And two of the greatest pianists today, Daniel Barenboim and Maurizio Pollini, visit Royal Festival Hall during the season in a series of highly-anticipated performances. Having both enjoyed careers spanning over 50 years, these musicians bring an unbelievable wealth of performing experience to the platform.
The illustrious Italian soprano shows off her extraordinary vocal skills in Berlioz’s dramatic La Mort de Cléopâtre, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Wednesday 16 February 2011
Embark on an epic symphonic journey with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the most prestigious musical partnerships today, as part of Shell Classic International Sunday 20 & Wednesday 23 February 2011, Rattle also appears with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Tuesday 21 June 2011
Regularly acknowledged as the world’s greatest living conductor, Mariss Jansons brings the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to London to perform Beethoven and Strauss as part of Shell Classic International. Friday 25 March 2011
The legendary 81-year-old conductor Lorin Maazel joins the Philharmonia Orchestra in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Mahler. Throughout April, May, September & October 2011
Two of the world’s greatest musical icons join forces to perform music by Liszt and Wagner as part of Shell Classic International. Monday 13 June 2011
With a career spanning over 50 years, Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini is one of the most important artists performing today. He gives five solo recitals throughout 2011
Shell Classic International: Shell supports Southbank Centre in bringing the finest international orchestras to London.